Scott and I took the day off on Valentine’s Day. Flamingo Gardens had been on our list, so off we went on our day-trip to explore.
Flamingo Gardens is a wildlife sanctuary with an aviary, zoo and a gorgeous botanical garden located in Davie, Florida. If you choose, there is a narrated tram ride through the tropical rain forest, native hammock, wetland area, and groves including some of the last natural jungle growth in South Florida. It lasts about 25 minutes. We opted to do the walking tour.
We wandered the sanctuary filled with over 3000 species of rare and exotic, tropical and subtropical and native plants. The botanical gardens were peaceful, and the trees were covered in blooming orchids. The tall trees provided enough shade, so the walk was well protected from the sun. They also have a gift shop filled with fun and tropical treasures for your home and garden and a food truck with beverages and snacks.
There was an educational demonstration on owls, while we were there. When asked to take flight, the owl’s wingspread was huge, and the strength of its wings were amazing. This took everyone by surprise and somehow, I believe the owl was happy to impress us.
The wildlife sanctuary was filled with collection of Florida native wildlife - including alligators, bears, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos! I was obsessed with the flamingos! For a quarter you can purchase food and hand feed the flamingos. It was a perfect way to get an upfront and personal experience with the flamingos. They came in different colors and were so fun to watch.
The Flamingo Gardens is a non-profit organization. They keep the sanctuary running with both admittance fees and generous donors. This weekend they have a fun charity event, open to the public. It’s their annual FOOD & Wine Benefit – The Masquerade. It looks like a ton of fun.
Sunday March 1, 2020
VIP Reception: 5pm to 6pm
Main Event: 6pm to 8pm
♦ Food, Wine and Craft Beer Tastings
♦ Dancing Under the Stars
♦ Live and Silent Auctions and Duck Pond
Smart Casual Attire with your favorite mask to add a mystical flair!
Event proceeds help support our mission to preserve, depict and educate about
South Florida and Everglades natural and cultural heritage.
Add the Flamingo Gardens to your list of fun things to do in South Florida. You’ll be glad you did.
Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc., is a full-service domestic violence center.
Their mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.
Many of these women are forced to leave their home in the middle of the night, taking little to nothing with them. Victims of domestic violence, they call the 24-hour crisis hotline where they find emergency shelters to be placed in. Nearly 60 percent of the survivors served in the emergency shelter are children ranging from newborn to teens.
For women that feel like they are unable to leave the abusive home due to their family pet, there is a solution for that. Thanks to the Humane Society of Broward County, the Women in Distress Pet Shelter is located on campus. The pets are offered safe housing and receive animal care such as free spaying, neutering and vaccinations.
Throughout the process, the women are given a safe environment and supportive services such as therapy, career counseling, legal assistance and are taught life skills that they may not have learned. Ultimately, they are coached on how to create and build an independent, violence-free life for themselves and their children.
Ultimate Software has provided a training center on the campus. They provide programs to educate the women on computer literacy, create a household budget, prepare a resume and apply for jobs online. Ultimately, they help prepare the participants to return to school and the work force to become independent.
Last year, 23 women, children and men lost their lives to domestic violence in Broward County.
Let's help provide Welcome Home Baskets with everyday essentials to help them move forward as they build a new life for themselves and their families.
Ideas to add to your basket: pantry items, linens, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, items for babies, children and teens.
Bring your Welcome Home Basket to our Beachy Girls’ Night Out event on March 3, at Oceanic Pompano. We will be upstairs on the 2nd floor terrace, overlooking the beach and our new Pompano Beach Pier. Women in Distress will be on location to accept your donations, plus find out other ways you or your company can help make a difference.
Tuesday night was a huge success. We had our monthly Girls’ Night Out + Patio Social event at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. Nikki provided buy-one, get-one free beverages to get the party started and our amazing bartenders kept the drinks flowing. The evening weather was perfect for our outdoor patio social. The ‘baby blue’ theme was also a big hit and photographed so well.
Our Charity Spotlight was Atlantic Technical College Transition into Employment Interview Boutique. The ATC Transition into Employment program helps students that need extra support, achieve their goals of becoming independent by obtaining paid employment. Students are assisted through work-based learning experiences to help them find and maintain entry level jobs.
We invited everyone to donate slightly used professional and business casual clothes and accessories for both women and men. Debbie Evangelista and her colleagues from Atlantic Technical College were there to accept the donations for the non-profit organization. In addition, Atlantic Technical College students represented their organization, Beads and Seeds, by displaying their goods. The students sold handmade jewelry and plants that they made and grew. Together with the wonderful and generous women in our community, we were able to raise enough clothes and accessories for these students to fill their Interview Boutique!
Special thanks to Debbie's husband, Bruce, for hauling load after load of clothes and accessories and transporting them to the Interview Boutique.
Another big element to our Girls’ Night Out event was having local women artisans and businesses exhibit their work. Be sure to keep these local businesses in mind when purchasing gifts. Shopping local and supporting other women helps make the world go around.
