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contents December 2013 Volume 10, Issue 12

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Broadway meets Boca in the newly renovated Wick Theatre & Costume Museum


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Up Front




PUBLISHER’S NOTE Don’t Give Up the Magic

When & Where BOCA/DELRAY LIFE MAGAZINE is published monthly by Life Media, 3511 West Commercial Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. 954.377.9470 fax: 9954.617.9110 e-mail: & is DIRECT-mailed into EVERY residence in 57 prestigious communities in the cities of Boca Raton & Delray Beach (list available upon request), hand delivered to hundreds of businesses in ea. city. Plus an add’l 7,000 magazines are bulk-dropped to high traffic locations incl. restaurants, banks, professional offices, car dealers, markets & over 350 advertisers in the “Life” family of advertisers of Parkland Life, Coconut Creek Life & now BocaDelray Life. Copyright 2013 Life Media BOCA/DELRAY LIFE MAGAZINE. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit submissions & reject any material deemed unsuitable for publication.



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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The Most Comprehensive Chronological Listing of Happenings In & Around Town



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AROUND TOWN Sales events, new stores & more

NUTRITION NEWS Helathy Holiday Tips


LIFETIMES Local News & Happy Stuff!!

ASK THE DOCTOR What to do about the Winter Blues


ENTERTAINMENT Snow Ball: The Wick’s production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”

ARE WE THERE YET? A hands-on adventure at the Young at Art Museum


SCHOOL LIFE The ABCs on Local Schools


SPORTING LIFE News from the Local Sports Scene


TENNIS TIPS Three Killer Volleys that Win Points


RESTAURANT REVIEW Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant


DINING GUIDE Bistros, Bars & Eateries


THE GOODS Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide


PETS Handle with Care: Adopt a New Best Friend


EVENTS New Year’s Eve Guide



FASHION Trendy Truck’s Haute Wheels

BEAUTY NEWS Quick fix options for the Holiday Rush


MIND MATTERS Wholehearted Partying


LIFE SAVINGS Local Pros Offer Sage Advice on Your $$$


STILL LIFE SAY CHEESE! Who went Where and did What


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By Sally Nicholas

Don’t Give Up

The Magic F

...I treasure this time of year because it’s about memory making.

or me Christmas has that timeless magic that has stayed with me through childhood into adulthood. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. Yes, I know Father Christmas isn’t real (right?) and I know that yes, the holidays have become too commercialized. But I treasure this time of year because it’s about memory making. It’s about being given the OK to take the time to spend with friends and families, to join together and participate in the holidays. There is a sense of excitement in the air and all of life’s troubles are put on pause (at least for some of us). Some of my best childhood memories are of the great Christmases I spent with my parents. Like the dog being fed Christmas dinner outside the kitchen one year and literally throwing the Brussels sprouts over his shoulder and hitting the windows – fussy mutt! Or my brother blowing himself up in the garage using the chemistry set he got as a present one year. Or being woken up at four in the morning by my brother yelling “He’s been, he’s been” – meaning Santa – and my mum practically crying because she knows “he’s been,” since she put the stockings on our beds just half an hour before we woke up and found them!  I remember the time my parents were still hanging wallpaper and laying down carpet at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve (we’d just bought a new house), but by midnight you betcha that tree was up and decorated. I remember the time my dad ate so much Christmas dinner that, as he lay on the couch afterwards, his pants button burst off and shot into the air (my mum is an amazing cook and had made an un-missable Christmas dinner!!) I remember the anticipation while my mother forced toast with honey down our necks (she insisted we eat breakfast before we tore into the presents) and the worst cases of


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“ants in your pants” waiting to be allowed in the living room to get to those presents under the tree. Apart from one year when we totally ruined it for ourselves by looking for the presents – we’d found the treasure trove under my parents bed, including the ONE game we had been praying for: Monopoly. Fantastic we thought! Couldn’t wait for Christmas to come. Yeah. So there we were opening presents Christmas morning and it gets to a gift that looks like the right shape and size as the Monopoly game and my brother yells out “That’s the Monopoly set.” My parents looked so crestfallen.  So what’s the point of the above ramble? It’s about creating memories that last a lifetime. Whatever you celebrate and how you choose to celebrate it. It’s about making magical moments that involve loved ones and friends. And, it’s about being in the moment because living in the moment is essential to creating the magic. Nothing magical is forced. So whatever your definition of magic is I hope you and your loved ones get to experience it this coming month. My memories of the holidays make me smile. Here’s to yours doing the same. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Life Publications. 

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Derma Partners Cosmetic Event

Dr. Shari Topper and Dr. Jodi Fiedler of Derm Partners, will be hosting a cosmetic event on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at their office located at 9970 Central Park Blvd., Suite 102 in Boca Raton. Patients will be offered discounts on various fillers such as Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvéderm, Restylane, Botox and Dysport. Discounts include: 10% off Botox and Dysport, 10% off the first syringe of all fillers and 20% off the second syringe of all fillers. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Derm Partners at 561.883.5640.

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Boca Fine Art Show

Jan. 25 & 26, 2014, is the 5th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show; an explosion of crafts and fine arts located in downtown Boca Raton. This yearly event draws in artists from worldrenowned masters to favorite local talent who work in a variety of mediums including paint, wood, clay, glass, fiber, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more (all artwork will be for sale at this event). Admission is free and the fair is open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Among the many events and booths, is the JM Lexus booth where kids will get a chance to paint a Lexus. The real treat is the show’s commitment to education and aspiring young artists. The Budding Young Artist Art Competition is a program to encourage kids to use their creativity and imagination with public displays used as motivation. The competition is open to kids ages 9-19 (or grades 6 – 12) who can enter an original and unaided piece. Each entry is $3 with a maximum of two entries per person. Contestants will have their artwork displayed at the art show and will have a chance to win a cash prize as well! Winners will also have their photos taken and posted on the art show website. For contest applications or more information about the art show, visit

Bright Lights & Family Fun!

Delray Tree Lighting & More It’s that time of the year again for the City of Delray Beach as we all ring in the holiday season. The giant menorah at the Center for the Arts kicked off the festivities on Nov. 27, with the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree on Dec. 5. This year, with a partnership with both Delray Beach GreenMarket and Delray Beach Center for the Arts, the City introduced the new Family Fun Days. Among the many festivities to be held are the annual favorites: Breakfast with Santa and the Delray Beach Holiday Parade on Dec. 14. The season will close with the First Night Celebration, an alcohol-free New Year’s celebration for the family. For more details on all the events go to or

Home & Hearth for Heath Family

Palm Beach County’s Habitat for Humanity

This last Nov. 4 marked the date of the dedication of the 105th Habitat for Humanity home in Palm Beach County. Sponsored by Sklar Furnishings and built for Erica Heath and her family, this was the eighth home to be completed as part of an initiative of the Ocean Breeze West development. The initiative is to build affordable housing for families in need and willing to work with Habitat for Humanity to purchase their home on their own. Sklar Furnishings donated merchandise to furnish the new home. On hand at the dedication was Diane Hileman, president of the Habitat’s Board; Ron and Pat Howard, principals of Sklar Furnishings; and many of the volunteers that built the new Heath homestead.

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Broken Sound Club Spa & Fitness Fitness Institute International (FII) presented the 2013 “Outstanding Fitness Facility of the Year” Award to Broken Sound Club Spa & Fitness Center. The award is presented each year to fitness facilities that are dedicated to setting a high standard of service and a commitment to the safety and well-being of their members, while providing the most effective fitness instruction. BSC Spa & Fitness was also recognized for its unique concern for members with health screenings and availability of medical services.

An Apple A Day...

Healthy Eating Habits for Kids October was both National Apple Month and Farm to School Month. Delray Beach’s own Trinity Lutheran School celebrated both in Kathy Wilsher’s first grade class with cooking demonstrations, from scratch snack recipes, and local farmer presentations. Farm to School Month is a grassroots movement to promote healthier eating habits as well as making connections between schools and local farmers. The Florida Farm Bureau Federation led the cooking demo by creating a healthy parfait from yogurt, fruits and oats; and also a spring salad topped with sweet peppers from local Pero Family Farms. Target stores also presented a snack-making demo that incorporated apples and other locally grown fruits and vegetables.



