Let Us Help You Find Nirvana (No, We Don’t Mean The Band)

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Love yoga but not sure if you can commit to a monthly membership anywhere?  If you didn’t already know, our community has various forms for you to choose from for a small donation or sometimes even nothing at all.  Most classes are for all levels and don’t require great amounts of strength or prior knowledge so long as you are able to mimic the positions modeled to you.  If you find something you enjoy below, look into making it a regular habit to allow improvements in your mind and body to be more evident.

The Riverwalk Trust sponsors yoga in Esplanade park (20 N New River Dr, FTL) from 6:30-7:30pm. Click the link for contact info.

Bombay Room (2737 E Oakland Pk Blvd Suite 103H, FTL) offers a slow-flow community class from 12-1:30pm.  “Focusing on proper alignment and positioning, with deeper attention being paid to the foundation of your yoga practice, your instructor will guide you through the basics of Vinyasa Flow.” *Donations accepted.

If you’re in need of a lighthearted break or are just looking for a unique experience, “laughing yoga” might be right up your alley.  Though it may take you a little while to adjust, you might find yourself surprisingly refreshed in the end.  No mat required, just bring your hehes and hahas and be able to stand through the class which meets in Hollywood Beach (1301 S Ocean Drive, Hollywood) at 7pm (also on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in TY Park).

If chanting and/or meditation is more your thing, help bring “peace and harmony” to the world through Yoga Warehouse (508 SW Flagler Ave, FTL) from 7:30-7:55am

Wind down and get yourself ready for the coming workweek with some sunset yoga on FTL beach (A1A and Sunrise). Have your mat or a towel ready on the sand at 6:30pm. *Donations accepted, plus $1.25 for parking.

More free meditation is brought to you by Yoga Warehouse, this time the guided kind and paired with a short reading.  From 7-8:30pm.

*Also be sure to follow Red Pearl Yoga (918 NE 20 Ave, FTL) and the Yoga Community of South Florida on Facebook for monthly schedules, class offerings, and events.  When and if you decide to commit, make sure to ask about discounts as many places offer various forms- bike there, bring a friend, be a public school teacher, first timer, etc.

May The Fourth Be With You This Independence Day Weekend

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, probably because we’ve been so wrapped up in the tons of events that have been going on, but here’s a quick roundup of events for this extended weekend.

First + Friday-  For our Hollywood-folk, and those that require a fix of DJs and art before Gallery Saturdays, Downtown Hollywood indie bar PRL will be hosting five DJs and two artists.  As if over 100 different beers weren’t enticing enough.  The event is from 9pm to close.  Check out the above linked Facebook event page for set times.

FTL Beach will be getting another dose of Mas Carne from 12pm-12am on the sand near the Yankee Clipper.  Tunes and good vibes are free, and a donation gets you some grilled grub and beer.  According to this New Times article, donations will also go to the family of former member Julio Buenano who tragically passed away last October.

Local garage rock band ATTN: Radio will playing this week’s Gallery Saturday.  Said to sound similar to The White Stripes and Death From Above 1979, it should make for yet another toe-tapping, hip-swaying night at Green Room.  South Florida Camera Club artists plus Keith LeBlanc, Daniel Korzeniewski, Nick Sears, Marcos Rivera, Monica Pedrique, and Misha Grosvenor’s work grace the walls and there will be live painting by Gina Bentivegna.  As always, no cover, doors at 9pm, $2 PBRs, and free champagne until 11 by RSVPing to miguel@jointherevolution.net.

Rocco’s Tacos really wants you to start celebrating a little early for the 4th at their Fiesta Fabulosa block party from 11:30am (ok?) to 2am.  They’ll have $5 margaritas, $3 Coronas, $15 pitchers, a DJ, cover band The Edge, a mariachi band, and, according to the flyer, free Patron “when Rocco is on the bar”.

For the Dub-heads out there, check out Feed Me featuring Skism, John B, Mister Gray, Somejerk and others, at Revolution.  Tickets are $20 at the door and the event is from 8-11pm.

