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Harvest Your Health! FALL FESTIVAL

Strong & Stable


FA L L I V T AL S E F Saturday, October 23 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Gardens North County District Park / 5101 117th Court N., Palm Beach Gardens FOOD TRUCKS

STORY TELLING WITH SUZY HAMMER

CORN MAZE

TRAIN RIDES

LIVE MUSIC

BY THE ANDREW MORRIS BAND

SWEET TREATS

DON’T FORGET YOUR COSTUME AND CAMERA!

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Public Media Relations Division CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Madelyn Marconi Candice Temple CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Madelyn Marconi Kim Seng Candice Temple Florida Recreation & Parks Association F A L L

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City Briefs

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Florida City Government Week

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Calendar of Events

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Specials at The Dancing Crane

F E A T U R E S

Strong Stable 13

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Featured Art: Hand of Time

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Strong & Stable: City Budget Overview

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Community Concert Series/Films on Field

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City Social

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@CityofPalmBeachGardensRecreation @SandhillCraneGolf @GardensGreenMarket @CityofPBG @PBGardensFire @PBGPD @CityPBG

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@CityofPBG flickr.com/cityofpalmbeachgardens Find us on Spotify for a playlist inspired by this issue! Visit www.spotify.com or download the app & search “City of Palm Beach Gardens.”

ON THE COVER: Fall is full of so many great traditions in Palm Beach Gardens! We are excited about the return of many of our favorite community events this season, including the Gardens GreenMarket and Fall Festival.

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CITY BRIEFS Upcoming City Council Meetings Thursday, October 7, 2021

Safety Tips from Fire Rescue

Thursday, November 4, 2021 Thursday, December 2, 2021 Thursday, January 13, 2022 City Council meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, first floor, City Hall, 10500 N. Military Trail, unless otherwise scheduled.

Other Ways to Watch Our City Council meetings are streamed live via the City’s website. Can’t make it to the meeting in person? Stay informed from the comfort of your own home! LiveStream: www.pbgfl.com/LiveStream Archives: www.youtube.com/citypbg

SMOKE ALARMS

• Have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of the home.

• It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one sounds, they all sound.

• Learn the proper use and maintenance for fire extinguishers.

• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. • Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working properly.

Outdoor Seating Ordinance Gets An Update During the COVID pandemic, Palm Beach Gardens was one of the first cities to enact an emergency order that allowed our restaurants to expand their outdoor seating accommodations. This provision ended on September 30, 2021. Based on the positive response this provision received from restaurants and from the public, the City has updated and modernized the Outdoor Seating regulations and created a new, expedited Outdoor Seating approval process. Achieving a balance between public safety and the desire for more outdoor seating options, the new Outdoor Seating Ordinance was approved by City Council. The new permit is faster and more convenient for restaurant owners than it was pre-COVID with expedited review time and a lower, one-time cost.

• Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. They should be placed at least 10 feet away from stoves to prevent false alarms. CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY • Place carbon monoxide detectors outside sleeping areas, with at least one detector on each level of the home. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. • Test all carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month. • Generators should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings. HOME MAINTENANCE • Clean dryer filters after each load and have dryer vents cleaned on a regular basis. • Store flammable liquids in approved containers, away from heat sources. Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association Visit NFPA.org for more information

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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including basements.

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COOKING • Do not leave stove unattended while cooking and turn it off if you must leave the kitchen. • If you have a small grease fire on the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, get out and call 9-1-1. ELECTRICAL SAFETY • Replace worn, old or damaged electrical cords and do not run any cords under rugs or furniture. • Immediately shut off and have an electrician replace any switch or receptacle that is hot to the touch. • Replace and discard light bulbs that flicker or do not burn steady.


Message from the City Manager Setting the Record Straight

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ecent articles written by the Palm Beach Post have taken the liberty to present what they perceive as a poor decision to use American Relief Plan Act funds for infrastructure in support of the construction of a family-oriented par 3 golf course and clubhouse for our residents. Not fully included in their article are some missing key factors that led up to our decision. To begin, prior to any Covid-19 Relief funds availability, the City funded:

✔ $1 million to help struggling businesses; ✔ $300,000 to feed residents impacted by Covid-19; ✔ Over $549,599 for housing assistance to residents of low income (funding still available);

✔ $191,300 for residents in need of rent or mortgage payments (funding still available); ✔ Identified $5,550,000 for workforce housing incentives; ✔ Procured funding in the amount of $1,202,173 in order to provide potable water to two (2) low-income neighborhoods that would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of construction and installation; and

✔ Waived signage and outdoor tent/seating requirements to assist our business community.