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Habitat for Humanity Receives Builder Grant

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, through its Neighborhood Builder program, recognizes non-profit organizations that make a significant impact in the areas of housing, employment and hunger relief. The Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County (HFHSPBC) has been recently recognized for its Ocean Breeze West project, and they have been awarded a $200,000 builder grant by the foundation. “This award will allow us to continue our mission to build stronger, safer neighborhoods,” says Michael Campbell, HFHSPBC executive director.


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Hard work and months of fundraising finally paid off as Place of Hope at the Haven Campus officially broke ground back on Oct. 22, with Sen. Joseph Abruzo, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, and Mayor Steven L. Abrams helping to shovel dirt. Amongst the festivities was a familystyle BBQ, tours of Palm Beach County Fire & Rescue fire trucks, and gifts literally falling from the sky from a helicopter for guests of the ceremony. Place of Hope is a faith-based and state-licensed child welfare organization established to provide help and hope to children and families severely affected by abuse and neglect. Their programs include family-style foster care (emergency and long-term), family outreach, maternity care, transitional housing, support services and more. For more information on The Haven Campus and all their programs, visit or call 561.483.0962. BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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A Night of Fantasy

Jewish Family Service Annual Gala A magical evening is planned on Dec. 12 for the Jewish Family Service (JFS) Annual Gala and Auction with cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing. Auction highlights include luxury items such as jewelry, fashion, and travel packages. The “Ruth and Norman Rales Humanitarian of the Year Award” will be presented to Michele and Larry Blair. Also, the “Corporate Leadership Award” is to be given to Craig Donoff, P.A. And let’s not forget that the gala and auction is a major fundraiser that Larry and Michele Blair helps provide to the JFS community in the form of services, counseling, food, financial assistance and many volunteer activities. The event will be held at the St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m. For more info, visit or call 561.852.5013.

March of the Toy Soldiers!

U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Collection The holiday season is upon us yet again and it is a time of giving. Show your support for the U.S. Marine Corps. and your community by bringing new, unwrapped toys to Delray Marketplace. From now until Dec. 15, you can drop your donation at participating retailers and restaurants. Any donations delivered to Neil’s Corner Spot and Apricot Lane Boutique will be matched to make an even bigger difference. Other drop-off points include Bella Amici Pizzeria, Francesca’s Collections, Frank Theaters IMAX Cinebowl & Grille, GNC, Hair Studio Artists, JoS A. Bank, Republic of Couture, Shula Burger, Ted Todd Insurance, The Children’s Place, The Grind Coffee Café, The Olive Tap, White House | Black Market, and Xend Barre.

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Delray Beach Public Library’s Centennial Anniversary During the 74th annual meeting of the Delray Beach Public Library on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. , they will be celebrating 100 years in Delray. Special guest speaker Harvey L. Brown, Delray Beach native and former president and board member of the library, will be present. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will also include a state-of-the-library discussion, nominations and re-elections of board members, and a talk about upcoming events including “Laugh with the Library, Chapter 8,” a comedy night fundraiser on Jan. 31, at the Delray Beach Marriot.

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Based on the beloved 1954 film, this holiday favorite is as fresh as new fallen snow. Featuring the songs Happy Holidays, Count Your Blessings, Sisters, I Love a Piano, and of course, White Christmas, there is no better way to spend the holidays than with this song and dance extravaganza. Dec. 1 – Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum $58

Y100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is the season’s biggest annual music event hosted by on-air personalities, Mack, Nina and Nick of the “Mack with Nina & Nick” show. Their all-star performers include Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Austin Mahone, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Armin Van Buuren, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony. Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. BB&T Center $60.25 - $270.25

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

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Boca Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker The Boca Ballet Theatre continues to captivate its audiences with it’s beloved version of this holiday classic. Clara’s dream unfolds as the Nutcracker Prince, Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy all come to life in the sparkle of co-artistic director, Dan Guin’s imaginative vision. Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater $25 - $35


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BB&T Center 1 Panther Pkwy. , Sunrise 954-835-7000 or Broward Center for the Performing Arts 100 S. Andrews Ave. , Fort Lauderdale 954-357-7444 or Broward Stage Door Theatre 8036 W. Sample Rd. , Coral Springs 954-344-7765 or Coral Springs Center for the Arts 2855 Coral Springs Dr. , Coral Springs 954-344-5990 or Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton 561-852-6905 or Parker Playhouse 707 NE 8th St. , Fort Lauderdale 954-357-7444 or Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 5550 NW 40th St. , Coconut Creek 954-977-6700 or Sunrise Civic Center 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. , Sunrise 954-747-4646 or The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum 7901 N. Federal Hwy. , Boca Raton 561-995-2333 or


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SOA’s holiday concerto. Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Bailey Concert Hall $10 - $35

Religious satire musical by South Park creators. Dec. 1 – Dec. 22 at various times Broward Center for the Performing Arts $70 - $155




Hilarious holiday office party murder mystery dinner theater show. Dec. 1 – Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts $59 (plus 2 drink minimum) p LAFFING MATTERZ: WITH A VENGEANCE


Dinner theater with all new satirical songs, skits and pop culture references. Dec. 1 - March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts $63 - $69, New Year’s Eve $125

Russia’s Nureyev State Ballet Theatre performs Cinderella. Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. Parker Playhouse $33.50 - $65.50



A musical comedy based on the 1980 hit movie. Dec. 13 – Jan. 19 at various times Broward Stage Door Theatre $38 p THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO

A musical about the biggest social event of the season in Christmas of 1939—Ballyhoo. Dec. 15 – Dec. 31 at various times Broward Stage Door Theatre $38 p THE NUTCRACKER

Popular holiday ballet about a young girl and prince-shaped nutcracker. Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts $28.62 p THE NUTCRACKER

Popular holiday ballet performed by the Russian Ballet of Orlando. Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center $10 - $18 p THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER

Ashanti Cultural Arts adaptation of the “Nutcracker.” Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts $15


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Chris Mann, from the NBC TV show “The Voice,” in holiday concert. Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts $40.28 p DONNY & MARIE CHRISTMAS

IN SOUTH FLORIDA Donny & Marie perform holiday songs in their special Christmas tour. Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. BB&T Center $45.75 - $121.25 p A CHORUS OF SEASON GREETINGS

Symphony of the Americas holiday concert. Dec. 8-10 at various times Broward Center for the Performing Arts $60 - $80 p THE 4TH ANNUAL AT&T

YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE South Florida young singers perform the best of Broadway. Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Aventura Arts & Culture Center $26.50 - $51.50 p BROWARD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

BSO’s holiday concerto. Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Bailey Concert Hall $5 - $10

SHELLY BERG TRIO Gold Coast Jazz Society concert. Dec. 11 at 7:45 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts $40 p MICHAEL AMANTE

The People’s Tenor in concert. Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts $40 - $50 p SALUTE TO VIENNA

New Year’s concert by The Strauss Symphony of America. Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Coral Springs Center for the Arts $48.76 - $71.02


Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories turned musical caper. Dec. 6 & 7 at various times Broward Center for the Performing Arts $7 (Grades K – 2) p BRAZILIAN VOICES

Explore Brazilian culture through live performances. Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts $7 (Grades 2 – 8) p SWEET DREAMS 2013

7th annual fair with special hosts Celebrity Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Gale Gand. Dec. 13 & 14 at 6 p.m. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek $15 p A MOUSE’S HOLIDAY

Kid-friendly holiday musical by Curtain Call Playhouse. Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center $7 ●


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w o n S The Wick’s Production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Showcases a New Theater While Taking You Back to Another Era

