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Riverside Youth Enrichment Center Art Show & Silent Auction In pursuit of cultural offerings, Riverside Youth Enrichment Center has developed an Art Show and Silent Auction now in its third year. Support our budding Picassos and blossoming Fridas by attending the biggest little art show in town! While there, be sure to peruse the silent auction.

PLACE: Burns Road Community Center Auditorium EXHIBITION DATE: January 17- February 16 RECEPTION AND SILENT AUCTION: Friday, February 10 6:00-7:30pm Proceeds will assist with improving and increasing educational opportunities, art enrichment, special activities, and additions to the classrooms at the Youth Enrichment Center.

RYEC Children’s Singing Performance at 6:30pm February 10

RYEC is the City operated, state of the art early childhood educational facility packed with love. The center provides the highest quality early learning education maintaining the Apple Accreditation and the Gold Seal Quality certificate.


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signaturecity@pbgfl.com 561.799.4152 Signature City magazine is a free publication produced quarterly by the City of Palm Beach Gardens Public Media Relations Division. Signature City is mailed to every household in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as distributed at city facilities. ON THE COVER: The newly remodeled

Veterans Plaza Amphitheater at City Hall was completed in Fall 2016 and is available to rent for a variety of cultural events. For details, call 561.630.1100.

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What’s On My MindMayor Marcie Tinsley

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City BriefsUpcoming Spring Elections

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What’s On My Mind M ayo r M a rc i e T i n s l e y

Marcie Tinsley, Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens

I would like to dedicate this article (my last Signature City article written as Mayor) to my colleagues Eric Jablin, Bert Premuroso, Joe Russo and David Levy. Our Council had many hands but one voice that wrote a very successful chapter of our City’s history. I am deeply honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to serve with you all.

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few weeks ago, I was on a radio show with the mayor from our neighboring town, Jupiter. He has been in public office for many years. This year is his first year as Mayor. We have a lot in common, as this year was my first year serving as Mayor. As we discussed the future of our cities, we both commented on the impact a Council has on a city’s future.

development, was approved this year. This new development is double the size of Abacoa and is the “future” of our City. Avenir won’t be completed for another 20+ years. This project took three years of City input before it came to our Council. Collectively, the Council made a decision that will affect thousands of people over the next 20 years. It was a 20-year decision. The minute details of this project and others are what create the unique personality of our City.

Abacoa was approved by the Jupiter council 21 years ago. The final phase of that development is now under construction. Alton (located on the SE corner of I-95 and Donald Ross Road) was approved over a decade ago. The first phase of construction started this year. Avenir, a 4,750 -acre mixed use

I have had the great honor and privilege of representing this City, its residents and tax payers for the last 6 years. Having a background in land planning, I have made it my business to pay attention to those minute details. I love the character of our City, and like my children, I want to protect it

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and make sure it grows up to be the best it can be. This spring, three of our City Council members, including myself, will retire due to term limits. Because of the impact that planning has on a community, it is extremely important to know who is representing you. We are your voice and have a huge impact on your future. It is very easy to look away and let someone else volunteer. However, it is just as easy, and extremely important for you, our residents and tax payers, to get involved, volunteer, educate yourself on who is running for City Council and vote. Our 20-year future depends on it! Mayor Marcie Tinsley can be reached at mtinsley@pbgfl.com, or 561.799.4103.


CITY BRIEFS City of Palm Beach Gardens Election Information

Eric Jablin Vice Mayor ejablin@pbgfl.com 561-799-4102

A General Election of the City of Palm Beach Gardens will be conducted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for the following City Council Groups: Group 1: 3 Year Term

GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE DEADLINES: Qualifying by Petition begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Monday, January 9, 2017, at noon. This is also the deadline for submitting signed petitions to the City Clerk for verification. Qualifying by Filing Fee begins on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

Group 3: 3 Year Term Group 5: 3 Year Term

Robert Premuroso Councilmember rpremuroso@pbgfl.com 561-799-4104

For information please contact the City Clerk at 561-799-4122 or psnider@pbgfl.com

Community Development Block Grant Applications are still being accepted for the City’s Community Development Block Grant program! The Gardens’ Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program will provide home repair assistance to single-family homeowners who are experiencing conditions around their

home that poses a threat to their health, safety and welfare. It is limited to low-to-moderate income homeowners and is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program uses the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist the Owner-occupied singlefamily household properties by:

• Providing safe residential exterior home hardening • Eliminating housing conditions that threaten the life, health and/or safety of the occupants • Adapting the exterior residence to meet accessibility needs • Improving conditions for energy efficiency

Councilmember cwoods@pbgfl.com 561-799-4105

Applications are available online at http://pbgfl.com/CommunityDevelopmentBlockGrant and in person at City Hall, 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, between the regular working hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.