During the City’s budget preparations, the American Relief Plan Act funding became a part of the math in developing the budget. It’s also important to note that the City has identified at least $2.1 million of lost revenue due to the pandemic. Therefore, the City has spent $1.3 million on local business recovery and feeding residents,

and lost $2.1 million in revenue, for a total of $3.4 million. A non-ad valorem bond was issued in January 2021 for $14 million to fund construction of the golf project. Due to an increase in the cost of materials and construction, the actual cost of the project totaled $16.1 million. Had the City not spent the $1.3 million and had the City not lost $2.1 million in revenue, the City would have been able

to fund the shortfall for the construction of the golf project. The American Relief Plan Act funds provide for the replacement of lost revenue due to the pandemic. These funds may be used for general infrastructure due to the extent of lost revenue. The City will use the funds for drainage, water/fire flow, sewer, electric infrastructure, an

irrigation lift station, gas and fiber lines, street lighting and parking facilities. The City’s use of the funds, therefore, is logical and permitted. The City of Palm Beach Gardens continues to be honest and transparent on all budget line items and expenditures. The American Relief Plan Act funds are no exception. – Ron Ferris, City Manager FA L L 2021

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H A R V E S T Y O U R H E A L T H ! With the entire world more focused than ever on health and wellness, we’ve created these pages for our locals who may be looking for additional ways to boost their health while also supporting local businesses.

The Gardens GreenMarket returns this October for its 20th season! Meet some of our vendors and learn about their passion for the products they make and sell.

Mama Lee’s Elderberries Have you ever had an elderberry? This superfood is PACKED with superpotent antioxidants that surpass those of the blueberry, making them a natural immunity booster. In ancient times, elderberries were used for healing scars and improving complexion. Folk medicine and Indigenous use included remedies for headaches, nerve pain and inflammation. If you’ve never tasted an elderberry, you’re in luck! Mama Lee’s Elderberries, owned by Brandy DeFreitas, makes their Gardens GreenMarket debut this season. They sell elderberry syrup, which is created by brewing elderberries to a reduction, then adding a mix of spices like Add It To: cinnamon, star anise, ginger root, and raw, local honey. There is a honeyPancake mix, smoothies, free syrup available for those with allergies, as well as elderberry gummies. tea or other beverages. 6

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Circle Bar C Goat Dairy “People trust what we do.” Just up the road in Indiantown, a Great Pyrenees stoically watches over a herd of goats on 30 acres of pastureland. Every morning, the 50-plus goats at Circle Bar C Goat Dairy Farm are milked and that fresh milk, plus many other products, make their way to the Gardens GreenMarket on Sunday. The owners, Jane and Mike Conway, have spent years developing a quality breeding line and take great care creating products such as goat milk soap, goat cheese gouda, and more. Minimal processing of their goods means natural benefits are retained. Add to that, happy goats who graze on rotated pastures all day and you have products that are jam packed with calcium, fiber, and vitamin A.

Biofarm Grassfed Provisions The name says it all! Committed to farming “done the right way”, BioFarm Grassfed Provisions begins with a business model where animals have freedom to roam and behave the way their nature calls. The owners, Alessandra and Enoque, are Brazilian natives who grew up with a healthy lifestyle. The ducks, chickens, turkeys

and cattle on the farm live a stress-free existence that is also free of chemicals and medications. Located on 20 acres in Okeechobee, the farm’s goal is to go back to the basics with no short cuts and everything is handcrafted. They provide the community with niche products such as duck eggs, which are a great alternative for people with allergies to chicken eggs. Duck eggs are higher in protein and are also an alkaline food. 80% of the farm’s production is eggs which have vibrant, orange yolks attributed to their free range life in which they bypass a feed-heavy diet for a more nutritious diet of grass and bugs. The

free-range life of the farm’s fowl means the animal is not stressed and does not release those stress toxins into its body. When we consume the meat or eggs, we are not consuming those toxins. BioFarm Grassfed Provisions sell free-range poultry, pasture-raised beef, eggs and handcrafted raw honey.