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alf the fun of seeing the Wick Theatre’s production of the Irving Berlin classic White Christmas is seeing the theater itself. In its own way, the theater’s comeback has the same “Hey kids, let’s put on a show” optimism as the show itself, which is about a troupe of actors, singers and dancers who come to the aid of an old friend to save his inn from going under. In the case of the Wick Theatre, it’s another act of defying the odds, restoring the old Caldwell Theatre that filed for bankruptcy last year. The Wick clan, headed up by Marilynn Wick, acquired and restored the theater, uniting it with their extraordinary Costume World collection of Broadway costumes. The newly restored theater is a delight, with James Cichewicz an Impressionist-painted luncheon room, and a red-carpeted lounge with couches, chandeliers and grand piano. The plot focuses on a couple of WWII buddies who, Because of the play’s theme and the time having become a famous song and dance act, accidentally of year, the theater is dressed in holiday run into their old general. Unfortunately he’s about to attire, with flocked Christmas trees and lose his inn in Vermont, thanks to a dead season with enough ribbons and bows to dress up the no snow (shades of Global Warming!). Naturally, the main lounge like a Christmas present. two pals scheme to save him, and when they run into a Having just reopened, its enthusiastic comely sister act, romance ensues. audiences are proving that theater in South The actors crew do a fine, professional job, especially Florida is not on the retreat. the foursome who play the two song-and-dance men and White Christmas, the theater’s second the two sisters. James Cichewicz, who plays the lead role musical in its opening season, is based of Bob Wallace, is exceptional. His stage presence alone on the beloved 1954 Bing Crosby-Danny carries the musical and makes you feel like you’re on the Kaye movie. The film, along with a 2008 Great White Way. Missy McArdle, playing inn manager Broadway production, Martha Watson, brings down the house with lungs like featured a collection Ethel Merman. of memorable Irving For novices to the world of song and dance, this is not Berlin songs, including your ordinary musical, not like Oliver or Oklahoma. This Blue Skies and one of the is a real dance-up-a-storm kind of musical, more Busby most popular holiday Berkeley than Stephen Sondheim. Get ready to take a songs of all time, White time machine: Although set in the 1950s, it feels more Christmas (as in, “I’m like the 1920s. dreaming of a…”). So if you want some innocent, old-fashioned fun for the holidays, White Christmas is good choice. If whatever comes next at the Wick is executed half as well, the new theater has a long future ahead of itself. ●


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By Richard Shellene


Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant A Taste of Old (& New) Madrid

T Ceviche 116 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach 561.894.8599 Tues.-Fri. 4 p.m. – Midnight Sat. 5 p.m. – Midnight Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

he scene is a bricked and tiled patio full of patrons; everyone is eating, drinking and talking at candle-lit tables, reminiscent of restaurants that line the streets and plazas of Spain. The interior has the same ambience of Madrid at night: Tiled floors and dark woods with deep burnt orange lighting. Waiters dressed in all black move through the rooms and past a nearly full bar, even during weeknights. Ceviche Tapas is a chain of restaurants (currently five spread out across Florida) that specialize in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re not familiar with tapas, it is a style of dining on small samplings of Spanish cuisine. Originally it was a way to cover a patron’s drink with a small plate of snacks; others say it was a way to serve salty foods and so


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increase a patron’s thirst. Today, it has been elevated so that the tapas themselves are as important as the drink. “Chef Escobar created the original menu for Ceviche,” our waiter Greg shared with us, “and even though he isn’t as active in the kitchen anymore, he still oversees any new menu items personally.” Greg made a few suggestions as he set a cutting board in front of us with a fresh mini-loaf of bread and cup of “ajillo,” a mix of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley and Spanish sherry. We started with Greg’s recommendation of Ceviche de Atun. A silver martini-like chalice arrived, filled with sushi-grade tuna sliced and marinated in lime, garlic, onion and cilantro, and topped with caviar. The tuna melted on my tongue, with distinct flavors that soon mixed into a medley of BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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t complimentary tastes. I think at one point my eyes rolled back like a shark feasting on fish. The Tabla Mixta arrived next, a cutting board of meats and cheeses with slices of apple on the side. It is a mini-feast of Serrano ham, blood sausage and spicy chorizo slices opposite several cheeses, including soft Cabrales wedges and Manchego slices. Of particular note was the homemade Pâté de Higado de Pollo – chicken liver and Madeira wine made into a mousse on top of a costini. Afterwards we enjoyed the fruity sangria with a side of Papas Fritas – thin slices of potato that crinkled in waves from baking, light yet crisp with the right amount of salt and a dash of cilantro, served with a side of blue cheese. So good I took an order home to enjoy the next day (and they were still crisp!). BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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Then came the main attractions for the evening: Cangrejos de la Casa (crab cakes), Churrasco al Cabrales and Salmon a la Gaditana. “The crab cakes are a recipe Chef Escobar made on a regular basis while working in Maryland,” Greg told us. “They were so popular he would make a hundred once a week to be sent to the Waldorf Astoria in New York.” The Cangrejos de la Casa is a baked dish of jumbo lump and backfin blue crab served on a thick slice of tomato in a shallow sea of saffron sherry sauce. The Salmon a la Gaditana was also pleasing. The lightly grilled Norwegian salmon was served on a “compote” of white leeks in the chef’s saffron sherry sauce – the fish flaked apart with the touch of a fork. The Churassco al Cabrales, a New York strip medallion, was served on a “compote” of

white leeks and shiitake mushrooms with a white Cabrales sauce and a dark sherry sauce. Both sauces brought out the rich flavor of the tender beef. Among the myriad of restaurants that line the Avenue, Ceviche is a stand out with a vast selection of dishes that don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. The lively atmosphere of both outdoor and indoor seating is alluring, enhanced by live Flamenco music on Friday and Saturday nights. And the inimitable intoxicants of cocktails, beer, wine and housemade sangrias are a must try. Ceviche definitely fulfills the three requirements that all restaurants should have: Good food, fun mood, and fine spirits. ●


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diningguide Dining well is one of “LIFE’s” great pleasures. On the following pages, we hope you’ll make some fabulous discoveries you might not have known about, or revisit some old favorites. Eat, drink, make merry and make each day a day to celebrate! See full menus and reviews at: ● DEER CREEK GRILLE 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deer�ield Beach. 954.421.5553 Located in the main clubhouse, the Grille serves creative cuisine, pub food and offers a full bar which is open to the public 365 days a year. Daily promotions and menu specials including an amazing Sunday Brunch, inexpensive yet lovely lunch buffet, are just some of the great values you will find here. Deer Creek Grille maintains friendly and attentive service and food that is consistently great. The chefs created a menu that is fresh and covers all palates and preferences. Although the food definitely speaks for itself, it would not be complete without its breathtaking waterfall patio, lush landscaping, and exotic gardens. The Grille Room is also a perfect place to host a private party or golf reception. Special menus and arrangements are customized to meet all of your event needs. ● FALAFEL BISTRO & WINE BAR 5677 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs 954.346.3434

Open Mon.–Thurs. from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – closing and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar is the place for Mediterranean health-conscious cuisine. The restaurant is a mixture of Mediterranean flavors featuring vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes as well as fresh grilled Shawarma, Jerusalem mix, fish dinners and more. Happy Hour is everyday from 5–7 p.m. with all beer and wine 50% off. ● JAPANGO BocaRaton Regency Court, 3011 Yamato Rd. A-14, (561.999.1263); Parkland 7367 St. Rd. 7, (954.345.4268); Delray Beach 9025 W Atlantic Ave., (561.638.9996) Mon.–Thurs. from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; 10:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Kevin Lee, owner and executive chef of Japango, is in his 22nd year in the culinary arts field specializing in Sushi and Asian cuisine. Japango now offers more vegan sushi items and a complete Chinese food menu at the Parkland location (takeout only). ● PAD THAI 5458 W Sample Rd., Margate 954.977.8980 Mon.-Sat. from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Pad Thai serves only authentic Thai cuisine. Their signature namesake dish, Pad Thai, is their most popular, but they also offer excellent Thai Red Curry, Fresh Hot Basil (spicy) and Pad Prik Khing (Thai Chili