By now you should all be tipsy enough to check out Green Room’s Babble On Karaoke Night without hesitation.  Chances are, most everyone is off Monday so this time you really have no excuse.  Doors at 7, 2-4-1s til 10, or all night if you flash some ITB proof.

Weather permitting, plan to spend the day forgetting this rain-filled week by baking at the beach save some energy to mosey around various events on the beach and last until the fireworks (9pm at FTL Beach).  Music, games, and contests will go on from 12:30pm until nighttime.  Additionally, The Heat’s Mario Chalmers wil be at the Ford Focus display from 4-6pm.

If you prefer something more family-oriented, or perhaps more quiet, have a Hometown 4th of July Celebration by heading over to Charnow Park in Downtown Hollywood for “games master and DJ Tony Tiru” from 1-6pm.  Once you’ve parked and meandered around, you can take a free 4th of July express shuttle from the parking garage at Van Buren and 20th Ave from 4-8pm to Hollywood Beach.  Check out the bandshell which is near and dear to FTLC’s heart and may soon be plagued by a Jimmy Buffet monstrosity. Musical entertainment starts at 6 with country band Rodeo Clowns, and is followed by a Santana Tribute band.  The free shuttle resumes after 9pm fireworks on the beach and stops running at 11pm.  Note that personal fireworks, sparklers, glass containers, coolers, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the beach.

Seminole Hard Rock Food Truck Roundup

Photos by Strawberry Jam

This past Thursday, 19 food trucks took to a Seminole Hard Rock Casino parking lot for families and foodies to enjoy.  The new event, which apparently will be weekly, ran from 5:30-10pm.  The list of attendees included Aaron’s Catering Express, CheeseMe, ChurroMania, Daddy’s Grill, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Dolci Peccati Gelato, The Fish Box, The Flying Saucer, gastroPod, Grill Master Cafe, Jefe’s Original Fish Taco, Latin Burger, Latin House grill, MexZican Gourmet, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms. Cheezious, The Red Koi, The Rolling Stove, and The Yellow Submarine.   Below you can view some of what we sampled, including fish tacos from Jefe’s and MexZican (we preferred Jefe’s), gastroPod pork tacos, Ms. Cheezious grilled cheese and sweet potato fries, and Dim Ssam a Gogo meat-topped tater tots.  We’ll be sure to post more pics in the future as we got too full before we could check everything off our list (Dim Ssam a Gogo ginger brussel sprouts, CheeseMe mac n cheese pancakes, Aaron’s Catering truffle mac n cheese bites, and sweets from Sugar Rush which was scheduled to attend but didn’t make it will have to wait til next time)

Strikers Versus Puerto Rico, Better Than Heat-Celtics

Strikers celebrate against Puerto Rico

photo from http://www.insidemnsoccer.com

By Fat Hand

We have written about the Fort Lauderdale Strikers previously, but to reiterate, if you enjoy sports you have got to check them out. Saturday they played the Puerto Rico Islanders and it was one of the more enjoyable sporting events I have attended recently. The Strikers secured their first home win of the season 3-2 with two late goals after the game had seemed to slip away from them. The Strikers had a 1-0 halftime lead and were playing with an extra man after a Puerto Rico player was ejected for stomping on one of our guys. But the Islanders took the lead with two quick goals around the 60th minute. After scoring the second goal, the Puerto Rico player taunted the main Strikers cheering section by running over to us with his hand cupping his ear, as if to say “I can’t hear you.” But we’re not going to take that: one local hero ran to the front of the stands and chucked his beer at the Puerto Rico player, nailing him in the chest. It was of those split second decisions that was undoubtedly disliked by some, but necessary to defend our honor. This is OUR Fort. The fan was ejected from the game by security that seemed reluctant to throw him out, but were just doing their job.

Meanwhile, the Strikers responded with two late goals setting off pandemoniom in the stands. The game ended a couple of minutes later and then the teams proceeded to brawl after the final whistle. Damn it was a fun Strikers game. I declare Puerto Rico our new rival. Fuck those guys.