Liquid Gold Honey It’s known as the Nectar of the Gods and for centuries has been renowned all over the world for its numerous uses and healing properties. We’re talking about honey! At the Gardens GreenMarket you’ll find Liquid Gold Honey selling what some describe as the best honey in the state. As a small child, owner Chris Von Dahm recalls watching his great grandfather, who had immigrated from Lithuania, working the family’s hives to farm apple blossom honey in Pennsylvania. That experience left a strong impression on Chris who started his business a decade ago. He feels his product has an edge over others because the process uses no heat at all in extracting the honey. This means all the live enzymes, pollen, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties are retained.

How Sweet:

Liquid Gold Honey specializes in local raw honey, the hardto-find bee pollen concentrate and other bee products.

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healthy pets, too! Dog Days Homemade Barkery

Door2Door Microgreens The microgreen craze began two decades ago when chefs in California began using them to step up their garnishes and salads. Sure, they look good, but what’s the deal with microgreens? Well, they are packed with flavor and vitamin rich. The antioxidant properties of microgreens can be described as “off the charts” as they are abundant in potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium. Living a plant-based lifestyle inspired owner Crystal Clark to start her business Door2Door Microgreens. What initially began as a small venture growing food for her family and pet iguana, has turned into a full-fledged small business in the last couple of years.

Inspired by a desire for healthy options for the dogs in her own life, Amy Byrd founded Dog Day Homemade Barkery in 2014. Now offering a variety of dog treats in 25 different flavors, the product line was developed by identifying ailments that commonly plague pooches and including ingredients that address them. She talks to lots of customers who want treats that will help resolve an issue. For itchy dogs, there’s a treat made with brewer’s yeast and oatmeal. For upset stomach, there’s a treat made with organic mint. Using local products for an interesting list of ingredients, the barkery boasts chicken feet (for glucosamine), turmeric, sweet potatoes, local honey, and hemp to aid with inflammation and joint health.

TAIL WAGGY TIP: Watch for signs that indicate

something is off with your pet. Try to address them as soon as possible.

It doesn’t get much fresher than microgreens purchased at the Gardens GreenMarket a little as 11 hours after they were harvested. In addition to offering an abundant assortment of microgreens from red acre cabbage to peas, that are grown using reverse osmosis water which has been pH balanced, they also offer an elaborate line of seasonings and salts infused with raw, dehydrated microgreens.

The Gardens GreenMarket Sponsored in Good Health by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

Sundays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 10500 N. Military Trail For a full list of over 120 vendors at the Gardens GreenMarket, visit www.pbgfl.com/greenmarket

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“Our first interest is helping your dog”

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I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It!

The City of Palm Beach Gardens will be joining cities throughout the state to recognize and raise awareness about the importance of municipal government. Cities provide a higher level of service than most governments and play a big role in enhancing the quality of life in communities.

Join us for the following events during Florida City Government Week:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Resident Photo Contest Reception 6:00 p.m. at City Hall Lobby 10500 N. Military Trail

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

Fall Festival – Pumpkin Palooza! 6:00 p.m. The Gardens North County District Park 5101 117th Courth North Fall Festival, one of the City’s Signature Events, is back! Invite your family and friends for a night filled with fun activities, live music, food trucks, storytelling & sweet treats. Don’t forget your costume and camera!

Talent resides in Palm Beach Gardens! Winning photographs from this year’s contest will be announced at a special reception at City Hall. The Resident Photography Contest winners will be on exhibit as part of a special exhibition in City Hall from October 11 to November 4, 2021. Face masks required and social distancing will be observed.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

Coffee & Conversation with the Mayor 9:00 a.m. at City Hall Lobby 10500 N. Military Trail Join Mayor Rachelle Litt to discuss issues, share ideas, ask questions, and connect in a friendly, casual environment. Coffee & light refreshments will be served. Face masks required and social distancing will be observed.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

Gardens GreenMarket Photo Contest Exhibit 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at City Hall Municipal Campus 10500 N. Military Trail As you stroll through The Gardens GreenMarket, be sure to stop by the special GardensArt exhibit tent with photos on display from this year’s Resident Photo Contest. Check out the unique and artistic ways our residents captured the heart of Palm Beach Gardens in four different categories! FA L L 2021

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OCTOBER NOW-NOVEMBER 2 GardensArt Exhibition Ellen Negley Watercolor Paintings Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tennis & Pickleball Center