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ARTS, CULTURE & THE ECONOMY by C a n d i ce Te m p l e

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s many in the business community have grown to know, the monthly breakfast meetings organized by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce continually offer a broad range of topics relevant to commerce. The December breakfast held at the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens featured a unique topic: Arts & Culture as an Economic Driver. We sat down with President and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Beth Kigel, to discuss the concept and why the Chamber felt it was important to present it to their membership. A little-known fact about Kigel is that she danced ballet for 18 years. Her experiences in the Beth Kigel arts and her business background give her unmatched enthusiasm on this topic. Pirouettes aside, it’s simple: Arts & Culture means business! In Palm Beach County alone, the Cultural industry supports nearly 6,000 full time jobs generating $135 million in annual household income. About 4.3 million of our neighbors generated $111 million in event related expenditures and that didn’t even include the price of admission. “Think about it,” Kigel says. “When you take in a show at the Maltz, you may grab dinner before the show. I know I do!” Moderated by Rena Blades of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, panelists for the event included the North County’s three largest cultural entities: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 6

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As a regional theatre, Kigel notes that the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is distinctive from other local theaters because they produce their own shows, which means every production is unique. The Maltz also runs the Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which is grooming the next generation of performers, securing the future of arts and cultural talent locally. For the past 32 years, the Chamber has produced ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival. Each year they receive thousands of applications for the juried show, but only about 300 artists are selected. Artists come from all over the country and we know they are staying in our hotels and eating at our restaurants, but just how far reaching can an art show be? How about 4,400 miles? That is the distance from Palm Beach Gardens to Bordeaux, France. In 2015, while Kigel attended the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, she chatted with a fellow transportation board member and learned that he owned a second home in Boynton Beach. Kigel inquired about what made him and his wife decide to buy another home in Palm Beach County. He noted that they discovered a cool little art show they visited year after year to the point that they decided to buy a house nearby. That little art show? ArtiGras. In the fall of 2016, the City of Palm Beach Gardens completed a 40' x 40' pavilion at the site of the GreenMarket, equipped with an outdoor audio system, lighting and multiple electrical outputs. A short distance away, the City also completed a beautiful renovation of Veterans Plaza that has created a state-of-the-art outdoor venue. The plaza stage has been transformed into an amphitheater featuring an iconic shade covering, shaded pergolas, outdoor surround sound and advanced lighting capabilities. Both projects beg for

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theatre, music and cultural events to be held on the grounds of City Hall. “We built and upgraded these places not just with City events in mind, but to encourage the community to use them,” says City Manager Ron Ferris. “The revenue generation is a bonus; however, the goal was to ‘set the stage’ for businesses and residents to frequent these venues and give it a character that will become part of Palm Beach Gardens.” The local impact of arts and cultural events is one thing, but Kigel also points out that the existence of these opportunities in a community translate to an improved quality of life. She noted in her presentation that nationally, 7 out of 10 adults attended arts events in 2015. And 87% of those interviewed for the study agreed art institutions are important to quality of life. Human Resources representatives say that arts and culture is their secret. They use elements outside of a company position to “sell” a job to prospective employees. The presence of arts and culture fosters an environment of innovation and a sense of place and community, according to Kigel. When surveying CEOs nationally, the top issue of concern that keeps them awake at night, especially in this era of a mobile workforce and an innovation economy, is the failure to attract and retain talent, particularly young professionals. Last year, cultural organizations in Palm Beach County served 716,000 school aged children with curriculum-based programs and free or subsidized admission. For these reasons, and the many ways arts education benefits the development of school aged children, the Chamber encourages and promotes the development of cultural offerings in the north county region, especially in Palm Beach Gardens.


DATE/TIME: January 13-14 at 7 PM LOCATION: The newly renovated

Veterans Plaza Amphitheater, 10500 North Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens

ADMISSION is free thanks to

sponsorship from the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc.

