11th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show Offers Great Shopping

By Debby Teich

Looking for the perfect gift? Chances are you will find it at the 11th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Community Services Fall Arts and Crafts Show. The annual event benefits the City of Pembroke Pines senior services programs. It will be held on September 23, from 9am to 4pm, and Sept. 24, from 10am to 4pm, at the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center, in Pembroke Pines, in over 54,000 sq. ft. of air conditioned space. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The show features a wide variety of carefully chosen artists, who are all present at the show to discuss their original and handmade work,” said Helen Daniels, Recreation Division Supervisor. “It is an excellent opportunity to browse and purchase beautiful one-of-a-kind handcrafted arts and crafts for the upcoming holidays.”

There will be more than 70 vendors from throughout the state of Florida, including many new ones. Visitors will find photography, Gourmet Chocolate & Popcorn, handmade soaps, lotions & candles, hand sewn fabric crafts, pottery, knitted baby items, knitted accessories, crochet clothing and accessories, children’s clothing and accessories, hand crafted cold porcelain dolls, handmade doll clothes, etched yard stones, paper quilling, handcrafted stationery, leather handbags, handcrafted holiday items, license late creations, hand carved wooden crafts, hand crafted jewelry, one of a kind hand crafted pens, silk floral arrangements and wreaths, locally grown orchids, and more.

The show also features pottery from the Empty Bowls group, comprised of students from the Community Center’s day and evening Pottery Studio program. The Artists in Action donate their time, talent and supplies to help feed the “empty bowls” of the hungry. The proceeds from the sale of their pottery will benefit the Community Center’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive for needy families in the community. Instructor Leroy Daniels will be demonstrating the pottery wheel throughout the arts and crafts show, allowing patrons the opportunity to understand the processes that the artists go through to create their finished works.

The SWFP Community Center offers adults 18 and older an opportunity to meet new people, build a support network or gather information. It is also a place that they can go to simply read a book or shoot pool. The Center offers trips and special events on a regular basis including self-improvement classes, educational classes, health classes and support programs presented by area professionals.

“Proceeds from events such as our Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show help us continue to provide services and programs for our members,” said Daniels.
Emilio’s Café will be open during show hours for all vendors and patrons. It features Latin food, fresh salads, sandwiches, fruit, soup, pastries, snacks, beverages and much more.

The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located at 301 N.W. 103rd Ave. in Pembroke Pines. Admission and parking for the event are free. For information or to inquire about space for artists, call 954-450-6888, send an email to vtoth@ppines.com or visit www.ppines.com/artcraftapplication or www.ppines.com/artcraftflyer.