NOW-DECEMBER 14 GardensArt Exhibition Laurie Snow Hein Oil Paintings Daily, Dawn to Dusk Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse

OCTOBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Junior Drop In Golf Clinic 9 – 10 a.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club Get Golf Ready 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Hall Municipal Campus

OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, 25 Team Golf: Tour Chasers 4 – 5:30 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

OCTOBER 5, 12, 19, 26 Family Clinic 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, 27 After School Golf Clinic 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

OCTOBER 7 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall

OCTOBER 11-NOVEMBER 4 GardensArt Exhibition City Government Week: Annual Resident Photo Contest Group Exhibition of Contest Finalists Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at City Hall

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Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board 6 - 9 p.m. at City Hall

GardensArt Exhibition Lynn Doyal Mixed Media Hours Vary: Call 561.630.1116 Burns Road Community Center

OCTOBER 15 School’s Out Camp 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Burns Road Community Center School’s Out Golf Camp 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

OCTOBER 18-24 Florida City Government Week See a full list of events on page 5!

OCTOBER 19 Resident Photography Contest: Finalists Reception 6 p.m. at City Hall

OCTOBER 21 Coffee & Conversation with the Mayor With Mayor Rachelle Litt 9 a.m. at City Hall

OCTOBER 23 Fall Festival 6 - 8 p.m. The Gardens North County District Park

OCTOBER 26 Special Magistrate Hearing 2 - 5 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers

OCTOBER 27 Mummy and Boo Tot Party 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 5 Ladies Nine, Wine & Dine Ladies Only Four Player Scramble 2:30 p.m. Shotgun Start Front nine at Sandhill Crane Golf Club Grip It, Rip It & Sip It Event Mixed Men & Women’s Four Player Scramble 2:30 p.m. Shotgun Start Back nine at Sandhill Crane Golf Club

NOVEMBER 6 15th Annual Mayor’s Veterans Golf Classic Mixed Men & Women’s 18-Hole Event 9:30 a.m. Shotgun Start at Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Fall Wheelchair Tennis Championship Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex

NOVEMBER 13 Stories in the Park 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Mirasol Park Playground Films on the Field - Movie: Up 7 p.m. Gardens Park Miracle League Turf Field

NOVEMBER 13, 20 Junior Drop In Golf Clinic 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

NOVEMBER 17

The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Hall Municipal Campus

Thankful Little Turkeys Tot Party 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Burns Road Community Center

NOVEMBER 8-DECEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 22 - 24

GardensArt Exhibition Lynn Morgan- Oils & Pastels Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at City Hall

School’s Out Camp 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

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NOVEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall

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Kid’s Night Out 6 – 9 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

Get Golf Ready #1: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. #2: 12:30 – 2 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

NOVEMBER 4

GardensArt Exhibition Rayna O’Nan Underwater Photography Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tennis & Pickleball Center

NOVEMBER 12

Community Concert feat. ELEMENTS: Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band 7 – 9 p.m. Veterans Plaza Amphitheater

Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board 6 - 9 p.m. at City Hall

NOVEMBER 4-JANUARY 11

School’s Out Camp Sandhill Crane Golf Club 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Veterans Salute Concert feat. 13th Army Band 11 a.m. Veterans Plaza Amphitheater School’s Out Camp 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

NOVEMBER 22-26 Tennis Holiday Camps 9 a.m. – 4p.m. Tennis & Pickleball Center

NOVEMBER 22, 23, 24 & 26 Turkey Camp 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

NOVEMBER 23 Special Magistrate Hearing 2 - 5 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers


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Thanksgiving Holiday City Administrative Offices Closed

GardensArt Exhibition Rita Shapiro | Oil Paintings Melissa Kelley | Mixed Media Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at City Hall

After School Golf Clinic 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

NOVEMBER 25 Thanksgiving Golf 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start Sandhill Crane Golf Club

DECEMBER 23, 27-31 School’s Out Camp 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 17 Santa’s Mailbox Burns Road Community Center

DECEMBER DECEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 After School Golf Clinic 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

DECEMBER 2 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall

DECEMBER 3-8 Little Mo’s International Championships Tennis & Pickleball Center

DECEMBER 3 Tree Lighting 6 – 8 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

DECEMBER 23 & 24 Friendship by Melissa Kelley

DECEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27 Team Golf: Tour Chasers 4 – 5:30 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

DECEMBER 11 Films on the Field - Movie: Elf 7 p.m. Gardens Park Miracle League Turf Field Sweet Season Mixed & Lunch 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tennis & Pickleball Center

DECEMBER 14 Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board 6 - 9 p.m. at City Hall

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School’s Out Golf Camp 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

JANUARY 8, 15, 22, 29 Junior Drop In Golf Clinic 9 – 10 a.m. at Sandhill Crane Golf Club Get Golf Ready #1: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; #2: 12:30 - 2 p.m.