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paste sautéed with fresh green beans, onion, carrots and bell pepper). Lunch specials starting at $7.95 and early bird dinner specials for $8.95 includes soup or salad, hot tea and dessert. ● PETE’S CAFÉ BELLA SERA AND STEAKHOUSE 7351 N State Rd. 7, Parkland 954.346.7373 Mon.-Thurs. from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. from 5 p.m.-Close Pete’s Café Bella Sera and Steakhouse is a genuine Prime-only Steakhouse and Italian Restaurant all rolled into one great dining experience. Popular dishes include Giant Stuffed Artichokes, Big Ass Shrimp Oreganata, and Pete’s unmistakably Famous Meatballs. Happy Hour is Mon.–Fri. from 5–7:30 p.m. & Saturdays from 5–7 p.m. with 2-for-1 premium well, house wines and beer. ● ROSEDALE BRICK OVEN 2049 N. University Drive Coral Springs 954.752.3556 / www.rosedale Open daily 11:30 am to 9 pm, till 10 pm Fri & Sat. Owners Joe Arato and Joe Gonnelly, who just so happened to be New Yorkers, have managed to bring the flavors of old New York and Italy, right here to the neighborhood! From the wide variety of wood-fired, crisp, thin crusted pizzas to delectable entrees, such as chicken and eggplant parmigiana, Calamari Fritti and Alla Vodka served with penne; this Italian restaurant surely will not disappoint even the most discriminating palate. The ambience is cozy and warm and the wait staff

cannot do enough to give you a most pleasurable dining experience. ● RUNYON’S 9810 West Sample Rd., Coral Springs. 954.752.2333 Zagat Rated #1 Continental Restaurant in Broward County, Runyon’s has developed a reputation for terrific service and outstanding cuisine. It has the feeling of a down home neighborhood restaurant with a chic, understated “big city” vibe. Fresh fish, giant shrimp cocktails, spectacular filet mignon, the finest mouthwatering signature prime rib, along with Giant Alaskan King Crab, are just examples of their outstanding menu selections. Lunch is available Monday through Friday, dinner seven days a week. All major credit cards accepted. ● TAVOLINO DELLA NONNA 10181 W Sample Rd., Coral Springs 954.509.0046 Tues.-Thrus. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. until 12 a.m. and Sun. from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Owners Edward Pozzuoli and Thomas Genduso serve a unique blend of Nouvelle cuisine and traditional homestyle Italian cooking. Pastas, veal, fish and chicken can be ordered alongside weekly specials such as stuffed pork chops, Seafood Risotto or Black Grouper with tropical salsa. Homemade desserts include the Chocolate Volcano, Tower of Cannoli, Nana Rose’s award-winning Ricotta Cheesecake and signature Amaretto cookies. ●


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2 bedroom beach house at Parrot Cay


Paradise A Taste of

By: Lori Kenner


here can you find the most beautiful beaches? And the friendliest people? And delicious cuisine? And all in under 2 hours? Just look a little south of the Bahamas: The Turks and Caicos Islands.

Lori Kenner is a 25 year veteran in the travel industry. She is the owner of Woodmont Travel located at Boca Express Travel, 8177 Glades Road, Suite 14, Boca Raton, and can be reached by calling 561.451.1778 or via e-mail at lori@

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Crown Colony consisting of approximately forty islands and cays. Turks and Caicos is considered by most to be a Caribbean destination, but did you know the islands are actually located in the Atlantic? Turks and Caicos have two main tourist islands. The most well-known is Providenciales (Provo) which is home to a wide variety of resorts. The other island is Grand Turk, which is the capital island, where many visitors arrive on a cruise ship thanks to the new state-of-the-art cruise ship center. The center has a 3,000-foot pier, spans 14 acres and houses a recreational center, swimming pool and 1,000 acres of beachfront property with cabanas, shops and the world’s largest Margaritaville. Having just returned from the islands after a 25-year stretch since my last visit, I truly experienced a taste of Paradise. On the 38-mile island of “Provo,” whose most popular beach spans 12 miles and is called Grace Bay, is where most of the tourist attractions and shopping on the island are located. You


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can visit the Princess Alexandra Marine Park or the world’s first Conch Farm. But the main attraction on all of the islands remains the amazing water sports including sailing, snorkeling, diving and deep-sea fishing. Provo is home to some amazing resorts. Club Med, a pioneer on Grace Bay, has been in operation since 1984. It is a very casual, adult-only resort. The only other all-inclusive resort on the island is quite a drastic difference. Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa is more than an all-inclusive—it’s luxury-included! They cater to all ages, run an amazing kids program and the resort consists of four villages with something to offer for everyone. There are also several 5-star resorts on Provo, including Point Grace, Seven Stars Resort, Amanyara, the Grace Bay Club and the Regent Palm. We stayed at the Regent Palm. The resort is absolutely beautiful. When we arrived, we were greeted by staff on their open-air portico, signature cucumber BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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Stay 4, Pay for 3 between April 25 2014-Oct 31 2014 *Extra bonus one category upgrade subject to availability upon arrival and a welcome bottle of Rum Punch Ladies Mediterranean Cruise Join Lori Kenner, as we sail Italy and the Greek Islands roundtrip from Rome on the Celebrity Reflection May 23-June 2, 2014 > Balcony staterooms starting at $1549 per person* > *plus $83.13 gov’t tax | Airfare not included > 2 night Rome pre-cruise extension available

Parrot Cay main pool

drink in hand. The interior courtyard has a palatial fountain, manicured gardens and boutiques and shops all around the perimeter. There is an exquisite infinity pool with a swim-up bar connected on the opposite side along with the Plunge restaurant. Dozens of day beds surround the pool. The hotel is home to the finest spa on Provo with 25,000 feet of pampering. The treatment rooms are cabanas lined up along a serene lap pool. From Grace Bay we continued our journey in Paradise with a trip to Parrot Cay. A 10-minute taxi ride brought us to the private welcome pavilion and boat launch for Parrot Cay. We were greeted by friendly staff and offered a complimentary welcome drink. The boat takes 30 minutes to the private island of Parrot Cay, home to the Parrot Cay Resort by COMO. This secluded island spanning 1,000 acres and only golf carts for transportation. There are 72 rooms, suites and villas—from lovely appointed spacious king rooms with four-poster beds, verandahs and sun decks, to two bedroom beach villas and even large estate private homes for rent. The rooms are near the Great House, which boasts the Terrace Restaurant, gift shop, library and game room. BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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We enjoyed breakfast at The Terrace Restaurant, sampling from the vast displays of fresh fruit, cereals, juices, pastries as well as meats and cheeses. The resort has another restaurant by the pool called the Lotus, which is open for lunch and dinner. Both restaurants offer Parrot Cay’s signature Shambala Cuisine menu, which maximizes energy and wellbeing by using organic and delicious ingredients. The accommodations on the island are second to none. The beach cottages are set back by a bluff with each unit consisting of two units. Each unit has one bedroom with living room, dining area, two bathrooms and fabulous private screened-in patios, huge wooden decks with private plunge pools. You’ll be surprised to find that you can rent the homes of stars who own property here, such as Christie Brinkley, Bruce Wills and Donna Karan. After walking the magnificent, unspoiled beach, you can make your way down to The Shambala Spa, one of the most gorgeous spas in the Caribbean. The resort is very health oriented, with a very Zen-like feel everywhere. There are daily complimentary Pilates and Yoga classes and watersports. Parrot Cay isn’t for everyone. It is for everyone who wants to escape, enjoy a quiet sanctuary and gourmet food, amazing accommodations and overall one of the finest resorts in the world.Turks and Caicos IslandsExperience Parrot Cay ● WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 31

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thegoods Need to find some last minute gifts for that special person on your list? Whether you’re looking for that big-ticket wow item or just want some cool stocking stuffers, we’ve got what you need in our Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide. "Pamper yourself with the ultimate in luxury lounging from Patio Furniture Direct. The Milano transforms from cozy seating for 5, to an ultra lux lounger that will satisfy any mood with out emptying your pockets. ($899) 2300 W. Copans. Rd. Ste. 4, Pompano.

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One tequila, two tequila . . . six tequila, score! This holiday season, give the hostess with the mostess this fun Six Tequila Shot Set ($89). Available at Dandelion, 4675 N. University Dr., Coral Springs.

