New Art Gallery Exhibit Opens on December 6
The Sunrise Civic Center Gallery will host a free opening reception for its latest exhibit, “It’s Hip to Be Square,” featuring the work of Brett Climan. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments on Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Climan’s art is a study of the deconstruction of the image through portraiture and iconic scenes. The exhibit features black and white paintings, photographs and mixed-media pieces.
“It’s Hip to Be Square” will be on display from December 5 through January 18. The Gallery is located at 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351. Admission is free. Call (954) 747-4641 for more information.
Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival this Weekend!
One of the City’s most beloved holiday events – the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival – will take place on December 7 and 8 at Welleby Park (10440 NW 44th Street, Sunrise 33351). Additional parking and free shuttle transportation will be available at the lot adjacent to All Saints Catholic Church (10900 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351).
Woodstock’s Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 or six cans of food per person. Children under 12 get in free.
This annual event, now in its 33rd year, is a celebration of artisans and handcrafted goods. Woodstock also features plant and nursery areas, international foods and special appearances by Santa. Visit www.woodstockartsfest.com for details.
Free Screening of “Brooklyn Castle” on December 11
The City will host a free screening of “Brooklyn Castle” on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, 33351). This award-winning documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges students face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. View the trailer at www.brooklyncastle.com.
Free popcorn will be served, and there will be free prize raffles.
Angel Ceremony in Memory of Sandy Hook Victims
Sunrise is proud to have two special guests at its “Brooklyn Castle” screening. The film’s executive producer, Robert McLellan, will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening. Kathi Cirar of the America’s Foundation for Chess “First Move” program will also be in attendance. Students, school groups, parents, School Board members, community and business leaders and elected officials from across Broward County are also invited to attend the screening.
Scholastic chess continues to be at the forefront of education initiatives in the City of Sunrise. For the first time in Broward County history, second and third graders are receiving formal chess instruction as part of the school curriculum. The pilot program involves 40 classrooms at Village Elementary, Banyan Elementary and Discovery Elementary – all in Sunrise – and is a collaboration of the School Board of Broward County, the America’s Foundation for Chess “First Move” program and the City of Sunrise Police Department.
In addition to First Move, the City of Sunrise and community members have collaborated to promote the academic benefits of chess through other programs: encouraging the development of after-school chess clubs in all schools; providing privately donated chess sets to each Sunrise public school; establishing an “adopt a chess club” program; conducting free City of Sunrise “Champions of Chess” tournaments for students; hosting family fun chess nights at local restaurants; providing free Saturday morning open chess and instruction at the Sunrise Civic Center for all ages; and creating a 2014 “I Love Chess” calendar featuring the artwork of Sunrise students.
For more information about the City’s free “Brooklyn Castle” screening – or to learn more about scholastic chess in Sunrise – please contact the Leisure Services Department at (954) 747-4600.
Sunrise will host a Candlelight Vigil in observance of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This special remembrance will take place on Friday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351).
Community members are invited to share a moment of silence in memory of the children and educators whose lives were cut short in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. The names of the victims will be read, and large angels will be illuminated in their honor. The 26 lighted angels will later be placed in an arc along the lake in front of Sunrise City Hall.
For more information, please call (954) 747-4600.