Our February featured businesses:
Artia Designs by Rosie Rios
Atelier Newday by Yelis Dunder Yenigun
Color Street by Maureen Collins
Athena’s Reptikis by Gabriela Nalven
Mary Kay by Suzanne Tonietto
It’s So Jan by Jan Esposito
Beads N Seeds by ATC Access Class Business
Pomifera Oil by Becca Sherer
Photography by Teri Kovacs Photography, LLC
Pure Romance by Angeline Fiest was our Bag Sponsor for the evening and provided 50 bags and some amazing product swag for the event.
You won't want to miss our next event:
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Pompano Housewives in the City Girls’ Night Out –
Join us at Oceanic Pompano for cocktails, bites, networking, new friends and shopping from local artisans and women business owners. We will be on the second floor with amazing views of the beach and our beautiful new pier.
This month's theme: Tropical Beach
Wear tropical outfits for a festive photographable night.
It’s FREE to attend, but you must RSVP.
~~ You do not have to be a Housewife! All women from all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to attend! ~~
Charity Spotlight: Women in Distress
A full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Fl. Their mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.
Many of these women are forced to leave their home in the middle of the night, taking little to nothing with them. Let's help provide baskets with everyday essentials to help them move forward as they build a new life for themselves and their families. Ideas to add to your basket: pantry items, linens, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, items for babies, children and teens.
What to expect:
~ The first 50 ladies to sign in get a Swag Bag full of goodies!
~ Giveaways from local businesses
~ Networking, socializing and cocktails
~ Featured Photographer is TBD
~ Support local businesses
SEEKING VENDORS AND SWAG BAG ADVERTISERS: If you are a local business, crafty vendor, non-profit organziation or a photographer and are interested in getting involved with this event, please email Angel at email@example.com
Have you heard about the wonderful program at Atlantic Technical College for students that need extra support? The ATC Transition into Employment Program helps students achieve their goals of becoming independent by obtaining paid employment. Students are assisted through work-based learning experiences to help them find and maintain entry level jobs. Areas of studies include:
-Personal and career goals plans
-Evaluation of knowledge and skill sets
-Applying for jobs, using appropriate communications and follow-up, contacting employers, creating a resume, completing job applications and preparing for in-person and Skype interviews
-Decision and problem solving skills
-Using public transportation
-Positive and effective communication skills
When my friend, Debbie Evangelista, called to tell me about this non-profit that is near and dear to her heart, and their need, we booked an event to do just that.
We invite you to join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen from 5:30 – 8:30 P.M. We have an evening planned with buy-one get-one free glasses of wine, networking, making new friends and will have a sip and shop event with women owned artisans and business owners selling their goods. As a bonus, we will also have the ATC students with their organization, Beads and Seeds, selling goods they made themselves. It's free to attend, but you must RSVP. There will also be free parking in the parking garage.
We also invite you to participate in our charity drive, that evening. Please bring new or gently used business casual and professional clothing, plus accessories, for both women and men to our event at Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. Together we are going to help fill the Atlantic Technical College’s Transition into Employment Interview Boutique and make a huge difference.
Imagine the feeling of students having nice outfits to wear to their interviews. Not only will this boost their self-esteem but help gain the paid employment they desire.
Another fun aspect of the Interview Boutique is the students learn to sort, hang, steam press and organize the clothing donated. These efforts give them hands on experience for retail work possibilities.
If you can’t make the event, there are other ways to help. Twice a year the ATC Transition into Employment Program hosts a morning for students to do mock interviews. Business owners, retired teachers and others participate in this event to help students communicate effectively and sell themselves at an interview. Each interview is about 5 minutes to ensure each student gets an opportunity to be interviewed and receive feedback.
Yesterday was my second time to volunteer for this opportunity. Having a stranger to practice interview questions with, helps the students immensely. Their self esteem is higher, their voices become stronger and their heads are held higher.
The students truly appreciate the efforts of the volunteers. After yesterday’s session the students had a chance to voice their feedback on the mock interview sessions. Almost all the students bravely raised their hands and gave feedback to the interviewers. An interviewee pointed to me in appreciation for sharing that my favorite food was sushi. This was after a conversation where she shared with me that working in the culinary field was her dream. A little move can make a big difference.
Adding actual work experience, versus volunteer experience, to the students’ resumes is another way you can help make a difference. Maybe you, or your company, have a paid job that the students could use to gain this valuable work experience, while you get a job completed (folding invoices, stuffing envelopes, working in a restaurant kitchen or boutique, etc.)?
If you have any interest to volunteer for the mock interviews, have a paid position to post for the students or would like more information about the amazing efforts of this organization, please reach out to Debbie Evangelista and she will put you in contact with the right person.
We hope to see your smiling faces at the event tomorrow. Remember, you don't have to be a housewife to attend but we do need your RSVP.
Hi there! I am Angel and live a happy life in Pompano Beach with my wonderful husband, Scott, and our two dogs, Brady and Buddy.
I love to travel, the color blue, Netflix binges, Tito’s and gluten-free chocolate raspberry cake. I also have a serious obsession with pictures!
In addition to Housewives in the City, I am a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty.
Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits and helping businesses grow are my passions. And that is what we get to do at our monthly girls’ nights out!
I can’t wait to meet you. All women are welcome, and we are going to have a ton of fun!