Cultural Events


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In January, a monument to the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be place in front of the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. The monument is being created by Dari Patsiokas and it will express her views and feelings on Civil Rights through sculpture and painting. It will be a 13.5 ton granite sculpture. “This is a monument to Martin Luther King, a man of wisdom and courage,” said Dari. “It is important for us to never forget his life and work.”

Recently members of the community came together at the Northwest Regional Library to hold a soft ground breaking for the monument. It will include a picture of Martin Luther King and some of his quotes. The piece honors the memory of Martin Luther King and those who have stood on behalf of people to demand their rights.

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Coral Glades High School needs an auditorium. It is the only high school in Broward County that does not have one. Members of the  Coral Glades drama program have received recognition for their work but still not auditorium. The school opened in 2004. Linda Gaynor, other parents drama students came to the Coral Springs Commission meeting to ask for support for a new auditorium. The Commission promised to support the school’s effort to get one.

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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