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October is Adopt-a-pet month

Private and public shelters are filled with lost or abandoned pets. They are all hoping for a new, loving home. Cat & DogUnfortunately, most of these pets will not get a new home. This year eight million unwanted dogs will be euthanized/gassed in the USA. Save a life by adopting a pet from your local animal shelter.

Here are some excellent places to start looking for local pets.

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, the American Kennel Club is an excellent resource. It has several sections you may want to read (before getting a dog), including; Are you ready for a dog?, The right dog for you, Finding your dog, and Being a responsible dog owner.

October is adopt-a-pet month, but there are many ways to help a pet in need. Shelters always appreciate donations and volunteers.

I hope you have a happy October and maybe a happy new pet.

Add comment October 27th, 2006

Bealls Outlet has lots of ways for you to save

shopping bagsBealls Outlet has great pricing. On top of that, they have free customer shopping programs to help you save even more money. Here are a few of their programs.

  • Friday Club
    If you’re 49 and under, receive 15% off all purchases (including clearance) every Friday.
  • Frequent Shopper Cards
    Receive 1 stamp for every $10 purchase. Then, redeem your completed card for 20% discount on entire purchase (including clearance). This card can be used in conjunction with the Friday Club.
  • V.I.P. Shopper Program
    Provide them with your e-mail address and they will send you advance notice of their upcoming promotions.

Bealls Outlet has locations in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. Locally they can be found in Pembroke Pines, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale, and North Lauderdale. For exact addresses and other locations, please click here.

Good luck with the pursuit to save a buck!

1 comment October 26th, 2006

Halloween Events in S. Florida (2006)

Candy PumpkinThere are some great halloween/fall festival events going on in South Florida this year. I’ve pulled together a list of events for Saturday, October 28th and Tuesday, October 31st.

Halloween Fun Fair
presented by Muggsy’s Meadow

  • Date & Time: Saturday, October 28th from Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Broward Mall (in the Center Court)
    8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954-473-8100
  • Ages: 1 to 12
  • Admission: Free
  • A fun-filled afternoon including pumpkin painting & decorating, a costume contest, face-painting, and trick-or-treating throughout the mall. Enjoy music, entertainment, giveaways, and more!

Fall Harvest Festival & Halloween Safety Expo

  • Date & Time: Saturday, October 28th from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Tequesta Trace Park
    600 Indian Trace, Weston, 954-389-4321 or 954-276-5985
  • Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun and learning including: live entertainment, rock climbing, bounce house, inflatable slide, arts & crafts, food, DJ music, pumpkin patch, teddy bear clinic, bloodmobile, and free health screenings. There will also be the following:
    • Children’s Halloween Costume Parade – 2:15 p.m.
    • Pet Costume Contest – 4:00 p.m.
    • Kids’ Ice Cream-Eating Contest – 4:30 p.m.
    • Free cotton candy and snow cones!

Presented by Math Monkey and BB&T Bank

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 31st, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Weston Town Center
    At the corner of Royal Palm Blvd., (old Arvida Pkwy.) & Bonaventure Blvd., 954-349-5900
  • Annual children’s Halloween Festival featuring live music, a costume contest with prizes, Halloween characters, and many more surprises.

Halloween Celebration

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 31st, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Aventura Mall in the Macy’s Court, JCPenney Court, & the Fountain Court
    19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-933-1110
  • Ages: All
  • Admission: Free
  • An evening of face painters, balloon artists, haunting music while you take a photo of your little goblin (fees for photos), or view the bubbling cauldron. Charlie Brown will read The Great Pumpkin and other stories. There will be candy stations manned by costumed characters.

Spooktacular Halloween

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 31st, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Town Center
    2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, 954-704-1631
  • Admission: Free
  • South Florida Parenting Magazine will entertain the children with a spooktacular magic show, music, crafts, Halloween themed games & prizes, and a balloon artist. Also enjoy the costume parade (begins at 7:30 p.m.) and the trick or treat stations.


  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 31st, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Pines Recreation Center
    7400 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-435-6525
  • Admission: Free
  • An evening of Halloween activities, costume contests, pumpkin patch, halloween shows, and spooky strolling characters. Also, enjoy rides, trick or treat stations, and many more surprises.