JANUARY 9 20th Anniversary Celebration of The Gardens GreenMarket City Hall Municipal Campus

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Christmas Eve Golf Last tee time: 12:30 p.m. at Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board 6 - 9 p.m. at City Hall

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Christmas Day Golf 9:30 a.m. Shotgun Start Sandhill Crane Golf Club

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. at City Hall

DECEMBER 25

Public Safety Day 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Gardens North County District Park

Christmas Day City Administrative Offices Closed

DECEMBER 27-30 Winter Break Golf Camp 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

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JANUARY 17 School’s Out Camp 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Burns Road Community Center School’s Out Golf Camp 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Holiday Bazaar 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

Holiday Hoopla Tot Party 10 - 11 a.m. Burns Road Community Center

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Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

Kid’s Night Out 6 – 9 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

New Year’s Day City Administrative Offices Closed

DECEMBER 4, 11, 18

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JANUARY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Junior Drop In Golf Clinic 9 – 10 a.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Stories in the Park 10 – 11 a.m. PGA National Park Playground

The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Hall Municipal Campus

Get Golf Ready #1: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; #2: 12:30 - 2 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Community Concert feat. The Motowners Motown Tribute Band 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Veterans Plaza Amphitheater

JANUARY 3-4

Sandhill Crane Golf Club/ The Dancing Crane Restaurant 9500 Sandhill Crane Drive

School’s Out Camp 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Burns Road Community Center

Tennis & Pickleball Center Clubhouse/Center Court Café 5110 117th Court N.

DECEMBER 20-24, 27-31

School’s Out Golf Camp 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Club

The Gardens North County District Park 5101 117th Court North

DECEMBER 5, 12, 19, 26 The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Hall Municipal Campus

Tennis Holiday Camps 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tennis & Pickleball Center

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City Hall Municipal Campus 10500 N. Military Trail   The Gardens GreenMarket 10500 N. Military Trail

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Hand of Time By: Madelyn Marconi

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n many ways, innovation serves as the driving force toward the development of technology and its interaction with the modern world. Emerging technologies can help change the way humans live, face challenges, and solve real-life problems. Representing the collaboration between technology and innovation is a stainless steel structure called Hand of Time. The sculpture is fittingly located in The Gardens Innovation Center in PGA National. Hand of Time was brought to life by artist Peter Garaj, a sculptor from Czechoslovakia with an extensive background in stainless steel art. 12

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Hand of Time presents a robotic hand gently holding planet earth between the thumb and index finger. The robotic hand, with fingers fastened together by large metal joints, serves as a symbolic piece of modern art compatible with the contemporary design and aesthetics of the surrounding complex. In 2017, the office and technology complex was built with significant modern flare to attract leading technological, bioscience, and life science firms to the space. The sculpture resides at the front entrance to the building, providing

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clear visibility to both pedestrians and drivers passing by. Adhering to the principles of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, it is illuminated from dusk to midnight using energyefficient lighting. Garaj’s Hand of Time is an inspiring piece of art that represents the opportunity to succeed in the modern world by utilizing a powerful combination of groundbreaking ideas, passion, and technology. In a way, it appears that Hand of Time silently expresses a short but meaningful quote from musician Phil Collins, “The world is in your hands. Now use it.”


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City’s Budget Will Sustain Quality of Life for Residents Written and Photographed by Candice Temple

Mary Circle/Dania Drive Potable Water U.S. HUD Community Development Block Grant, General Fund for Capital Improvement & Gas Tax Fund

“Coordination between the City Engineering & Planning and Zoning Departments will allow local neighborhoods to have access to much needed infrastructure, including potable water.” – Olivia Ellison, Planner

Mary Circle and Dania Drive have long needed infrastructure improvements. These neighborhoods are still served by well water and a septic system on undersized lots. The project includes providing potable water to the Mary Circle and Dania Drive communities. Right of way acquisition from the Palm Beach County and private residents is required and the roads will be repaved to the City’s standard. Project Budget: $1,162,290 FA L L 2021

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“Youth sports is an important part of what makes Palm Beach Gardens a special place. When you visit these fields, you see and feel the investment.” – Cory Wilder, Director of Public Services

Gardens Park Baseball Funded by General Fund for Facilities Repair & Maintenance

renovation to Fields 1 & 2.

