How to Get the Designer Look for Less with Alena Capra
Sunday, May 26th at 3 pm

Alena Capra, is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale based firm, Alena Capra Designs. She has over 16 years experience as an interior designer, and has worked on numerous residential design projects throughout South Florida, as well as in New York, Minnesota, California, and Arizona. In addition to being a national award winning interior designer, Alena is also a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD) with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Alena has appeared on camera as a host, designer, and/or co-host, in over 20 episode of various home improvement television shows, including Designing Spaces (Lifetime), Operation Build, (A&E and FYI) and RowhouseShowdown (FYI). Alena has also worked behind the scenes for HGTV as the set designer for Season 1 of Weekends With Luis.

Alena serves as the Industry Ambassador for Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America. She’s also a Brand Ambassador for Robern. She has worked with companies such as Legrand, Cafe Appliances (GE), Philips, and Cartier. Her design work has also been published in many national, and regional print design publications.

Your Money and Your Mortgage: Insights and Solutions
Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 pm

Presented By: Carolina F. Benzadon, CPFA, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Advisor, NMLS #1435379 and Roy Mandke, Lending Officer, NMLS ID: 982922 from Merrill Lynch. As a full service investment group, we believe we can help you take your long term financial goals from vision to execution, while making educated decisions along the way. Financing a home is a central piece of the puzzle but could be daunting. At this seminar we will provide you with an overview of the lending process, discuss various mortgage options, and explain the risks involved. From investing fundamentals to our economic outlook for 2019 and more… Take charge of your financial future today.

Property Tax Savings Exemptions
Sunday, May 26th at 1:00 pm

Presented by, Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser. Marty is a lifelong Broward County resident, a local lawyer and an avid softball and ping pong player. From 2006 to 2012, Marty served in the Florida House of Representatives and took a special interest in improving K-12 Education. After leaving the House, Marty served as Broward County Commissioner of District 1 from 2012 to 2016 and was Mayor of Broward County from 2015 to 2016. While serving on the Commission, Marty focused on keeping property taxes low, improving services for seniors and children, and protecting animals -among other priorities.

On January 3, 2017, Marty was sworn in as your Broward County Property Appraiser and he is looking to forward to continuing to serve the wonderful residents of Broward County.

Marty is married to his wife Kelly who is a proud University of Florida Gator. Marty and Kelly have two daughters, Brianne and Camryn, a dog named Cooper and a cat named Rocky. If Marty can assist you please visit or contact me directly at 954-357-6904 or via email at

A Taste-Full Experience: Food & Wine Pairing Demo
Saturday, May 25th at 3:30 p.m. at the Home Improvement Stage

The food + wine seminar is now fully booked, please email to be put on the waiting list in the event of cancellations.

The Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show in collaboration with Sun Sentinel present: A Taste-Full Experience where guests can learn food and wine pairings from the pros. Join Chef Tara Abrams, Executive Chef of Crazy Uncle Mike’s and Wine Educator Stefano Campanini of Wine by the Bay for an educational demonstration focused on what wines to pair with an eclectic fusion of flavors and textures.

Tara thrives under pressure, and has won several culinary competitions including the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Midnight Munchies (2014), Thrillist BBQ Bash (2015), and the Bacon Bash (2016.)

Stefano is a certified wine educator who has traveled the globe in search of an adventure and great story. He offers weekly wine tasting classes, private events and cellar consultancy services.

Chef Tara Abrams has been a respected member of South Florida’s culinary community since 1997. Much like her cooking, Tara started from scratch, training in some of South Florida’s most touted kitchens including 32 East, Tap 42, OTC Brickell and multiple JEY Hospitality Group restaurants. During her four year tenure with JEY Hospitality, Tara’s expertise and knowledge were applied towards menu design, execution and opening several new restaurant concepts. Tara thrives under pressure, and has won several culinary competitions including the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Midnight Munchies (2014), Thrillist BBQ Bash (2015), and the Bacon Bash (2016).