This beautiful Sky Dress ($259) is the perfect outfit for a formal event or a wedding. It accentuates your natural curves, while its elegant colors and gold accents make you shimmer in the night. Get this and the latest fashion trends and accessories at To Di For in the Shoppes of Parkland, 7151 N. State Rd 7, 954-3465595. Open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Reindeer Sleigh Ride Bouquet.TM Fruit bouquet featuring reindeer-shaped pineapple dipped in chocolate, arranged in a ceramic sleigh keepsake. $75 - $95. Order from Edible Arrangements, 2802 N University Dr., Coral Springs, Fl 33065; 954-755-2400;


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Beautiful silk ball gown. Perfect for mother of the bride. Infinity... A ladies fashion boutique. Visit Infinity... for elegant evening gowns, special occasion dresses, contemporary style clothing and casual sportswear. Celebrating 37 years in business! Infinity... Boutique, 16850 Jog Road, Suite 103-104, Delray Beach, Florida 33446; 561.865.2779 BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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Boca Raton Fine Art Show

January 25 & 26, 2014

Gail Markiewicz, Clay

Juried Fine Art & Craft Show

Downtown Boca Raton, on Federal Hwy at Palmetto Park Rd Federal Highway/US-1 will be closed on Friday, January 24, 1:00pm until Sunday, January 26, 10:00pm, between N.E. 2nd St to Palmetto Park Road Plenty of patron parking at various metered street spots, 1st United Bank, HSBC Bank, First United Methodist Church, or St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church

Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26 from 10am-5pm daily. Free admission. Budding Artists Art Competition for grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 is an affiliate of the Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit organization More Info: or 941-755-3088


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On Brenda: Gypsy Junkies Brown Acid Wash Mimi


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On Sydney: Knot Sisters Walker Jacket, & Gia Leopard Dress


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Haute Wheels

trendy truck

By Denise Stirk | Photography by Matt Lagrotte

For a mother and daughter fashion team, being mobile means bringing the latest styles to the customer in the most convenient and fun way possible


renda and Sydney Edwards, a stylish mother/ daughter duo, are hitting the road. Literally. The pair joined their passion and background in fashion to open up Trendy Truck – a one of a kind, full service boutique on wheels. The Florida natives wanted the freedom of being able to take their store to where ever the action was, and that is exactly what they do. While Sydney lives in Fort Lauderdale and Brenda lives in Coral Springs (where the truck sleeps in a warehouse), they will (and do) cruise to just about anywhere beckoned in South Florida. They drive to homes for sip-and-shop parties, and for business-tobusiness events. Some companies use them for employee lunch hour perks, in which employers buy gift cards for the truck – which then pops up for staff shopping. They also do fundraisers where a percentage of sales is donated to charities. A few places where the truck has recently shown up: Betti Stradling Park in Coral Springs; Downtown Open Market in Boca; and Fat Village Flagler Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale. Their motto: “Have truck, will travel!” When we met, the ladies were dressed to impress, but the real star of the show was the truck. On the outside it’s a baby blue 1974 Chevy Step Van (a former army fire truck). On the inside it’s a high-end shop complete with dressing room and all the drool-worthy threads and accessories a gal could ever want. I took my eyes off the big rig just long enough to get the inside scoop on South Florida fashion from these wheel ’n deal entrepreneurs. Here’s what the traveling duo have to say about the latest trends they’re peddling.


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Are there any trends you’re obsessed with this season? S: Leather. I am really obsessed. It may get out of control. B: Leather. Growing up in the ’80s I loved leather and still do. I even have vintage leather skirts from then – LOL. Now you can get fun pieces in “vegan leather,” which is affordable for everyone. Oh yes, and animal prints, love them. Which fad will you never give in to? S: The stiletto nails. I know they are really in right now and all the celebrities have them. Sometimes I even think I want them, but I just can’t do it. B: That’s a hard one! I guess I’m going to have to go with the beanie. I just can’t master this look. I’ve tried and each time my husband asks, “What’s up with the hat? Bad hair day?” What’s your favorite item in the truck right now? S: It’s a navy blue, snakeskin patterned slip dress from L.A.based designer Knot Sisters. It is perfect to throw a sweater over (or maybe with some boots if it gets cold enough) and wear for a night out.

B: Grey button sweater from Gypsy Junkies – it’s oversized and really cozy, but just right for Florida Decembers. What is the most worn thing in your closet? S: We recently got in this red sweater with a side zipper from Knot Sisters and I have literally been wearing it with everything. It is perfect over a dress, with leggings, or jean shorts… I have pretty much tried it all. B: No question, the Axel shirt by Gypsy Junkies – perfect with everything! Share your number one fashion tip. S: Don’t dress for anyone else. Wear what makes you happy. B: What ever you wear should make you feel great in it. Confidence is the best fashion accessory. Best way to look cool, even when it’s crazy hot outside? S: Sunglasses! The bigger the better! B: I bought Evian spray water to refresh all day long, along with our M blotting papers. Want the Trendy Truck to pop up for a party or event near you? Visit it online at or call (954) 401-8748 for more information. Denise Stirk is a lifestyle/ fashion writer and owner of, an online shop curated with stylish items for women, men, and the home — every item sold gives back to charity. WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 37

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Broadway meets Boca at the newly renovated Wick Theatre and Costume Museum

By Ivette Figueroa


ike most great ideas, you can trace The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum back to a simple beginning. Years ago the Wick family, Marilynn and her daughters Kim and Kelly, were huddled around a dinning room table in Boca Raton, sewing Santa Claus suits for the holidays. It was the start of a costume rental business, which morphed into a costume museum, which in turn became a theater. continued on next page

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Pinstripe suits from “Titanic” the musical. “Costume World started with five Santa Claus suits on my mom’s dinner table. We rented those suits, then we added Easter Bunnies and Turkeys for Thanksgiving parades, and it just kept growing and growing,” says Kim Wick, Vice President of the company and director of the museum. “The community embraced it and we even ran an ad in the community newspaper.” What started out as a fun hobby soon became a booming enterprise. “My mom was in the industrial cleaning business. It was a lucrative business but in the

“We were actively searching for a space in the Pompano Beach area… We opened our first Costume World in a warehouse off the beaten track on Powerline and Sample,” says Kim. By then the collection had costume pieces from more than 40 different Broadway productions, leading to their first by-appointment museum tour called, naturally enough, “The Broadway Collection.” (See box). “We started to give tours and all of a sudden we had a thriving business,” says Kim.

“My favorite costumes from our extensive collection come from the “My Fair Lady” wardrobe designed by Sir Cecil Beaton.” Kim Wick ’80s it started to slow down and she decided to focus on Costume World,” says Kim. The original rental collection expanded exponentially when the Wicks began acquiring Broadway wardrobes from the producers of the original shows, a collection that today includes pieces from iconic Broadway hits like “42nd Street,” “The Producers,” and “Titanic.” The collection grew so large that the Wicks had to find a warehouse to contain it, a warehouse that became a museum.


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“My favorite costumes from our extensive collection come from the “My Fair Lady” wardrobe designed by Sir Cecil Beaton.” Flash forward to the present when the Wicks, having been in the costume business for nearly 40 years, decided it was only natural to take the leap into theater itself. After all, costumes play a critical role in theater productions – and the museum revenues could help pay the bills. So they purchased the aging Caldwell Theatre continued on next page BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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IF YOU GO: UPCOMING SHOWS: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 11/14 – 12/25 42nd Street 1/9 – 2/10 The Full Monty 2/20 – 3/23 Steel Magnolias 4/3 – 5/4 Ain’t Misbehavin 5/15 – 6/15 SHOWTIMES: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: $58 (includes complimentary valet) MUSEUM PACKAGES: Tour and Luncheon (off season) $38 Tour and Luncheon and Cabaret (off season) $48 Tour and Luncheon (Jan., Feb., March) $48 Tour and Luncheon and Cabaret (Jan., Feb., March) $58 Tour and Luncheon and Matinee Show $88 WHERE: The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, 7901 N Federal Hwy., Boca Raton RESERVATIONS: (561) 995-2333 or


Black and white “My Fair Lady” costumes. My Fair Lady is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.


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A visit to The Broadway Collection is a walk through the history of American Musical Theatre. The Collection, the largest in the world, is presented in a fully interactive environment and houses the finest costumes ever brought to the Broadway stage by the most honored and respected designers. Guided tours give the visitors a remarkable “behind-the-scenes” look at the work of iconic designers such as Sir Cecil Beaton, Irene Sharaff, Theoni Aldredge and William Ivey Long.


