Welcome to June and the start of summer!
The weather is really heating up, so staying cool these next few months is a must. Staying hydrated is one major step to navigating the heat and avoiding headaches, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Bringing a water bottle with you on errands and daily outings will help ensure you have water at hand. Consider purchasing a reusable insulated water bottle to keep your water cold and crisp for those scorching days and help the environment at the same time!
Staying out in the sun too long can also cause heat stroke, which is when the body temperature gets too high and can lead to vomiting, loss of consciousness, and nausea. Heat exhaustion occurs when you’re out in the sun and dehydrate, resulting in muscle cramps, tiredness, headaches, and more. To avoid these complications:
- Remember to stay out of the sun for long periods, especially during the late morning and early afternoon which are the hottest times of the day.
- Spend more time in the shade and cool air-conditioned places when it’s very hot outside.
- If you want to get together with friends, consider visiting a restaurant, mall, or movie theater where you’ll be cool and comfortable.
As our outdoor Zumba and Jazzercise Move with the Mayor classes were rained out, we’re scheduling the summer series indoors. Stay tuned for the information.
In honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the City of Tamarac will celebrate its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 4th, at Water’s Edge Park, 7508 NW 61st Street. Come out between noon and 2:00 p.m. for some delicious food, fun, games, and amazing music, including a live steel drum performance! For information, call (954) 597-3620 or visit Tamarac.org/Specialevents. Check out a slideshow of all the Caribbean countries and their flags at the end of this email. Thanks to Kings Point Caribbean American Club for the link!
On behalf of the City, I’m honored to serve as a panelist at the 5th Annual Invest: Greater Fort Lauderdale Launch Conference. We’ll be discussing how to create a stronger, equitable future and upcoming development plans and real estate matters in Broward County. The conference is on June 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Riverside Hotel, 620 E Las Olas Boulevard. The event is open to everyone, and breakfast is included with your ticket. Register at https://bit.ly/3PDKNmo.
The Juneteenth Freedom Festival is on Saturday, June 18th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Tamarac Sports Complex, 9901 NW 77th Street. There’ll be a fantastic mix of artists and performers, including Ashanti Cultural Arts and music by the Valerie Tyson Band, as well as vendors, food trucks, and a kid’s area for the young ones to enjoy.
Caribbean-American Heritage Month celebration continues in Tamarac with a Splash Bash on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Caporella Aquatic Complex, 9300 NW 58th Street. We’ve got fun activities planned for the whole family to enjoy including music, games, and more! Admission is $5 per person. For more information call (954) 597-3660.
The Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (TNLCC) will hold a Bowling 4 Business Tournament on Wednesday, June 29th, at Sawgrass Lanes, 8501 N. University Drive. The TNLCC is a great organization that supports our local businesses through networking, community-building, and education. Registration for sponsors and teams is available. Teams of 6 and individuals are welcome. Register at https://bit.ly/3LQ5tEJ.
- Food distributions continue every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., or while supplies last, at the Korean United Methodist Church (6501 West Commercial Boulevard).
- June 1st marks the beginning of Hurricane season. The preseason forecast predicts an unusually active period with 19 storms, nine hurricanes, and four major hurricanes. Our best defense is to be prepared. I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating the following,
- Have an evacuation plan and an emergency to-go bag (include your medication!)
- Gather supplies, including all medications
- Prepare an emergency plan
- If you have a disability, take extra precautions
- Include pets in your emergency plans
- Sign up for emergency alerts (Subscribe to Tamarac’s Code Red Emergency Alert System at https://tamarac.org/AlertCenter).
- This time of year also marks the beginning of Kitten Season which is when many litters of kittens are born from now until October. If you come across a litter, it’s advised that you leave them alone and observe them for 24 hours to ensure the mother doesn’t return. If the mother doesn’t return, you can pick them up and care for them. To help residents, Broward County Animal Care and Broward County Library have teamed up for their Kitten Care program, designed to help people care for abandoned kittens with live bottle-feeding demonstrations. Workshops are available for free at the following dates and locations:
- Tuesday, June 7, 4-5 p.m.- Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling Rd., Hollywood
- Saturday, June 25, 2-3 p.m.- Downtown Main Library, 100 South Andrews Ave., 1st Floor, Fort Lauderdale
- Thursday, June 30, 2-3 p.m.- Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library, 1 Park Ave. East, Dania Beach
On June 12th please take a moment to recognize the women who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces for Women Veterans Day! Although we won’t have a special event this year, we acknowledge the strength and bravery of our Women Veterans always.
Happy LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Flag Day, Father’s Day, and Juneteenth!
P.S. I’ve attached a wonderful picture from last month’s Mayor’s Play Ball event!
Michelle J. Gomez
The Tamarac city commission is Mayor Michelle Gomez, Vice Mayor Mike Gelin, and commissioners Marlon Bolton, Debra Placko, and Elvin Villalobos.
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