If it seems like you can't log a mile on your pedometer app lately without running into a block party, the roped-off neighborhood jam may have finally reached its height in popularity. While there is something to the communal experience of getting together under the sticky grill mist of food trucks and blare of live music and crowd chatter, this "new" phenomenon is anything but. The art of the block party dates back to New York City neighborhoods during World War I, when blocks were shut down as neighbors gathered to sing patriotic songs for those who had gone off to war. With that Wikipedia history lesson in tow, this Thursday's free Block Party in celebration of Broward's centennial makes sense. The something-old/something-new concept will feature the annual Block Party with a nod to all that Broward has come to be in the past 100 years. Organized by Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, and Nova Southeastern University, this party to celebrate higher education will feature live graffiti painting, food trucks, art exhibits, children's activities, student portraits, and live music. Actress and Broward native Catherine Hickland will serve as master of ceremonies. The Block Party will run from 5 to 8 p.m. along Las Olas Boulevard between Andrews and Second avenues. Visit broward100.org.
Thu., Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m., 2014