For more information, call (561) 630-1116 or visit pbgfl.com

Lovers of literature, users of Cliff Notes and families of all ages

are invited out to an evening under the stars celebrating the canon of the finest literary works in a 90-minute show. Confused by Confucius? Thoroughly thrown by Thoreau? Wish Swift was swifter? Tennyson tinier? Then buckle up and hop aboard as three madcap veteran performers with the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival take you on a 90-minute rollercoaster of all the books you didn’t get around to reading in school. All the Great Books uses the clever wit behind The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), endless props, costumes, audience participation and of course, books, to present a cram-session like no other!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 24

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Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing 2-5PM at City Hall

Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing 2PM at City Hall

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The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

JANUARY JANUARY 10 Development Review Committee 2-3PM at City Hall

JANUARY 10 Planning & Zoning Appeals Board 6PM at City Hall

JANUARY 10  Meet & Greet for Artist Carey Chen 5:30-7pm at City Hall Lobby Exhibition runs through January 12

JANUARY 13 & 14 Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival Presents: All the Great Books Generously sponsored by BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc. 7pm at Veterans Plaza, PBG Free to attend

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City Council Meeting 7PM at City Hall

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City Council Meeting 7PM at City Hall

Daddy Daughter Date Night 6:00-8:00PM at Burns Road Recreation Center

Gardensart Exhibition: Carol Staub “Stimulation Granted” Mixed Media and Acrylic Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Lobby

8:30am-7:00pm at Tennis Center

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Riverside Youth Enrichment Center 3rd Annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction Call 561.630.1100 for viewing hours. Reception and Silent Auction: Friday, February 10 | 6-7:30pm Burns Road Recreation Center

The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

Skate Jam 6-8pm at Palm Beach Gardens Skate Park. Skaters must wear shirt, pants & helmet

JANUARY 20

15th Anniversary Celebration of the Greenmarket 10am at City Hall

Arbor Day Celebration 9:30 AM at Lake Catherine Park *Free pine tree seedlings to attendees

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JANUARY 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day City Hall Administrative Offices Closed

Golf Jamboree All day at Sandhill Crane Golf Club

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MLK Day 2-hour Hitting Frenzy 8:30am-10:30am at Tennis Center

The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

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FEBRUARY 5 The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

FEBRUARY 14 Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board 6PM at City Hall

FEBRUARY 19 The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

FEBRUARY 20 Presidents Day City Hall Administrative Offices Closed

FEBRUARY 20-26 The Honda Classic PGA National Resort & Spa- Champions Course

FEBRUARY 26 The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

MARCH 4 Battle for the Brick Pickleball Tournament            9AM at Plant Drive Pickleball Courts

MARCH 5 The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

MARCH 6- APRIL 20 Gardensart Exhbition Paintings By Vicki Siegel M-F 8am -5pm at City Hall


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USTA Junior Tournament Level 6 B/G 18-16 under Singles and Doubles 8:30am-7:00pm at Tennis Center

Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing 2PM at City Hall

APRIL 9 The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

APRIL 11 ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION January 20, 9:30 AM at Lake Catherine Park Free pine tree seedlings to attendees

Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board 6PM at City Hall

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PBG Adult Student Art Exhibit 5:30-6:30PM at Burns Road Recreation Center

USTA Junior Tournament B/G 12-14 under Singles and Doubles 8:30am-7:00pm at Tennis Center

Good Friday City Administrative Offices Closed

EGG EXTRAVAGANZA April 8, 9AM at Gardens Park

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Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board 6PM at City Hall

The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

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Dancing Under the Stars 7PM at City Hall

Spring Break Camp 9:00am-12:00pm at Tennis Center

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Indoor Yard Sale 7:30AM -11:30AM at Burns Road Recreation Center

Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing 2PM at City Hall

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The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

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MARCH 17 Skate Jam 6-8pm at Palm Beach Gardens Skate Park. Skaters must wear shirt, pants & helmet

City Hall: 10500 N. Military Trail Burns Road Recreation Center: 4404 Burns Road Tennis Center: 5110 117th Court North Gardens Park: 4301 Burns Road

APRIL 2 The Gardens GreenMarket 8AM-1PM at City Hall

APRIL 6 City Council Meeting 7PM at City Hall

GARDENSART EXHIBITION: CAROL STAUB “Stimulation Granted” Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Lobby, Jan. 17 – March 2

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ROAD TO THE PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS HERE!!! PGA Junior League Golf is an innovative youth golf program! PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 & under, to enjoy the game of golf. Like other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends. Players compete under the direction of a PGA/LPGA Professional in a popular twoperson scramble format which reinforces the team concept and creates a nurturing environment for learning the game. Since launching in 2012, PGA Junior League Golf has grown to 2,700 teams and 36,000 participants in 2016 due to its wide-ranging appeal for youth, their parents, and facilities.