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in Boca Raton, which closed it doors last year due to to a place totally unlike the one you live in,” says Kim. financial troubles. “I think that this was an incredible accomplishment, “With theatres closing all over South Florida, it especially in the time allotted… We spent $1 million became apparent that you need multiple revenue sources in five months and put on a Broadway caliber show. to survive. We had a good solid foundation, the museum The challenge of doing this so quickly has been has had tens of thousands of guests through its doors, overwhelming, but the fact that we’ve done it, and seeing but the new venue at the former Caldwell Theatre will how elated the people are, is very rewarding.” offer so much more,” says Kim. “We didn’t want to be One of the biggest challenges for the Wick women just another was tackling an theatre, we wanted industry they to create the knew very well, but entire theatrical from a completely experience.” different angle. That mission “I’ve been doing has now become costumes all my a reality. The old life, so it’s second Caldwell has nature to me,” says been completely Kim. “But watching refurbished and learning – including how things chandeliers, come together silverware and [in a theatrical linens from an production] is auction of the so much fun. famed Tavern It’s something on the Green new. When we restaurant in purchased the Manhattan – and former Caldwell re-christened The Theatre, we didn’t Wick Theatre and know we’d need Costume Museum. a new sound “The folks at system – we didn’t Caldwell did anticipate all the wonderful work hurdles.” on the stage but Unlike its when we started predecessor, The considering the Wick Theatre’s purchase of this opening season building, we didn’t caters to American have to do a whole Musicals from lot of research “The Sound of to know that the Music,” to “Steel The Wicks: Marilynn (center), theatrical experience Magnolias.” The Kimberly (right) and Kelly (left) starts when you walk idea is to put on big through the door,” says Kim. shows to recapture the fancy of a waning audience. Now the experience begins before you even step “It’s tough, but I have a great role model – my mother foot inside, with complimentary valet parking and a is an incredible person,” says Kim. “She’s 70 going on doorman to open the massive double entrance doors. A 50 and full of energy. She is still passionate about what red-carpeted lobby flanked by costumed mannequins she does, passionate about striving to provide the best of various Broadway collections leads to a spacious costumes for her clients. And she is incredibly inspired reception area where a piano and lush cream-colored by this new venture. We all are.” couches invite you to relax. The space opens onto a As for Kim herself, the new theater fits right in luncheon restaurant, a gift shop, the theater auditorium with her life-long love of costumes. “I love sewing, so and the costume museum – which is open to the public that drives my passion for costuming. I’ve designed for tours on an appointment-only basis (see box). numerous costumes for our shows,” says Kim. A perfect “Part of the magic of the theatre is transporting you fit for the family business. ●


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By: Brooke Berger

Pretty in Pink

Boca Raton Resort & Club offers members and guests the opportunity to, yes, ice skate this holiday season.

The Pink Rink is a real ice skating rink with pink ice!


hat says winter more than donning a pair of ice skates and cutting a figure eight in the frozen surface of a rink? Not much besides a nice cup of hot cocoa. Fortunately these experiences, normally denied to those who live in the sunshine state, are now available thanks to clever engineering and a good dose of holiday spirits at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Frozen through Jan. 1, guests and club members alike can enjoy a full-blown ice-skating rink at the Mizner-designed landmark resort. Measuring 85-by-40 feet, the ice rink can comfortably host up to 100 skaters. What’s more, the ice in the rink is pink. “It’s a tribute to the historic resort as a pink landmark in South Florida,” says spokesperson Megan Sterritt. “The Pink Rink is a real ice skating rink with pink ice.” In keeping with the color scheme, a portion


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of the proceeds collected will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The Resort & Club created the winter rink on its croquet lawn just for the season, covered by a tent decorated with whimsical snowflakes and glowing snowmen. Rose air steams from the ice. Surrounding the rink are fabric-covered stands for lacing up skates and resting feet. First time skaters can figure out how to keep their balance using orange “walker” devices. If you find yourself in the stands, that’s where the hot chocolate is – with whipped cream on top. A cozy concession situated behind the stands is fully stocked with warm and cold beverages as well as special drinks for adults, like baileys hot chocolate, along with hot dogs, candy and chips. As effective as the rink might be for luring locals to spend a night at the Resort, it won’t draw many snowbirds. For that, the resort is also marketing its unique surfing school run by Costa del Este Water sports and in partnership with Billabong surf wear. The school offers one-on-one lessons for a personalized teaching experience as well as group lessons. The secret weapon for newbies: motorized surfboards, just in case the waves won’t perform or you need a little gentle rehearsal before taking on a big tsunami. Beach bonfires and a kid-friendly New Years block party are some of the other holiday events to help South Floridians grasp the feeling of the northern winter. But the ice is the thing, including skating demonstrations and ice shows by former figure skating champions Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn. For further information visit www. or call 1-888-495-BOCA. ●


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By Pamela Ofstein. MS, RD, LDN

Healthy Holiday Spirit


Pamela Ofstein, a resident of Parkland’s Whittier Oaks, is a registered and licensed dietitian. As a consultant dietitian, she contributes healthrelated information to different media venues, including magazines, radio, web videos, and television; and to local physicians and associations promoting health and well-being to the public sector. She can be reached at

his is a great time of year – full of holidays, parties, friends, festivities and family! Most of us feel like getting into the holiday spirit but would love for our bodies not to join in on the fun! It is the time of year to kick back a bit and enjoy the season without the feeling of guilt right in our gut…or around our waistline. Holidays can be a challenge when it comes to avoiding those unwanted pounds. The average weight gain between Thanksgiving to New Year’s can average 5 pounds or more. Most of us are probably cringing at the thought, but due to more social gatherings, more delicious rich foods available, limited

consumption of low calorie foods like fruits and vegetables (sorry apple, but often the apple pie wins in this one!), less movement and activity, and more stress – we gain. So is all that work throughout the year out the window? No way! You’ve worked too hard this year making changes for the better – so even though this time can be tempting, you can absolutely enjoy the holiday spirit and keep it healthy. From October to December, keeping your eating habits on track isn’t always top of the list but there are some simple tricks to keep your body maintained and feel good about your choices. This is what it is all about – choices. Some of them might not always be the best ones but if you offset them with good choices here and there, you can make it through the holidays guilt-free.

Healthy Holiday Tips Here are some of healthy tips to keep you feeling good this holiday season:

Eat before you Partttyyy:

Get your Groove on:

Yes, I know if you don’t eat you save some calories. But actually, an empty stomach can increase alcohol effects and cause blood sugar levels to drop, leading to increased hunger so you might find yourself eating more.

Whether you are the life of the party on the dance floor or you walked an extra mile this a.m., the more you move the more calories burned.


Best weight maintenance tip is to increase your activity every time you can. The increase adds up and can offset that extra intake.


Filler-up one time:

Assume your Position:

Use your plate only once. Enjoy the food choices you put on your plate but don’t pile it on. It is all in moderation and if you go back for seconds, that’s when those extra pounds might creep in.

Eat a small snack with a balance of protein, carbs, and fat (i.e. half chicken sandwich; yogurt with nuts & fresh fruit; cheese stick, whole fruit, & some almonds)

Avoid hanging around food areas. Out of sight (food and drinks) can mean out of mind.


Even though the kitchen or counters may be the place to mingle, it is often where all the food is being prepped or placed – hang out in another room or go outside to avoid those extra nibbles.

Keep it Social: The more you talk, the less you eat or drink (even if the conversation is good or bad!).


Your parents always told you never to talk with your mouth full; more talking and meeting others will limit food consumption.


Think of your plate and mentally draw a ‘T’ on it; fill the top part with lean protein food choices, the left space with salad and vegetables and the right space with whole grains. Helps to keep your choices balanced and limit higher calorie foods like sweets, desserts, etc.

Drink, Drink, Drink: Water that is. Water keeps you hydrated and it is free of calories.