Since the Klock soccer

bring significant

The renovation includes

fields were relocated

economic benefits to the

removal of existing turfgrass

to The Gardens North

community, and allows

and replace with latitude

County District Park a

our homegrown youth

36 bermuda grass, improve

few years ago, Gardens

athletes the opportunity

This year’s budget will

irrigation, lasergrade the

Park has flourished

to train and play in world

allow the City to complete

clay infield, and replace

as a premier baseball

class facilities.

its field renovations at

existing warning track with

facility hosting countless

Project Budget:

Gardens Park with the

crushed red brick.

tournaments, which

$174,400

Burns Road Community Center Renovations Funded by Recreation Impact Fees With construction of a new pool and

existing areas and expansion to add a gym

Aquatic buildings underway, this year’s

and locker rooms occurred. Once again,

budget will see additional renovations

BRCC will be given a lifesaving breath to

and expansion of the Burns Road

prepare it to serve another generation.

Community Center. The facility has

“In response to the input gathered in the recent Resident Survey, the renovation plans are being geared to provide the community the programming they are looking for.” – Charlotte Presensky, Leisure Services Administrator

been the heart of the community since

The oldest areas of the facility have

opening its doors in 1983. Annually,

reached their useful life as to function.

the department serves over 90,390

The project will be completed in phases

participants in all programs, most of

over the next few years. As we look to the

which are held in the community center.

future, the renovations will allow the staff

BRCC hosts everything from basketball

to provide innovative and engaging activities

games and dance lessons to MahJong

for the whole community, any age!

tournaments and sits on Santa’s knee.

Project Budget for Phase I:

In 2006, a limited renovation to some

$10,000,000

“Parks improve our psychological and physical health all while strengthening our sense of community connectivity.” – Jennifer Nelli, Operations Manager

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most loved passive parks. Enhancements to be made at Lake Catherine Park in this fiscal year will include benches, garbage receptacles, walking trail and refurbishment of the existing monument sign. Non-motorized vessel, stand up paddle board and kayak users can delight in a launch slip that is both beautiful and functional. Through the improvements at Lake Catherine Park, the City is continuing our goal to provide essential environmental, recreation and aesthetic benefits to our residents and

Lake Catherine Park continues to

guests; further making us THE Signature City!

serve residents as one of the City’s

Project Budget: $54,200

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OTHER BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS “We expect to improve the overall environment for the dogs and the patrons.” – Michael Hammock, Parks & Grounds Operations Manager

Lilac Dog Park- K9 Synthetic Grass

result in less down time for

the Dog Park with K9

General Fund for Capital

maintenance and inclement

synthetic turf will make the

weather.

park more user friendly,

Improvement

minimize closures, as well as

If you are a dog parent

The Parks & Grounds

improve drainage, improve

looking to socialize your

Division spends $10,000 a

sanitation, and will make

pooch, you have probably

year replacing sod at Lilac

spent some time at Lilac

Dog Park. The dog park is

the park a more enjoyable experience for its users.

Dog Park. In this budget

closed for 2–3-week periods

Project Budget: $175,000

year, the park will see some

each year to perform such

improvements that will

renovations. Improving

The City’s workforce is stable with this year’s budget supporting 550 full time positions. That’s approximately nine employees per every 1,000 residents. Eleven positions were added to fund an additional police officer to support the Traffic Unit, a Fire Plans Examiner to keep up with the pace of new development projects coming to the City, an Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) mechanic to provide in-house maintenance on fire rescue apparatus, a Director of Mobility to implement

“Our goals are to improve water quality control and storage availability so proper draining occurs and flooding is not an issue.”

our transportation capital improvements and seven new positions in the Golf Course Special Revenue

– Daniel Widdick, Operations Manager Streets and Stormwater

Fund to support the new golf course being added at Sandhill Crane Golf Club.

