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Hurricane Season: TS Erika 2015Tropical Storm Erika: Be Prepared
The Broward County Emergency Operations Center and the Sunrise Emergency Management team are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Erika. As Erika approaches the US – and as we enter the peak of storm season – it’s important that all residents stay informed and prepared. offers the following advice:

Assemble a kit of emergency supplies.
Be prepared to use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. View’s list of recommended supplies [PDF], and consider assembling two kits – one to keep at home, and a smaller, lightweight version you can take with you if necessary.

Make an emergency plan.
Think about what you will do in the event of an emergency, including how you will communicate with loved ones if you’re not together when disaster strikes. offers a printable Family Communication Plan [PDF] you can discuss and complete.

Additional resources include: As conditions change, the City of Sunrise will continue to share information and advisories. Be sure to Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook: Residents may also contact the Broward County Call Center by dialing 311 or (954) 831-4000 for information on hurricane preparedness. The Call Center is generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, if the Broward County Emergency Operations Center is activated, 311 becomes a 24/7 Hurricane Hotline.

Art Gallery - Aleman - Dark Chocolate JapanCelebrate the Arts in the City of Sunrise
Don’t miss these upcoming events at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Art Gallery (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard).

Opening Reception: “Dark Chocolate Japan”
Friday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m.
Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery
Artist and Sunrise resident Carlos Aleman invites you to experience his new exhibit featuring work inspired by cosplay, anime, manga, kimonos, kokeshi dolls, geisha, cherry blossoms, monsters, and decora girls. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at this free Opening Reception. "Dark Chocolate Japan" will be on display from August 27 through October 10.

World Music Concert featuring Jorge Alfano
Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunrise Civic Center Theatre
Take a journey around the globe with Jorge Alfano and his diverse troupe of musicians and dancers. From the tablas of India to the kena kena flute of Andes, and from the oud guitar of the Middle East to the drums of Japan, you will hear mesmerizing performances you won't soon forget. Featured artists include belly dancers, Argentine gauchos, and Bollywood dancers. Reserved seating: $16 adult, $14 student with ID, $10 child.

“Lyrical Lounge” Teen Open Mic Night
Friday, September 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery
This monthly open mic provides a forum for poets, musicians, singers, and other talented teens. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. Lyrical Lounge is presented in partnership with the Jason Taylor Foundation, the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, and the SPEAK! Collective, with funding from the Community Foundation of Broward. Pre-registration for performers is recommended: Call (954) 747-4600 for details.

Karkowska Duo: Classics Around the World
Saturday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Sunrise Civic Center Theatre
The award-winning Karkowska sisters display extraordinary virtuosity and humor. With Katarzyna on the piano and Anna on the violin you'll glide through Gershwin, Liszt, Schubert, Paganini, Chopin, Vieuxtemps and more. In between the pieces you'll be treated to funny stories and anecdotes that add to your enjoyment of the concert. It's no wonder the Karkowska Duo has earned rave reviews across the globe! Reserved seating: $15 adult, $13 student with ID, $10 child.

The Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and one hour before shows. Call (954) 747-4646 for ticket information, or purchase tickets online at (Look for “Theatre Shows” at the bottom left corner of the page.)

The Gallery is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Gallery admission is free. Call (954) 747-4641 for exhibit information.

Word Up! Poetry Slam 2015Word Up! Poetry Slam Audition Set for September 17
The City of Sunrise will host its seventh annual Word Up! Poetry Slam on Saturday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre. This unique spoken-word competition showcases high school students from across Broward County. But before teens make it to the main stage, they have to try out.

Word Up! auditions are set for Thursday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m., also in the Theatre. Registration packets are available now at Those who are selected to advance will participate in a series of writing and performance workshops in preparation for the competition. The top poet at Word Up! will receive a $250 cash prize provided by the Jason Taylor Foundation, along with a trophy and bragging rights.

General admission tickets for the Word Up! finals are $5 each, and can be purchased from the Sunrise Civic Center Box Office (954-747-4646). The Sunrise Civic Center Theatre is located at 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351.

Word Up! is presented in partnership with the Jason Taylor Foundation and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, with support from the Community Foundation of Broward. Call (954) 747-4662 or email for more information.



Get Involved! Apply to Serve on an Advisory Board

Are you a civic-minded resident who would like to become involved with your local government? Do you have knowledge and expertise in specific areas? Serve on a City board!

Sunrise advisory board members are talented and dedicated community members who provide the City with valuable input and advice. A complete list of boards, their duties, and applications are available online at or from the Office of the City Clerk (City Hall, 10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351).

Completed applications are due to the City Clerk no later than Friday, October 30, at 5:00 p.m. Board appointments will be made in December by the City Commission for terms to begin in January 2016. Call the City Clerk's office for more information: (954) 746-3333.
Last updated: 8/28/2015 4:32:58 PM