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Resources, Events, Meetings, and More

Jul 09, 2023

By The New Pelican Newspaper | on August 16, 2023

Tax Holiday

Below is a list of items that are exempt from sales tax during the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 26 to Sept. 8. Visit for the full list.

Laundry detergent and supplies

Fabric softener

Dryer sheets

Stain removers


Toilet paper

Paper towels

Paper napkins and tissues


Body wash



Cleaning wipes

Trash bags

Portable self-powered radios

Two-way radios

Weather-band radios

Gas or diesel fuel tanks

Batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt


Smoke detectors or alarms

Fire extinguishers

Carbon monoxide detectors

House of Savings

For every FPL customer who completes the House of Savings experience (an energy saving program), $2 will be donated on their behalf, up to a total of $100,000, toward FPL’s Care to Share program, which helps Floridians experiencing financial difficulties. Visit for more information.

Free Lunch

Broward County Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch to all district students during the 2023/24 school year through the Community Eligibility Provision and a new pilot program – Universal Free Lunch. To sustain the Universal Free Lunch Program Pilot and to be eligible for additional benefits, parents are urged to complete the online application for Meal Benefits and the Income Survey Form. Both forms are available at

Shred Event

Deerfield Beach – The City of Deerfield Beach will be hosting a free shredding event, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fire Station 66, 590 S. Powerline Road. Residents may bring old files and confidential paperwork for shredding. The customer is responsible for removing all large metal and plastic clips, spines, and plastic notebook covers. File folders, paperclips, and staples are acceptable. Proof of residency must be provided – a driver’s license or utility bill. The limit is two boxes per vehicle.

Sarah’s Songs In Summer

Pompano Beach – Sarah’s Songs In Summer, an intimate cocktail party featuring the music of Sarah Sellers McDougald and other local musicians, will take place Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sample-McDougald House, 450 NE 10 St. The cost is $15 for the public and free to Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society members. There will be an open bar and light bites served.

CERT Training

Pompano Beach – Training classes for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) begin Oct. 4. CERT members will train with Pompano Beach Fire Rescue for eight weeks and learn skills that can help their families and community after a disaster. Visit to register.

Yard Sale

Oakland Park – The city is partnering with Oakland Park Kiwanis to host the citywide yard sale on Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy. Vendor spaces are available, $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Visit to register.


Fort Lauderdale – The Broward Women’s Chorus will hold auditions to recruit new members on Aug. 30, 10 a.m. at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9 Ave. Call 954-942-8711 for an audition appointment.

Dine Out Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale – Ready to tempt your tastebuds? Visit Lauderdale’s “Dine Out Lauderdale” restaurant month is ready to help make it happen. Visit Lauderdale is offering locals and visitors a smorgasbord of ways to eat their way through Greater Fort Lauderdale with curated, three-course dining options. From Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, more than 80 participating restaurants and eateries throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale will feature prix fixe menus at $45, $55 or a luxe option for $75. Visit for more information.

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove

Wilton Manors – The award-winning, LGBT landmark play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove by Jane Chambers, will be performed at The Foundry, July 27 to Aug. 20. Visit to buy tickets ($37.50).

Addiction Recovery

Margate – A peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery, hosted by Learn to Cope Florida, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Fellowship Recovery Center, 5400 W. Atlantic Blvd.

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