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Tara’s culinary inspiration came from watching her mom cook. Together, they loved to create dishes for their friends and family, gathering everyone around the table in their home. Tara has always abided by her personal mantra, which is “to always use the best quality ingredients and put love into each stir.” At Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Tara will focus on an array of fresh, globally inspired and locally sourced seasonal dishes.

Stefano Campanini is an explorer and adventurist. Knowledge comes from taking the backroad, whether it’s sailing solo from Connecticut to South America, riding the Alaskan Highway on motorcycle, or running a 15K through the Argonne Forest. Stefano’s discerning palate was cultivated in his birthplace, Parma, Emilia Romagna named by Forbes: “Italy’s Greatest Gastronomic Treasure.” His dream of sharing pleasure at the table began in 2012, when he opened Wine by the Bay. Since then, Stefano has quickly become recognized as one of South Florida’s leading Champagne and boutique wine experts. “Wine is an education and not just a drink,” he’ll say while handcrafting a ‘tale of wine cities’ to both novices and aficionados alike.

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This seminar is presented in partnership with Sun Sentinel.

Broward County Parks and Recreation Seminars

Ms. Linda Briggs-Thompson is the Environmental Program Manager of Broward County Parks. She has worked as a biologist managing natural areas in South Florida for 21 years. Fifteen of the years were spent working in Broward County’s natural areas. She supervises a team of natural resource specialists and serves on many County environmental committees. Linda has both a BS and MS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. Friday, May 24th at 5:00 p.m.

John J. Pipoly III, Ph.D., FLS. John is program coordinator for the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)/Environmental Education Program, within the Public Communications Group of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. As a scientific liaison, he serves on various Broward County Intergovernmental Committees related to sustainable development, green government, and related environmental resilience areas. His specific duties include scientific outreach to schools, universities, municipal, state and federal governments, NGOs, to enhance programming in environmental- and education for sustainable development, and to foment use of Broward County Parks, natural areas and nature centers as venues for innovative experiential learning. John works with all of the Environmental Educators of the Division, collaborates with the Florida League of Environmental Educators, the North American Association for Environmental Education, the National Recreation and Parks Association and the American Public Gardens Association. Saturday, May 25th at 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Kelli Whitney is a Parks Manager and Naturalist at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie, FL. Ms. Whitney supervises the other naturalists on staff and is known for leading 20 STEAM/Environmental Educational programs from knee-high naturalists to migratory birds, and teacher workshops among others. Kelli works closely with FOLK, the park’s friends group, for many family events to celebrate nature. Ask Kelli about National Moth Week, July 20-28 at Long Key. Sunday, May 26th at 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Greg Wheeler is a research entomologist at the USDA/ARS Invasive Plant Research Lab, Ft Lauderdale. He has conducted biological control research of invasive weeds for more than 20 years. Most recent projects include Brazilian peppertree and Chinese tallow tree, where he has conducted overseas surveys, host range testing and chemical ecology of the agents and weeds. He is especially interested in the evolutionary and biochemical factors that influence the host range of specialized herbivores. Additional research topics include the role of natural enemies limiting agent densities and agent impact on weed populations. Monday, May 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Top Ten Energy-Saving Tips For Homeowners
Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 pm

Steve Gonzalez, C.G.C. is a state-certified general contractor with over 35 years' experience in the building industry. He has built over 200 custom homes and has successfully completed more than 120 custom home remodeling projects. He is the author of Ready...Set...Build: A Consumer's Guide to Home Improvement Planning & Contracts and Before You Hire A Contractor: A Construction Guidebook for Consumers. He has been featured on CNBC's Money Tonight and CNN's Your Money, and has been heard nationally on numerous radio syndicates including Hometime, Home Improvement USA, The Business Radio Network, and the Real Estate News Network. He has also been a special guest host on the Clark Howard Show in Georgia. His books have been reviewed and recommended in hundreds of publications across the nation, including Home Planner Magazine, The Miami Herald, Log Home Magazine, Bottom Line Personal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Real Estate Digest. Both titles are endorsed by industry leaders. Gonzalez is frequently featured as a speaker at home shows, homeowner's associations, realty groups, and conventions.

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