Sandhill Crane Golf Club Contact Sherri Pla, PGA Professional for more information Office: 561.630.1166 Email: spla@pbgfl.com Register: PGAJLG.com

SEASON TIMELINE Coach Registration: January thru March (Please Contact Sherri Pla at 772-634-5966 if you are interested in being a Volunteer Coach) Player Registration: February 15th Sandhill Crane Junior League Regular Season: March 29th thru May 31st Post Season Qualifiers: August Reginal Championships: September/October

“We are excited to introduce this possibility to the youth golfers of our area. PGA Junior League is flourishing all around the country and we are proud to bring it to the South Florida region. This league is an amazing experience and a great program for junior golfers. It is also the only vehicle that will give local youth an opportunity to qualify for the PGA Junior League National Championship. Come out and join the fun!” – Coach Sherri Pla

PGA Junior League National Championship: November


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Compassionate Friends Memorial Garden

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n May 2016, the City broke ground on The Compassionate Friends Memorial Garden located adjacent Lakeside Center at the corner of N. Military Trail and Burns Road. The Compassionate Friends is an international organization, founded in England 40 years ago. The local North Palm Beach County chapter, that supports bereaved parents, siblings or grandparents who have lost a child, meets every 4th Wednesday of each month at 7PM. Overlooking the lake and just a short walk from the meeting location, the Garden’s centerpiece is a statue created by artist Mark Fuller. The sculpture, composed of two hands in an open position with a heart in the center of each palm, is fabricated from formed and welded aluminum plate with a powder coated gloss-white finish. Positioned between the two hands is a winged heart fabricated in mirror-polished stainless steel. The gesture of the splayed hands is representative of releasing or setting free. The sculpture is placed on a 6-foot concrete pedestal. The Compassionate Friends Memorial Garden is a place of quiet reflection and seen as an alternative to visiting a cemetery. The City unveiled the project at a ribbon cutting

ceremony on December 10th when chapter members and families gathered to see the finished sculpture and to view the engraved pavers honoring their lost loved ones. Engraved pavers in the memorial garden can be purchased for $100 (depending on available space). For more information, call 561-630-1104 or email recinfo@pbgfl.com and inquire about the “BIG Program” – Buy Into the Gardens.

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HOW TO PLANT CONTAINERIZED TREES Trees from nurseries are often potted in a container. These instructions are for planting containerized trees.

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the south end the Lake Catherine jogging trail. This beautiful part of Palm Beach Gardens is available all year long for residents and visitors to enjoy the multitude of colorful trees in bloom.

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he City of Palm Beach Gardens has achieved “Tree City USA” certification for 29 years. Tree City USA is a community improvement program aimed at lowering energy costs, creating cleaner air and shade, and storm water control through an urban tree canopy. The standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation for achieving Tree City USA recognition are: 1. A tree board or department 2. A tree care ordinance 3. A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita

January 20th, 2017 Lake Catherine Park 9:30 AM This Year’s Tree: Brunfelsia Grandiflora, also known as “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.”

Brunfelsia (shown above): A profuse bloomer featuring flowers that start out deep violet, then turn to light violet, then white; all in a few days. They grow in southern and tropical climates.

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Trees can die up to ten years after planting from being planted too deep. Many trees already are planted too deep in nurseries – either a container or ball and burlap specimens. At planting, the top of the root ball should be 10% above the soil grade. All excess soil should be removed to ensure that the topmost root is within the top 2” of soil. Trees need to be properly irrigated until they are established, which can take a long time, depending on how large they are at time of planting. Trees also should be pruned for good structure when they are young. A simple snip can avoid a costly problem later. Trees can fail in hurricanes because of structural problems – such as co-dominant stems and included bark. This often can be avoided by purchasing Florida Fancy or Florida #1 grade trees from nurseries and proper pruning.

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10 TIPS for SUCCESSFUL PLANTING 1. Look up for wires and lights 2. Dig shallow and wide hole 3. Find the topmost root and treat root defects 4. Carefully place tree in hole 5. Position top root 1-2 inches above landscape soil 6. Straighten tree 7. Remove synthetic materials 8. Add and firm backfill soil 9. Add mulch 10. Stake and prune if needed


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VETERANS DAY AND TREE LIGHTING PHOTOS: CHRISTINE BRAHNEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Ball Stars Youth Camp C O N T I N U E D

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22nd Annual

You’ve got it “Made in the Shade” as you dance the night away with your dad, stepdad, grandpa, uncle or special man in your life and enjoy lots of food & fun. Dress your best or dress in 50s outfits. Leather jackets, poodle skirts & bobby socks are encouraged! Don’t forget your camera! See you there! Age: Daughters 4 and up Resident Fee: $42/per couple (dad & one daughter) Non-Resident Fee: $53 (dad & one daughter) Additional daughter: $12 each Date: Friday, March 3rd Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Location: 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at pbgfl.com/recreation or at any Recreation Service Desk.

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Signature City Winter 2017