Thursday, February 14, 2019 marks one year since our community was devastated by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Broward County School Board, City of Coral Springs, and City of Parkland will observe this as a Day of Service and Love.
Please check with your child’s school for information regarding school activities on February 14. Over the next few weeks, we invite you to monitor the City’s website for additional details about opportunities to observe this day.
MSD will have a non-academic school day ending at 11:40 a.m. All other Broward County Public Schools will operate on a normal school day schedule.
Contact your child's school for additional information regarding activities.
Pine Trails Park
Location: 10559 Trails End, Parkland, FL 33076
Times: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Broward County School Board will be sponsoring a Day of Service and Love at Pine Trails Park. The day will include a service project partnering with Feed My Starving Children. To sign up to volunteer, visit https://give.fmsc.org/parkland.
City of Coral Springs Events
The Temple - By Artist David Best
Location: 9551 West Sample Road, Coral Springs
Times: 7 a.m. - Dusk
The artist worked with victims, grieving families, community members and first responders to create a 35-foot-tall Temple, with no religious affiliation. The Temple is meant to serve as an object of great beauty built out of tremendous loss. The Temple is not meant to be a memorial or permanent structure, but rather a place for the community to leave their pain. In past work with grieving parents, students and first-responders, the artist has found that the process and resulting Temple helps people rebuild hope and release grief.
The Temple will be open to the public staring on February 14, 2019 from 7 a.m. to dusk every day until mid-May, when it will be burned in a ceremonial fire. The burning will be a closing ritual, a cathartic experience that allows people to let go of difficult emotions and make room for remaining positive emotions and loving memories to be made stronger.
The art installation is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies: “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The "Power of Art Opens a New Window. ” which is a curated series of five large-scale temporary public art installations, designed to be created with community members.
Coral Springs Museum of Art
Location: 2855A Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In February 2018 the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMoA) began the Healing with Art program, which has proven to be a source of respite and relaxation for those who have been so deeply affected.
The CSMoA will be open on February 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide a cool, safe space for students to hang out. Activities planned include:
Relaxing Art Making Projects:
Mini Petting Zoo
K-9 Love and Hugs
Current Vibe Music
Coral Springs Rocks – mementos to take
Community Canvas – painting project
Cozy Lounges with Chill Décor – bean bags, pillows, etc.
Coral Springs Open Play
Location: Coral Springs Gymnasium (2501 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs)
Times: 12 - 5 p.m.
Admission: Free ($2 per person for students who do not attend MSD)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students interested in using the Coral Springs Gymnasium for Open Play may do so from 12-5 p.m. with student identification. All other participants may participate in Open Play for a fee of $2 per person.
Sawgrass Nature Center "Green Team"
Location: Sawgrass Nature Center (Sportsplex, 3000 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs)
Must register in advance
Spend time helping the animals at Sawgrass Nature Center! The SNC has 15 spots available to work in the afternoon with their "green Team" - which will involve gardening, pulling weeds, raking leaves, and other tasks to help keep the outdoor landscapes and animal areas looking their best. You must register in advance, dress in appropriate clothing with closed-toed shoes/sneakers, sunscreen and a hat. Contact Heather Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator, 954-752-WLD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spend time helping the animals at Sawgrass Nature Center! The SNC has 15 spots available to work in the afternoon with their "Green Team" – which will involve gardening, pulling weeds, raking leaves, laying mulch, and other tasks to keep the outdoor landscapes and animal areas looking their best. You must register in advance, dress in appropriate clothing with closed-toed shoes/sneakers, sunscreen and a hat. Contact the SNC for more details contact
City of Parkland
Pine Trails Park
Location: 10559 Trails End, Parkland, FL 33076
Times: 12 - 10 p.m.
At 2:21pm on February 14th, the City of Parkland will honor a moment of silence at all City facilities and throughout Parkland.
The City will also host a brief Interfaith ceremony for the community at 5:45 p.m. This ceremony is intended to last approximately 30 minutes. The park will be open both before and after the ceremony. Therapy dogs and counselors will be onsite throughout the day.
