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An Insider's Guide To Hollywood, Florida

  • The 7th Annual Veterans Barbecue and an “Endangered” Exhibit

    Join us this month for two terrific events....

    Join us this month for two terrific events. The 7th Annual Veterans Barbecue is an always-popular venue for some delicious barbecue and family-friendly fun, but also gives locals a chance to honor our local veterans and active members of our armed forces by volunteering for the afternoon. This year’s event will be held picnic-style at pavilion #12 of the Topeekeegee Yugnee (TY) Park on Saturday, November 11th at 12:00 p.m. for more information, and to reserve attendance, call (954) 921-3404.

    Artist Frances Tyler’s “Endangered” will be on exhibit from November 1st – 30th at the Anne Kolb Nature Center’s gallery. Tyler’s work for this collection is conservation-themed and features both threatened and endangered species. A part of the collection’s sales will go toward preservation and conservation organizations. An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, November 18th, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend. For details, call (954) 357-5161.

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  • Art Walk, Scary Movies, & A Costume Party

    Join us this month for some fabulous, fun, and family-friendly activities. First, explore the many shops and galleries during Downtown ArtWalk. Held the third Saturday of every month, this month’s walk is scheduled for 5 to 10pm on Saturday, October 21st. Enjoy cultural entertainment and live music as you stroll and browse, and be sure to check out the murals and the recently-launched Artisan Market. For more information, call (954) 924-2980....

    Every Friday, load up the kids and some picnic blankets for movies at ArtsPark. This month’s lineup features “Goosebumps” on October 13th, “Hotel Transylvania” on October 20th, and “Gremlins" on October 27th. All three movies are rated PG, and begin at 8pm. For more information, call (954) 921-3500.

    And, don’t miss the third annual Hollyweird Halloween Block Party on Saturday, October 28th. This holiday bash runs from 6pm to 2am, and the family-friendly events include face painting, a magic show, trick or treating, and balloon twisters until 9pm. Afterward, the party rocks on with outdoor bars, live bands, and adult costume contests.

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  • A Sotherly Host Recommends: Hit the Beach and the Boardwalk

    September is autumn’s herald, and while residents of other parts of the country are unpacking sweaters and jackets, Floridians are still experiencing the glorious warmth of the season. Here, September means “business as usual” at the beach. Selected as one of the "Best Beaches for Families" in Florida by Fodor's Travel Guide, the Hollywood Beach is the sole Broward and Miami-Dade beach to be recognized for both its amenities and its sand quality....

    The folks here are proud of their beach, and many of them participate in the monthly “Beach Sweep Clean-Up held on the second Saturday of every month. On Saturday, September 9th, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., volunteers will converge on Charnow Park, don gloves, pick up garbage bags, and hit the beach to collect litter and cigarette butts. To volunteer, call (954) 967-4526. Afterward, stroll along Hollywood’s recently renovated oceanfront Boardwalk. It’s 2.5 miles of shops, hotels, cafes, resorts, parks, and stunning oceanside scenery. Or, rent a bicycle and cruise at your own pace while you explore. The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk also offers a free weekly live music series, and has been named one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks by Travel and Leisure magazine.

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  • A Sotherly Host Recommends: Arts in August

    This August, visitors to Hollywood and guests of the Hyde Resort can take advantage of a variety of exhibits, art camps, and performances for the entire family at the Arts and Culture Center. “In Service/Out of Service,” a performance art exhibit by David Rohn will be performed through August 20th. Rohn’s performance starkly emphasizes the plights of those who work in service, as it empathizes with those who have been displaced and/or marginalized. Subjects include a waitress, a housekeeper, a security guard, and a car mechanic....

    Also showing through August 20th is Charley Friedman’s “Moist Things” “Science Project” exhibit. This fun display seeks to challenge to how we view ordinary objects, and features spinning beach balls, sponges, and kiddie pools. Offered through August 18, the Summer Arts Camp features a variety of programs featuring performing arts, music, visual arts, and interdisciplinary programs for every interest and skill level. Children and teens gain skill and confidence while preparing for public performances and exhibitions, such as the 2016 performance of “Seussical Jr.”  Programs offered include Littlest Actors and Artists for 4-6-year-olds, Young Actors and Artists for 6-12-year-olds, and Broadway Actors, an intensive performance program for ages 8-18.

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  • July 4th: A Sotherly Host's Holiday Suggestions

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. Guests of the Hyde Hollywood Resort are cordially invited to join in the fun and family-friendly events and activities listed below....

    On July 4th, Charnow Park will kick off the festivities from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with DJ Tony Mixx, featuring music and games. Afterward, on the park’s beach side, the 13th Army Band of the Florida National Guard will perform from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Johnson Street Plaza will offer a Social Media Station from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and offer visitors photo ops against backgrounds with either a patriotic or beach theme. Offshore fireworks will provide a perfect ending to the celebration. Beginning at 9:00 p.m., the star-spangled show can be seen from many great locations on the beach. To avoid traffic and parking fees, families can take ride the Hollywood Trolley for only $1 per ride from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

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  • Two Terrific Father's Day Ideas

    This year, give Dad something he'll remember for years to come with these two suggestions that are sure to please. First, indulge his playful side, his love of adventure, and his competitive spirit with the exciting gift of indoor skydiving....

