Mayor Ryan to Lead “Let’s Go Biking” Ride
In celebration of March is Bicycle Month, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the City of Sunrise, and several local organizations are hosting Let’s Go Biking - a fun morning of activities that will culminate with a leisurely group bike ride along the New River Greenway. The event will take place on Saturday, March 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Markham Park (16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise).
FDOT is participating in this event as part of the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign. FDOT is dedicated to driving down injuries and fatalities on Florida’s roadways and protecting vulnerable road users, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Activities scheduled for the morning include:
- Bike recycling program - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Bicycle helmet fitting - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Healthy food demonstration - 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Group bike ride led by Sunrise Mayor Michael J. Ryan – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ride along the New River Greenway beginning at the park’s South Boat Ramp Parking Lot
- Food trucks - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
There is no charge to participate in Let’s Go Biking. However, the park’s regular weekend gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 years and younger are free) will be in effect.
Additional event sponsors include Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY), Broward County, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, South Florida Commuter Services and KIND Healthy Snacks.
For more information about Let’s Go Biking, call 1-800-234-RIDE (7433) or visit www.browardMPO.org
Earth Hour Observance on March 29
Earth Hour is a spectacular and symbolic global event that focuses the world’s attention on environmental issues. On March 29 at 8:30 p.m., millions of individuals, iconic landmarks, and businesses around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about our planet. This year, the City of Sunrise will show its support by hosting a unique “lights out” event at the Sunrise Athletic Complex (SAC) on Saturday, March 29, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
SAC’s location (11501 NW 44th Street, Sunrise 33351) near the western edge of Sunrise makes it a great spot for stargazing – especially once the lights are out. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes, or enjoy the view from telescopes provided by the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association. Amateur Astronomers members will be on hand to assist and Dr. Stefan Kautsh, professor of astronomy at Nova Southeastern University, will point out constellations and answer questions. (Before you come, consider downloading one of the many free “night sky” smart phone apps.)
Earth Hour in Sunrise will also feature games of flashlight tag and glow-in-the-dark Frisbee, a performance by Sunrise Barbershop Harmony, and a candlelight storytelling session with Caren Neile of the South Florida Storytelling Project.
The first 50 attendees will receive a reusable shopping tote with solar flashlights. All Earth Hour participants will receive a map of the night sky, along with eco-friendly tips on recycling and reuse. For more information call (954) 747-4600.
Public Meetings: Sunset Strip Bike Lanes and Complete Streets Pilot Project
The City of Sunrise, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is proposing to construct bicycle lanes on Sunset Strip from Sunrise Boulevard to Nob Hill Road. Additionally this project will include a section to be a Complete Streets Pilot Project in the Village area of Sunset Strip from NW 19th Street to NW 72nd Avenue – one of only two proposed Complete Streets Pilot Projects in Broward County.
Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. The Complete Streets Pilot Project will include the construction of wider sidewalks, two roundabouts (one at NW 19th Street and one at NW 64th Avenue), and bike lanes with striped buffers. To accommodate the additional bike lanes and buffer strips, Sunset Strip will be modified to provide a single vehicular traffic lane in each direction with expanded capacity at signalized intersections.
To learn more about the project and how it will affect Sunset Strip, the public is invited to any of the four following presentations hosted by the City of Sunrise:
- Wednesday, April 2, 2014: 7:00 p.m. at Nob Hill Soccer Club, 10200 Sunset Strip
- Thursday, April 17, 2014: 7:00 p.m. at Village Civic Center, 6800 Sunset Strip
- Saturday, April 26, 2014: 10:00 a.m. to noon at Nob Hill Soccer Club, 10200 Sunset Strip
- Saturday, April 26, 2014: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Village Civic Center, 6800 Sunset Strip
A map of the project area is available at www.sunrisefl.gov/sunsetstrip
Earth Day Festival at Sawgrass Sanctuary
Celebrate green living at our free, family-friendly Earth Day Festival
on Saturday, April 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sawgrass Sanctuary Park (237 North New River Circle, Sunrise 33326) is the home of this day of outdoor fun sponsored by the City of Sunrise Utilities Department, All Service Refuse, Baptist Health Urgent Care-Sawgrass,
and Magic 102.7
Admission is FREE, and the first 1,000 people through the gates will receive a reusable shopping tote and a BPA-free water bottle. The bottles can be refilled throughout the day at the City's complimentary water station.
The City's annual Earth Day celebration features live entertainment; a Kids' Korner with children's activities, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts and more; handcrafted goods; fantastic food and beverage vendors; unique retailers; and non-profit exhibitors.
Don't miss our lineup of live music:
• Justin Enco Band
(11:30 a.m.) - Original indie coffeehouse sounds, mixed with creative acoustic covers.
• Big City Blues Band
(1:30 p.m.) - Favorites by B.B. King, Otis Redding, Al Green, James Brown and others, along with original blues.
(2:45 p.m.) - High-energy grooves from one of Miami's most popular Afro-Caribbean roots rock bands.
No coolers, bottles, pets or bicycles will be allowed in the park during the Festival. For general information please call (954) 747-4600
“Tunes ‘N Trucks” Concerts Continue
The City’s free outdoor concert series continues on Friday, April 11
, at the Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351). Food trucks and local restaurants serve up dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m., and Jimmy Buffett tribute band The Caribbean Chillers
takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join in the fun!
Tunes ‘N Trucks will conclude on Friday, May 9, with a tribute to the sights and sounds of the ‘60s by Orange Sunshine
. Magic 102.7 on-air personality Mindy Lang will be on hand to emcee the concert – and our Hippie Costume Contest. Dust off your tie-dye and dig out your go-go boots for a chance to win valuable prizes!
Call (954) 747-4600 for more information.