Stormwater/Canal Maintenance

replacement of pipes and

stormwater system. The

Funded by General Fund

structures. With that, the

canal system underwent

City got right to work

a major refurbishment

implementing a ten-year

almost 20 years ago with

maintenance program to

the issuance of $5 million

dewater the system, clean

public improvement bond.

and televise all structures

To prevent the system

for inspection. Each

from requiring another

year our adopted budget

substantial refurbishment,

continues this program

staff formulated an annual

and includes $250,000 in

canal dredging and

Council approved the Fiscal

the Stormwater Division’s

maintenance plan. The

Year 2021/2022 budget,

Repair & Maintenance

adopted budget contains

setting the millage rate at

expenditure account.

an allocation of $250,000

5.55. This is the seventh

in the Stormwater

consecutive year that the

A similar approach is taken

Division’s Repair &

City has had this millage

for needed maintenance

Maintenance expenditure

rate. The total budget is

to the City’s system of

account to continue

$217,591,100. For full details

canals, which collect the

this program.

on the City’s budget, visit

water runoff from the

Project Budget: $500,000

www.pbgfl.com/budget.

for Stormwater and Streets Repair & Maintenance Staff began the process of developing a stormwater repair and renovation program in 2015 when it hired a consultant to map and inspect the City’s stormwater system. That study resulted in a prioritized list of repairs and maintenance activities for the entire system. The FY 2016 budget included $1.5 million in the General Fund for the

Other capital projects that will happen this year: • Sandhill Crane Drive extension • Improvements to Kyoto Gardens Drive from Military Trail to Alternate AIA • Holly Drive pedestrian crossing improvements • Improvements to Burns Road from Military Trail to Alternate AIA, to include the intersection of Alternate AIA and Burns Road

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FREE EVENT

Elements:

The Motowners:

Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band

The Ultimate Motown Tribute Band

Saturday, November 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Veterans Plaza Amphitheater | 10500 N. Military Trail

Put on your dancin’ shoes and head to ‘Boogie Wonderland’! ELEMENTS will cover the greatest hits spanning over three decades with a full band of brass, percussion, and talented vocalists.

Saturday, December 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Veterans Plaza Amphitheater | 10500 N. Military Trail

The Motowners brings the sounds of downtown with songs from artists including: The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and many more timeless tunes from the 60s and 70s.

GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY FRENCHMAN’S CREEK CHARITIES FOUNDATION, INC.

Bring your family and friends along with lawn chairs or blankets as we show a monthly feature film! We will have the big screen viewable for all spectators to enjoy. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Please leave your pets at home. Movies will begin promptly at 7:00pm. These showings are provided free of charge.

LOCATION: Gardens Park, Miracle League turf field 4301 Burns Road

UP

Saturday, November 13

ELF

Saturday, December 11

GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY BALLENISLES CHARITIES FOUNDATION INC. & FRENCHMAN’S CREEK CHARITIES FOUNDATION, INC.

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Congratulations to the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis and Pickleball Center for receiving the United States Tennis Association 2021 USTA Outstanding Facility Award for public courts in the Large Tennis Center category. Palm Beach Gardens Recreation partnered with Town of Jupiter Recreation in 2020 to create the Ignite the Fight Virtual 5K. The program was awarded the Innovative Programming Health Award at the 2021 Annual Florida Recreation and Parks Association Awards. City of Palm Beach Gardens Recreation Supervisor Ashley Shipman was named a 2021 Emerging Leader Scholarship Awardee by the Florida Festivals and Events Association.

Also recognized at the 2021 FRPA Awards, Recreation Supervisor Lyndsey Marsh received the 2021 Rising Star Award for the state of Florida. FA L L 2021

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City of Palm Beach Gardens 10500 N Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

SPECIALS AT THE DANCING CRANE

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

WEEKENDS

TACO NIGHT

BURGER N BREWS

JUKEBOX BINGO

PRIME RIB NIGHT

BRUNCH

Enjoy unlimited tacos for $16 and $6 Margaritas.

Our house special burger served with a draft beer of your choice for just $12!

Grab some friends, enjoy great food and music while winning prizes. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Prime Rib Dinner with your choice of King or Queen cut with all the fixins. Live Music from 7-10 p.m.

BOOK YOUR NEXT EVENT Sandhill Crane Events Weddings • Corporate Events • Wedding/Baby Showers Visit our website to view our wedding and party packages: www.sandhillcrane-events.com

Located at Sandhill Crane Golf Club

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Join us for brunch with live music on Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


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