    Dad can experience the sensation of outdoor skydiving without the risks, as the thrill of free falling becomes a safe reality. A vertical wind tunnel simulates genuine conditions as skydivers “fly” on a smooth column of air; landing securely and easily. Less than 30 minutes away, iFly Ft. Lauderdale is one of many places now offering indoor skydiving.

    Has Dad always dreamed of being behind the wheel of an exotic car? Indulge his James Bond fantasy with an Aston Martin, or help him check an item off his bucket list by zooming around in a Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, or Porsche for a day. Or, rent a vehicle and track time so Dad can really cut loose and open up the powerful engine. Many area dealers offer rentals on these and other luxury vehicles, along with time on local tracks. Ready to book your Hollywood getaway? For information on reservations, call (754) 212-3083, or email: info@hydebeachresort.com.

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  • Celebrate National Golf Month in Sunny Hollywood Florida

    May is National Golf Month, and it’s an ideal time to get back into the “swing” of things! The city of Hollywood is a golfer’s haven, with a variety of clubs and courses that have something to offer golfers at every level of experience, such as the three below....

    Hollywood Beach Golf Resort

    The resort boasts a scenic and challenging 18-hole course, with strategically placed bunkers, narrow fairways, and water hazards help you hone your game. For details, call (954) 927-1751.

    Orangebrook Golf & Country Club

    This historic 36-hole championship golf course is located in the heart of Hollywood, and hosts the Women’s International 4-Ball golf tournament. The club has also hosted the Men’s Amateur 4-Ball golf tournament, which was won in 1960 by Jack Nicklaus and Deane Beman. For details, call (954) 967-4653.

    The Club at Emerald Hills

    Named #1 rated course in the state of Florida by the USGA and the South Florida Business Journal, the Club at Emerald Hills also hosts the PGA Tour Doral and Honda Open Qualifiers. The Club has also hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open qualifiers as well as several local PGA events. Call (954) 961-4000 for details.

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  • It's Raining Marshmallows

    Look for sunny skies and raining marshmallows on Saturday, April 8th, when the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts hosts the Spring Marshmallow Drop at the Boulevard Heights Community Center in West Hollywood. ...

    This family-friendly event will include an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and the dropping of over 30,000 marshmallows from a helicopter. The fun begins at 2:00 p.m., and the drop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

    Children aged 3-12 are invited to participate and all are asked to bring their own bags, baskets, and other containers to collect eggs and marshmallows. Everyone who participates will win a bag of candy, and participants will also be eligible for other prizes of gift bags and bicycles. A Toddler Zone has also been added this year, with fun and games for those who are two years old and younger.

    The annual marshmallow drop traditionally attracts thousands of children and adults, so participants are advised to arrive early in order to check in and get a wristband. For more information, call the Boulevard Heights Community Center at (954) 967-4235.

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  • Celebrate "All Things Irish" in Hollywood

    Experience all the joy and excitement of a grand parade as bagpipe and drum corps, dozens of decorative floats, and local marching bands usher in Hollywood’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival on Sunday, March 12....

    The festivities start at 12:00 p.m., and the parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street in Downtown Hollywood. This year’s Grand Marshall is Peggy Campbell, and radio personality Footy will emcee. After the parade, the party will continue until 6:00 p.m. on the stage at Hollywood Boulevard and 19th Avenue, with traditional Irish entertainment by UV, a U2 tribute band, Joe Dougherty, and roving performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps.

    Get your Irish on with Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and a variety of green beverages from downtown restaurants, and children will have a blast with games and crafts featured at Downtown’s Anniversary Park! Parking will be available for the day in marked lots and public garages in the downtown area for a fee of $10. For details and more information, call (954) 921-3404.

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  • Fly High With This Sweetheart Deal

    This Valentine’s Day, give your special someone the exciting gift of indoor skydiving, courtesy of iFLY’s “Two Can Fly” special. It’s a gift they’ll always remember, and both of you can feel comfortable and secure knowing you are skydiving in a safe and reliable environment....

    This is the perfect gift for those who have always wanted to try skydiving, but were wary about the risks involved with the sport. With indoor skydiving, the dream of freefalling can become a safe reality, as the technology of the vertical wind tunnel simulates the genuine freefall conditions.

    At iFLY, the dream of flight becomes a reality as you “fly” on a smooth column of air and land safely and easily. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked on this new sporting genre of sport. Termed “bodyflight,” it is rapidly gaining momentum with traditional skydivers and other sports enthusiasts around the world.

    Snag your “Spread Your Wings for Two” packages soon, because this deal expires after Valentine’s Day. Call (844) 650-7433 or visit: https://www.iflyworld.com/contact-us/.

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  • Valentine's Day Romance Package

    A lavish room at our up-scale Hyde Resort & Residences in Hollywood and a couples massage at the on property Eména Spa is the perfect way to spend your Valentine's Day!...

    Experience the ultimate Valentine's day Romance Package at the Hyde Resort & Residence. 

