Climbing on trucks, in the Loop, on the beach, and in the know!

What do you have planned this week? We used to always find out about the coolest events a day or two after they happened. Not anymore... with FFFTL we've keep you in the Loop, on the beach, and in the know! This week?

  • Big trucks you can climb on at Holiday Park on Saturday
  • Free entrance at the art museum, ballet at the theater, or a drawing/painting workshop
  • And the 11th annual Brazilian Fest this weekend

Things You Won't Want To Miss This Week:

  1. Today is Sunny Days/Starry Nights at the NSU Art Museum, and that means free admission! Enjoy Museum admission and 2-for-1 All Day Happy Hour on the first Thursday of every month from 11 am to 7 pm during Free First Thursday of the month. (Free)
  2. Saturday morning it's the Big Toy and Big Truck Extravaganza at Holiday Park, from 10am to 2pm. Children, teens, and adults will have an opportunity to view, climb aboard, and operate fire-rescue trucks, police vehicles, SWAT and bomb squad vehicles, a front loader, bucket trucks, an excavator, a crane, dump trucks, a school bus, an electric cart, and more. (Free)
  3. If the kids are busy (both big and little) that morning, maybe you want to escape to the Bonnet House for an adult drawing and painting workshop. Four classes in the month of October. Learn colored pencil techniques that will help you create great-looking artwork without years of experience. (Paid)
  4. Saturday afternoon from 2pm-5pm, its Urban PopUp Shop on Las Olas. Grab your gal pals and head to Las Olas Blvd for a fun-filled afternoon of sipping, networking and shopping woman-owned! (Tickets)
  5. Sunday morning, it's the Pretty In Pink Breast Cancer Bikes & Brunch at Smitty's Wing in Sistrunk. Join us as we ride with a purpose. We are having a bike ride in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Let's honor the breast cancer fighters, survivors & the ones we lost as we pedal in PINK! Bikes will be available for rental. (Free)
  6. Saturday and Sunday it is ballet at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in the Amaturo Theater. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will officially open its 25th Anniversary season this coming October presenting a mixed bill of neo classical and classical repertoire, including Issaev’s Shostakovich Suites, and El Encuentro to Albinoni's Adagio. The program will also include Nebrada’s popular Pentimento with music by J. S. Bach and the classical Asaf Messerer’s Spring Waters. (Paid)
  7. Also over the weekend, is the 11th Annual Brazilian Fest. This is the Largest, Longest Living & Florida’s OWN Brazilian Festival for 11 Years. “A Love Letter to the Amazon Forest and the many Cultures of Brazil” (Paid)
  8. Sunday afternoon there are markets to explore, including the Sunny Side Up Market in MASS District and the New River Open Air Market, in Old Fort Lauderdale Village.
  9. On Oct 12th - it is a one-day only showing of Japanese anime at Savor Cinema for A Silent Voice. Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other again... until an older, wiser Shouya, tormented by his past behavior, decides he must see Shouko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late...? (Paid)

Featured Fort Lauderdale

Have You Heard About The Locally Produced The Poison Garden Film and Discussion?

On October 14th, the motion picture "TILL" opens nationwide. The film is the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched in Mississippi.

On October 11th, Savor Cinema will be screening the local film "THE POISON GARDEN". The film presented by Crime History Inc, is in three acts and discusses Broward County's history of racism. The final act is about the lynching of Rueben Stacy in Davie in 1935. Per capita, Florida lynched more people then any state in the US.

Following the film will be a discussion about the topic with panelists including:

  • Gordon Weekes, Broward County Public Defender
  • James Carras, Harvard University lecturer in discrimination in housing
  • Pastor George Rich, Director of Christian Alliance for Racial Equality
  • Francis Francois, Vice President of the Miami NAACP

💎 NEW SECTION: Kindness Callouts

This new section was inspired by our learners at Acton. Each day they participate in "Character Callouts" as a way to highlight their peers who are kind, courageous, or just plain awesome!

So they thought we could add a section to the newsletter asking what YOU the readers want to share. Who is being awesome around you? Hit reply and let us know so we can spotlight our local champions.

So... You Think You Know Fort Lauderdale?

Did you know that... when folks talk about sub-tropical South Florida, that "feels" like perpetual summer.

Fort Lauderdale has nearly 250 days of sunshine per year and a yearly average of 74.45°F. Not a bad place to be, if you ask us.



  • 28 positive Google Reviews. When you own an RV you want someone you can trust with your investment. Try Reliable RV Services in Davie and see why owners count on Christina.
  • Quick shoutout for Renee Lawrence of A Caruana Real Estate in Davie. I had to get papers notarized this week at the last minute, and I met Renee. Thanks for the help and learning about the over 35 years of serving property needs in South Florida!
  • Thinking about welcoming a new wee little one into the family? Then you will want to know about Coastal Midwifery for home and water births.
  • Driving through Dania Beach? Make sure you stop at Vegan Junkie. Vegan Junkie is on a mission to set a new tradition for fast food! We are a Quick Service Gourmet, Artisanal Burger Food Truck, creating the most unique Handcrafted Plant Based burgers with the freshest, highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients that are 100% soy free.
  • On the other side of Fort Lauderdale, stop by New York Style Grilled Cheese in Wilton Manners. Home of The Waffled Grilled Cheese®, this extraordinary restaurant concept dishes out a dramatic makeover, inside and out, taking the classic grilled cheese out of the frying pan and into the waffle press!

What makes Acton different? The real learning happens when the adults get out of the way and go quiet in the Studio. This video explains why learners taking ownership that makes all the difference. The result is creations like below (the Acton entry into the international Lib Dub contest - filmed and created 100% by the learners).



Flotsam & Jetsam

Watch the web these days, and you will heard an increasing amount of references to AI or artificial intelligence. But what does that actually mean... from a practical point of view?

Well - take a look at this example. The video is long (18 min) but hilariously creative, as a team of creatives explore how AI can be given text commands to create original art. With inspiration in hand and on the screen, they tell an original story with their co-workers as the stars of the show.

Couple of other things worth noting:

  • The tech is free, open source, and available now on GitHub
  • What a brilliant team activity (the reactions were priceless)
  • This is also a great example of the compounding effect of giving AI a text command, seeing the results, and then honing to get the desired result
  • I can see someone getting really good at this process, and offering it as a service or as a first step brainstorming for any creative project


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And most importantly, what FTL businesses and experiences should we be highlighting?