Halloween at Sawgrass Mills
Date: Tuesday, October 31st
Three events:

  • Rainforest Cafe
    • Times: from 4:00 p.m. to close
      Ages: 12 and under
      Kids in costume eat free on Halloween, with the purchase of an adult entree.
  • Wannado City Court
    • Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      The first 200 Muggsy members get their photo taken and a scrapbook page.
  • Trick-or-Treat
    • Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Put on your spookiest costume for a fun, safe evening of trick-or-treating at participating stores, while supplies last.

Whether you decide to go out or stay home, I hope you have a safe, enjoyable evening.

Add comment October 25th, 2006

Boats & Art in S. Florida this weekend

If you’re over the whole halloween thing and want something different to do, you’re in luck. The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and Art in the Park will be going on. Here are the details.

Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show
It’s the world’s largest boat show featuring more than a billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of accessories. The show encompasses over 3 million square feet of space, both on land and in water, at six sites (all connected by the Show Transportation Network).

Art in the Park
A juried art show featuring appoximately 130 artists, specialty foods, snacks and beverages for purchase, live entertainment, and a separate KIDS KORNER with entertainment by & for kids, activities, and crafts. (For a schedule of kid’s entertainment, please click here.)

  • Location: Liberty Tree Park
    Corner of NW 5th St. & NW 74th Ave., Plantation
  • Dates & Hours:
    • Saturday, October 28th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 29th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Personally, I think boats and art are always fun to look at. If you think along these lines, then one or both of these events might be for you.

Add comment October 24th, 2006

Publix is discontinuing the Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

I was in Publix the other day and saw a big red sign posted with the seasonal salt & pepper shakers. It said:

This is the final year for:

Publix Pilgrims, Lilgrims, and Snowfolks Season Greeters!

Available while supplies last

I spoke to the Publix grocery manager to verify this information. He said it’s true and that they may begin a new collection next year or so. I couldn’t believe it, they’re so cute. I immediately stopped grocery shopping and started picking out the last few pieces I wanted (from each collection).

If you or anyone you know collects these Publix Season Greeters, pass the message along.

Publix Pilgrims 2
For updated information on the Pilgrim shakers, click here.

11 comments October 23rd, 2006

What to do in S. Florida this weekend

Every Friday, I start thinking about what to do over the weekend, besides all the obvious chores and kids’ birthday parties. Here’s what I found for this weekend in South Florida.

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) – This world-renowned festival attracts thousands of movie lovers annually, from the U.S. and around the globe. And you might even see or meet a celebrity. The festival runs from October 16th – November 14th, 2006. Here are the event details for this weekend:

West Palm Beach Home & Garden Show – Over 450 exhibits featuring the latest trends in home improvement, decorating, and gardening. Here are the event details:

  • Venue: South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center
    9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach
  • Show Dates & Hours
    Friday,October 20th 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday,October 21st 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Sunday,October 22nd 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Pet Adoption Zone
  • Admission
    Adults: $8.00
    Children 6-12 years:$3.50
    Children 5 years and under:FREE
    Buy tickets online.

No matter what you decide to do this weekend, I hope you have fun.

Add comment October 20th, 2006

Do you want to know more about “Lost”?

I watched “Lost” last night (Wednesday, October 18th), along with every other fan. It’s a show that captures audiences across the spectrum. It peeks your curiousity and makes you want to talk to others (not “the others”) about what just happened and what will happen. But if you’re not tired of thinking/talking about the show, here are a few Lost websites to check out.

Official ABC site for Lost
As the official site, you can watch the show online or download it on iTunes. The site also features Lost Beginnings, Lost Connections, Lost Wiki, Lost Theories, and Lost Fan Club. – The Lost Encyclopedia
This site is saturated with anything and everything you want to know about the show. It’s awesome. And the fist time you check out the site, it may take you over an hour. Another cool feature is that the site can be viewed in 8 languages. – Lost Fansite
This site has character bios, a calendar of Lost shows & interviews, media clips, and a handful of other interesting Lost links.

And if these sites don’t satisfy your need to know more about the show, you yourself may be lost to “Lost”.

Add comment October 19th, 2006

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