As for parties, the more water you drink the less calorie-laden beverages you consume. If you opt for a cocktail (or other party beverage) choose water as your next drink of choice – it helps keep the calories in check and helps with hydration. Best Calorie Picks Overall: Red or white wine, light beer, or single shot hard liquor (with or without diet mixer). This season make it easy to ring in the New Year with continued good health! Keep motivated and focused as the year comes to a close. Happy 2014! ●


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By Dr. Jennifer Lagrotte, DMFT, LMHC, LMFT

The Winter Blues?

Feeling SAD around the holidays and what you can do

Dr. Jennifer Lagrotte lives in Parkland with her husband and two children. She currently has her office in Coral Springs, while also helping through online counseling.

Dear Dr. Jen: I’m not sure what is going on with me. I get so moody, unable to stay awake, want to eat more and have gained weight. The really weird part is that it only happens in fall and winter when it gets dark early. It depressing to go to work in the dark, stay inside all day and then go home in the dark. Once we change the clocks back I start to feel better and I’m able to function normally. What could be going on with me? Yours truly, Am I Depressed?


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Dear Am I Depressed, I want to thank you for taking the time to write to me. I know you might not know the specifics of what is going on with you, but I want to tell you that it is okay and there is a reason. It sounds as if you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD. Anyone can get SAD, but it is more common in women, people between the ages of 15 and 55, people with a family history of SAD, or people who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight in different seasons. Experts are not sure what causes SAD, but most think that it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. A lack of light may upset your sleep-wake cycle, known as your circadian rhythm. It may also cause problems with a brain chemical called serotonin that’s known to affect mood. Doctors often prescribe light therapy to treat SAD. The two most common types of light therapy are: Bright Light Treatment and Dawn Simulation. For Bright Light Treatment, you sit in front of a “light box” for half an hour or longer, typically in the morning. For Dawn simulation, a dim light goes on in the morning while you sleep, and it gets brighter over time, simulating the sunrise. Light therapy works well for most people with SAD and is easy to use. Results with light therapy are often quick where you may begin to feel better within a week or two. But you need to stick with it and use it every day until the season changes. If you don’t, your depression could come back. Another successful way to treat SAD is through regular exercise and counseling to help you learn more about SAD. Being active during the daytime, especially first thing in the morning, may help you have more energy and feel less depressed. Moderate exercise such as walking, riding a stationary bike or swimming is a great way to get started. Please remember that SAD is a form of depression and is not just the “blues.” Talk therapy can be beneficial to understanding your symptoms and provides a way to help yourself the best you that you can be! ●






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community calendar december 43rd Annual Holiday Street Parade

The 43rd Annual Holiday Street Parade for the City of Boca Raton will be held on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Come on out to this fun event with lots of holiday decorations, fun floats, school bands, parties, music— you name it! And, of course, Santa and his reindeers are the stars of the show. Federal Highway SE 8th St., Boca Raton. For more info call 561-393-7807 or visit

37th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

On Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., the 37th Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade will light up the waterways beginning at C-15 Canal with bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park and Red Reef Park. Free boat entry with $10,000 in cash & prizes with many categories in which to win. For more information visit or call 561-393-7807.

Delray Beach Holiday Parade Delray Beach Parks & Recreation and the Festival Management Group present Delray Beach’s annual holiday parade. This year’s theme is “Toyland in Delray.” The parade will start at 6 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue at the Intracoastal Bridge in Downtown Delray Beach, and will continue west to NW 5th Ave., with over 70 parade entries and, of course, Santa himself in attendance. more BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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1 - Chanukah Festival Bring the kids to the 2nd annual family fun festival and holiday shopping bazaar presented by the Kabbalah Centre. Enjoy face painting, rides rock wall, bungee jump and tons of vendors, food and games. $3 Unlimitted rides with a $15 wristband (ages 3-13). Stop by from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. For more information call 561-488-8826 or visit Dec. 1- Jan. 1 – Holiday Carousel Fun for kids and adults alike! Weekdays from 5-9 p.m. and weekends from 1-9 p.m. Rides: $2. Located on the Old School Square grounds between the Crest Theatre and Cornell Museum buildings, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7922 or 5 – Delray’s 100ft Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Downtown Delray Beach on the grounds of Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square hosts their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The outside of the Christmas tree is festively illuminated with over 15,000 LED lights, 39,000 ornaments and topped with an impressive 18-foot golden star that can be seen from miles away! Enjoy music, art, food and fun on East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more info visit 5, 12 & 19 - Russian & Austrian Musical Masters: Stravinsky, Scriabin, Schubert & Mozart Lecture and performance presented by Stephen Seto, Dr. Thomas McKinley and Dr. Roberta Rust, of the faculty at Lynn University, on Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 from 2–3:30 p.m. The cost is $45.00 per person. Participants will be exposed to these music masters’ style, influences and motivations. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more info call 561-266-9490 or visit 6 – Tot Time Children will enjoy crafts, snacks and indoor play stations. Suitable for ages 2-5. Adult supervision is required. Stop by from 10 a.m.-Noon on Dec. 6 at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. Fee: $5 per child. For more information call 561-347-3900 or visit www. 6 – 15 – FAME Performing Arts Academy presents FAME, a play based on the 1980 movie that follows a group of performing arts students as they learn to master their craft and grow up alongside each other. Performances: 12/6 at 7:30 p.m.; 12/8 at 7 p.m.; 12/13 at 7:30 p.m.; 12/14 at 2 p.m. & 12/15 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$35. Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St., Delray Beach. For tickets call 561-450-6357 or visit 6 - 22 – The Lyons The Women’s Theatre Project opens their 10th season with the Southeastern premiere of The Lyons, Nicky Silver’s outrageously funny and stirring play about life, death, and family. The Lyons will run from December 6 through December 22. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets: $25. 561-347-3948. www.


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7 – Grunge & Glamour Paint the streets red, with Calle Rojo, the Arts Garage’s second annual Grunge and Glamour Event. From fire-eaters to body painters, and street musicians to world-class headliners the Latin Flare of South Florida will blaze bright on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.. This fully catered event will feature the finest Latin cuisine, Caribbean Cocktails and non-stop entertainment. Tickets: $75-$350. Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St., Delray Beach. For tickets call 561-450-6357 or visit 8 – Davening Divas in Concert Davening Divas of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh Concert with special appearance by Bagels ‘n Box. Enjoy an evening of eclectic music including Jewish folk songs, original meditative chants, as well as original compositions of Jewish Liturgical Music in English and Hebrew. Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adults - $25, Children - $12, Family Price - $72. For tickets call 561-852-6555 or visit 11, 20, 21 &28 – Jazz Project On Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., experience percussionist Mark Ford in concert. On Dec. 20 & 21 at 8 p.m., witness true musical genius with Dr. Lonnie Smith on the organ keyboard. On Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. catch the Miami Saxophone Quartet in concert. Tickets: $25-$35. Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St., Delray Beach. For tickets call 561-450-6357 or visit 14 – Playground Playdate Each month, the community gathers at Sugar Sand Park by the playground for activities, giveaways and the latest updates about upcoming programs and events. Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-3473900. 19 – Chef Rey – Winter Soups Publix Apron’s Cooking School and Resident Chef Rey De La Osa collaborate to bring you cooking displays and answers to your food questions. Chef Rey is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and a former chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. Join him on Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. to dicuss Winter Soups. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more visit 20 - 22 – Home for the Holidays on Ice A brand new musical skating extravaganza celebrates the holiday spirit and the joy of family. Watch world class professional skaters and variety acts at the Crest Theatre—from an adorable family of dancing penguins to a moving tribute of our American Troops—bring to life the holiday season. 12/20 at 8 p.m.; 12/21 at 2 & 8 p.m. and 12/22 at 2 & 6 p.m. Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. 561-243-7922 or 21 – Piles of Smiles: Sugar Sand’s Snow Day Get on those gloves, hats and sweaters and get ready for a super fun time playing in tons of snow! Plus other “cool” winter activities and craft fair. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. Fee: $10 per child. For more information call 561-347-3948 or visit

