A week before the real Kris Kringle slides down chimneys, hundreds of Santas will sprint around Fort Lauderdale during the Jingle Bell Jog. This annual event celebrates the holidays with a 5K jaunt that loops through Tropical Park and finishing on the property's running track.
Every participant in the Fort Lauderdale Jingle Bell Jog receives a full Santa suit to wear during the race, as well as jingle bells to tie onto their running shoes. Kids aged 10 and under can join the fun, too, during an Elf Dash that takes place on the same morning.
Hand in Hand for Haiti was founded in response to the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti, claiming more than 230,000 lives. After determining that the best way to help people rebuild their lives is through education, the project focused on building a school in Saint-Marc. The school, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, will house and run classes for more than 700 students from pre-school through secondary school. Students at the school also receive two nutritious meals every day and learn at the highest academic levels, with bilingual English-French classes taught by foreign and local teachers.
Although he earned his fortunes as a businessman, Charles Deering's true passion was for art and culture. He filled his home with sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other works—some of which he created himself. After he passed away in 1927, The Deering Estate has kept his spirit alive; his former home and its surrounding natural landscapes now operate as a cultural meeting place for the community—one that hosts art festivals, lectures and films, and indoor and outdoor concerts throughout the year.
Size: a 450+ acre environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places
The Buildings: the Richmond Cottage (originally built in 1896) and the Stone House (built in 1922)
Eye Catcher: a 20th-century, Spanish Gothic Revival chandelier that has hung in the Stone House's library since its construction
Permanent Mainstay: the photographs, pencil sketches, and portraits (some by Mr. Deering himself) that hang inside the Stone House
Don't Miss: a tour of the fossil grounds, where specimens have been found that date as far back as 50,000 years
Hidden Gem: Charles Deering's prohibition wine cellar, hidden behind a three-ton bank vault door that remained sealed for 40 years
Outdoor Activities: bird walks, guided nature hikes, and canoe trips to Chicken Key, a 7-acre mangrove island
To combat the scourge of sickle cell disease, the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America goes beyond simple lip service. They frequently educate the public about the disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder that causes a debilitating form of anemia. They also pair their education with cold, hard cash, raising funds through events such as 5Ks and conferences. These resources help provide social services for afflicted Sickle Cell patients and families.
For more information, please visit Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Miami-Dade County Chapter's website.
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