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Fans of ABC’s “Scandal” can let out a collective sigh of relief when the popular series returns Thursday for its third season. But fans of the show, which stars Kerry Washington, don’t have to check out Olivia Pope & Co. alone. Join like-minded gladiators at the Tiffany Ballroom of the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort every Thursday of the season starting this week, for a viewing party presented by Scandalous Divas. Hosted by spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, the 7-11 p.m. event costs $20, including food. Call 954-400-8948 for more info. The Hotel is at 16701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.


A must-do on the list of fashionistas looking for affordable swag, the fashion forward H&M made its Broward debut with a store in the Pembroke Lakes Mall, 11401 Pines Blvd. Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish retailer, opened a 20,000 square foot space. Like the other locations, expect a vast collection of women, mens and children’s clothing, along with accessories.


The hard-working competitors on “Dancing With the Stars” really work up a sweat. How do they quench their thirst? Karina Smirnoff, Witney Carson, Jack Osbourne, Corbin Bleu and Gleb Savchenko recharge with Celsius, a calorie-reducing beverage, which boosts metabolism, reduces body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy. Does it work? See for yourself. Celsius is sold in more than 300 South Florida stores including Publix, Vitamin Shoppe, Winn-Dixie, 7-11, GNC, RaceTrac and 24 HR Fitness; a 24-pack is $36.


The culturally correct can enjoy the second season of “Art loft” at 7:30 Tuesday on WPBT, as South Florida enters into a season of arts and cultural events and initiatives. The show, hosted by Kalyn James, is a weekly 30-minute art program that showcases local and national artists, openings, installations, performances and art organizations.

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