    Through the entire month of February, and especially on Valentine's Day, Hyde Resort & Residences and Eména Spa will offer an amazing romance package. Enjoy the breathtaking views from your one-bedroom Ocean-view suite with fully equipped kitchen and balcony with spectacular views before partaking one of enéma spa's signature relaxation treatments with a couples massage. 

    For 50 minutes you and your soulmate will experience the true meaning of bliss. Named " Agapi" after Greek meaning of love this massage has been designed to create a one-of-a-kind spa experience for you and your partner. Enjoy a couple's massage in a luxurious treatment room that is specially designed for you to share this intimate relaxation moment together. Customized to fit your desired touch, our massage specialist are able to personalize your treatment to accommodate your relaxation needs. This luxury package is priced at $649 per couple. 

    Taxes and Resort fees not included. Additional nights are available. Valid February 1, 2017 through February 28, 2017. All spa services are subject to an 18% gratuity which will be added to spa services for you convenience. Offer based on availability and valid only at Eména Spa at Hyde Resort & Residences location. 

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  • 8th Annual All-Media Juried Biennial

    A fantastic array of original art by 63 Florida artists will be on display from January 21st - March 5th at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center....

    A fantastic array of original art by 63 Florida artists will be on display from January 21st - March 5th at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center. This year’s Biennial will offer 77 works in assorted mediums, all hand-picked by juror Katherine Pill. Ms. Pill is the curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and the previous Assistant Curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Pill made her selections from over 391 artist’s submissions in such media as sculpture, paintings, prints, computer-generated images, video, performance, and site-specific installations. Winners will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, January 20, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. A cash prize of $3,000 will be awarded for Best in Show, $2,000 for First Place, $1,000 for Second Place, and $500 for Third Place. Honorable Mentions will also be awarded. For more information, visit online at http://artandculturecenter.org/, or call (954) 921-3274.

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  • Make Your Christmas Merrier and Brighter

    This year, come to Hollywood for holiday fun and family-friendly activities, including the three below....

    This year, come to Hollywood for holiday fun and family-friendly activities, including the three below. 

    Christmas near the Beach will be held on December 10th from 4:00-9:00pm at the Arts Park, with bands, vendors, and free photos with Santa. Everyone is invited to make history during the world record try for “Most People Caroling.” Visit: www.christmasnearthebeach.com.

    Check out the Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk on December 17th for a unique combination of music and art. Visit the new Downtown Artisan Market, and join the guided mural tour beginning at 6:00pm. “Impulse Art,” a combination of music and foot painting, begins at 8:00pm. Visit: FloridasHollywood.org/ArtWalk for details.

    On December 18th and 24th, Cinema Paradiso Hollywood will screen director Yuri Grigorovich’s Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker. Performed by the renowned dance company, this film version of the holiday favorite has a “G” rating, but is shown in Russian with English subtitles, so may not be suitable for everyone. For details, visit: http://www.fliff.com/movies/bolshoi-ballet-the nutcracker/#tickets.

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  • Have a Beachfront Thanksgiving

    This year, skip the holiday stress and head for Hyde Resort Hollywood. Here, you can move at your own pace....

    This year, skip the holiday stress and head for Hyde Resort Hollywood. Here, you can move at your own pace. Instead of hustling around basting the turkey, enjoy a comfortable condo and the dazzling sands of a beach chosen by Fodor’s as one of the “Best Beaches for Families” in the state of Florida.

     

    Savor a leisurely stroll along Hollywood’s oceanfront Boardwalk, and explore the shops, cafes, and restaurants - all ideal places for meals during your holiday stay. Or, work off that indulgent Thanksgiving dinner with a scenic bicycle ride, with rentals available by the hour, day, or week.

     

    The kids will have a blast at oceanfront Charnow Park’s playgrounds and its interactive fountain with the tiled dolphins, and parents will appreciate the clean restrooms, shaded seating, and picnic pavilions.

     

    This holiday season, treat your family to a beachfront Thanksgiving. It’s a gift they’ll be grateful for and will remember for years to come.

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  • Funtastic Fridays at Young Circle ArtsPark

    Treat your family to a free fun-fest at ArtsPark at Young Circle as downtown Hollywood hosts Funtastic Fridays from 5-8pm. ...

    Treat your family to a free fun-fest at ArtsPark at Young Circle. Located in Downtown Hollywood, the 10-acre park is proud to host Funtastic Fridays every Friday from 5-8pm. Little ones can have a blast in the bounce house, have their faces painted, or make a splash in an interactive fountain.

    Afterward, it’s time for movie night, so grab some snacks and make yourselves comfortable on the lawn. ArtsPark shows free movies every Friday from 8-10pm, and parents can relax - as selections are always “family films” appropriate for all ages.

    October’s movies include Casper on 10/14, E.T. on 10/21, and Beetlejuice on 10/28. Only lawn seating is available, so be sure to bring chairs and blankets and feel free to pack your own picnic with tasty movie treats too! Ample parking is free and convenient, or the family can take a ride on the Hollywood Trolley to get to the park. For more information, call 954-921-3500, or visit: www.hollywoodfl.org. Young Circle is a short 10 min drive from the hotel.

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