In lieu of mementos (cards, flowers, pictures, etc.) or other such expressions of condolences we ask that you bring a canned food item to support our efforts in this day of service.
To volunteer as part of the Feed My Starving Children project Opens a New Window. sign up at https://give.fmsc.org/parkland.
Alyssa Alhadeff Beach Clean Up - Deerfield Beach Pier at 2:00 p.m. If interested please meet under the main pier. For more information contact Tammy Orilio at email@example.com.
Congregation Kol Tikvah, located at 6750 N. University Drive, will open their doors for visitors from 12 - 5 p.m. For information contact (954) 346-7878.
Evolution Yoga studio is opening its doors for MSD students, faculty and staff. Join them for a day of healing through yoga and fitness. For more information contact (954) 421-0589.
For volunteer opportunities at Jacob's Shoes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact (954) 905-2505.
The Salt Box invite all MSD faculty, students and their families to enjoy a complimentary salt therapy session. To schedule your appointment contact (954) 906-5985.
Wattland II is opening their doors for MSD students. Spend a day, an hour, or five minutes with one of their horses who will offer their love and acceptance. The barn, located at 8000 NW 84 Avenue, will be open all day for those who would like to visit. There is no cost to cuddle with mini donkeys or the foal. For more information contact Dawn Watt at (954) 520-5561.
Yoga4Life is hosting a Yin Yoga class for MSD faculty and students from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Proof of employment and/or student ID is required. For more information contact (754) 307-9489.
The City of Coconut Creek Opens a New Window. will plant a Tree of Life on with a short ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m on the grounds of the Government Center (4800 West Copans Road). A moment of silence will take place at 10:17 a.m.
The City of Cooper City will observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m. Additionally, a short commemoration event will be held at Memorial Park. The City Commission will place a wreath at the MSD Memorial Brick Walk and observe a period of silence from 2:21 - 2:27 p..m.
The City of Dania Beach will observe a moment of silence at noon and lowering the flags to half-staff. They are also inviting residents to wear white and share selfies on social media using the hashtags #daniabeach #parkland #solidarity. You can e-mail photos to email@example.com.
The Town of Davie will host a brief ceremony in front of Town Hall and observe a District-wide moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.
The City of Deerfield Beach will be co-sponsoring a Day of Service Beach Clean-Up from 10:00 a.m to Noon with beach yoga at 9:00 a.m.
The Deerfiled Beach Center for Active Aging will be opening the center to MSD students who wish to volunteer. Students can assist with the annual Valentine's Dance from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; help build a float for the Pioneer Days parade which takes place on February 16; or volunteer with both the pre-school students and seniors at the Center with their daily activities. The Center will also be observing a moment of silence before the Dance.
The City of Ft. Lauderdale will observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.
The Town of Hillsboro Beach will fly flags at half-mast and observe a moment of silence with residents.
The City of Hollywood will observe a moment of silence and they will lower City government flag to half-staff.
The City of Lighthouse Point will lower flags to half-mast from noon until sundown. They will also observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.
The City of Margate will ring the City's Clock Tower bells in Downtown Margate. The bells will sound 17 times beginning at 2:21 p.m. followed by a moment of silence. The bells will chime 17 more times following that moment of silence.
The City of Miramar will host a candle light vigil at City Hall at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the flags will be at half-staff and the fire bell will be tolled 17 times.
The City of North Lauderdale will host a low-key Wreath Laying Ceremony at 10 a.m. the North Lauderdale Memorial Garden (6101 Kimberly Blvd.)
The City of Oakland Park will observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.
The City of Pembroke Pines Opens a New Window. will host a Prayer Vigil to commemorate the one-year mark of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles F. Dodge City Center (601 City Center Way.) For more information, please contact (954) 392-2116.
The City of Pompano Beach will observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.
The City of West Park is observing a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m. on the front lawn of City Hall. Following the moment of silence, there will be a dove release. Additionally, they will be creating a living memorial with participants to illustrate #2getherinserviceandlove.
Events around town are a compilation of what we have learned from others. These are not City of Parkland events and, as such, their listing here is not an endorsement.