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Dec. 23 – Jan. 6– Winter Skate Camp Eight full days of skate camp with instruction on board set-up, safety tips and technique.  Planned activities include skate park field trips, movie outings, bowling and more. Participants must provide own skateboard, helmet and knee/elbow pads. Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31 & Jan. 2, 3, & 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Teen Center & Hobbit Skate Park, 505 SE 5th Ave., Delray Beach. $96 for residents / $104 for non-residents. Info: 561-243-7158.  26 – Disney’s Peter Pan Fantastic adventures await Wendy and her brothers when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land. Rated G. Tickets include movie, popcorn and drink. Thursday, Dec. 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. Fee: $1 per child. For more information visit www. 27 – Make Your Own Gingerbread House For kids ages 4-10. Make your very own gingerbread house out of graham crackers and lots of chewy, gooey and colorful candy to decorate. An adult must accompany children 8 and under. Friday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. $10 for residents / $12.50 for non-residents. For more information visit 28 & 29 – 7th Annual New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival The great craft festival is back for its seventh year on New Year’s weekend. Enjoy unique crafts with more than 100 vendors on Dec. 28 & 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. On 4th Ave. & Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more info visit 30 – The Frog Prince Puppet Show For kids ages 3-7. Presented by Puppets to Go. In this enchanting classic fairy tale, Wanda the Witch casts a spell on the handsome prince, turning him into a frog. To break the spell, he now must be kissed by a beautiful princess. Mondau, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. Adults: $4; Children (12 and under): $2. For more information visit www. 31 – First Night 2014 Delray Beach’s First Night 2014 promises a fun-filled evening for families with


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performances and activities at 21 indoor and outdoor venues located throughout the downtown area on New Year’s Eve. The daylong festival runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts and crafts, games, ice skating, and more. For more info visit www.

ONGOING KIDS & TEENS Ceramic Painting For kids ages 4+. Children will use color creatively on two plaster projects to paint, decorate and take home. Projects will take approximately one hour from arrival time. Starts on Tuesday, December 24 at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ongoing. $10 for residents / $12.50 for non-residents. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. www. Hammock Trails Gumbo Limbo’s free, guided walk on a quarter-mile long boardwalk. Explore this rare remnant of coastal hardwood hammock, and get a glimpse of the past. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boardwalk entrance. Every Tues. from 10-11:30 a.m. and every Wed. from 10 a.m.-Noon. Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, 1801 N Ocean Blvd. A1A, Boca Raton. Kidz Cultural Dance Through Dec. 14, kids ages 4-9 can enjoy an energetic, upbeat class that provides cardio strengthening through music and dance from around the world. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. $78 for residents / $83 for non-residents. At Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St., Delray Beach.

ONGOING ADULTS Capoeira Fitness Cia do Axe’ presents free Capoeira Fitness Classes every Saturday at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. The Brazilian martial arts class begins at 10:30 a.m. Ages 12 and up are welcome! For more information contact Nicole Gasparri at 561-393-7040 or Free Fitness Saturdays Free shape up fitness classes from Yoga and Zumba to Pilates and others every Saturday morning at Sanborn Square and the South Beach Pavilion. Class Times: Yoga – 9 a.m. at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy., Boca Raton; Zumba – 10:30 a.m. at South Beach Pavilion at Palmetto Park

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Rd. and A1A. For more info contact Nicole Gasparri at 561-393-7040 or ngasparri@ Pickleball – Tuesdays, Thrusdays & Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A fun paddle sport using a wiffle ball on a netted court. Beginners welcome. $5 daily; $175 for resident annual pass; $200 for non-resident annual pass. At the Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave., Delray Beach. For more info call 561-2437250. Pottery Classes – Monday-Friday. One-onone beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction on the potter’s wheel. Up to 3 people per 2.5-hour class. Learn how to wedge & center the clay, pull a cylinder, shape clay, add handles, lids & spouts to finish pieces. $40 including materials. 561- 8629222. Cloud House Pottery, Artist Alley, 354 NE 4th St, Delray Beach. The Writer’s Studio Free writers’ workshop at the Delray Beach Public Library. Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration required. Contact Howard Gleichenhaus at 561-638-7251 or the Delray Beach Public Library at 561-266-0194. Located at 100, West Atlantic Ave. Walk and Talk: Women from the Heart Come right from work, kick off your heels, meet other women while strolling and talking around Royal Palm Place. Join Sheree Thomas, South Florida’s Lifestyle fitness coach, and window shop while you walk. All fitness levels are welcome. At Royal Palm Place, 101 Plaza Real S, Boca Raton, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, contact Sheree at 561-251-4164 or

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Sunrise Park Samaritans


Sunrise Park has enjoyed a fabulous fall with a ton of activities to get the year started. The teachers and administration served up ice cream with all the toppings to the students at the annual start of the year Ice Cream Social. Sunrise Park Samaritans, a group of 4th and 5th graders dedicated to serving the community, collected and distributed three bins full of costumes to children who would not otherwise have been able to dress up for Halloween. The PTA’s family events team hosted a sold out Bingo night which is always a great time for the kids.

In October, the school held Red Ribbon Week providing the message “Friends Don’t Let Friends Bully or Take Drugs.” The students celebrated this week by dressing up each day according to a specific theme including – wear red or pink, tie-dye or peace signs. At the end of the week the students received spirit sticks to remember this great event. This year Sunrise Park has implemented several ongoing initiatives to carry throughout the year. One of these is Wellness Wednesday’s. On these days students are encouraged to participate in a wellness activity for example walk, eat and apple or substitute water for an unhealthy drink. The school kicked off its first event with a Walk to School Wednesday where many students were able to meet up with their teachers and walk to school. Spirit sticks have also been introduced to the students this year. These colorful and fun fabric sticks provide a reminder to the students of the fun events that they have participated in or are received as a reward. Many students are already building their collection of sticks for events such as the Ice Cream Social, Box Tops, RISE reward and joining the PTA. The Sunrise Park PTA wants to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and we look forward to more great events after the winter break.●

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thesportinglife By Lisa Oken

It’s December…and that means cooler temps are on the

way, so head outdoors and enjoy a brisk walk or bike ride! Boca/Delray Life works darn hard to provide our area’s most comprehensive listings for all LOCAL sports so you can see what opportunities are out there for you and your kids! However, if you don’t see your group here, just let us know! Or…if you have questions on THESE programs, call the contacts directly or check their websites. And remember, it’s our pleasure to acknowledge your child’s sporting accomplishment, their team or any individual player. So if you have news or pictures, feel free to send them!! Contact us at

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Boca Raton Youth Baseball – A Cal Ripkin/Babe Ruth affiliated league for ages 7–16. Call 561.368.0317 or register online at West Boca Basketball – Register online for our Winter 2014 Season For more info contact Carolyn Kramer @ Or call the hotline 561-482-1136!! West Boca Youth Baseball – WBYB is a Pony baseball league for players ages 4–16. For more info Basketball – Boca Hoops – For ages 7–15. Call 561.395.7372 or visit www. for info. Boca Flag Football & Cheerleading . Visit or call 561.868.2018. Boca Jets Lacrosse – Boys/girls in K–8 play at So. County Park and Patch Reef Park Contact or call 561.368.5892. Hotline: 954.360.4333.


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Boca Jets Tackle Football/Cheerleading – For ages 6–15. Call 561.558.9735 or visit for info on future season. West Boca Dragons Tackle, Flag & Cheerleading – Tackle football open to all no matter of weight, height or playing ability. No players are cut from the league. Every player has a starting offensive or defensive playing position. Two nights during the week & Saturday. Coaches & sponsors needed. Contact Glenn Remler at 561.376.6486 or www. Don Law Golf Center – Adult & junior lessons. Group or private. Adult/ Junior Tournaments Jan.-April. Largest junior golf program in South FL. Two locations in Boca & Boynton. Call for info: 561.451.1128. Soccer – For boys & girls born between 8/1/86 & 7/31/01. 561.988.0010 / Soccer-GBYSA – Season underway. For registration information call 561.487.6914 or visit Softball – For ages 6–18. One weeknight practice & one Sat. game. 561.361.8477 / West Boca Diamonds Girls’ Fastpitch Softball – For girls ages 5–16. Games are played at South County Regional Park. Tim Huxhold Skate Park & Shuffleboard Courts – Skate Park participants must be 5-years-old to register. Under 18 must be registered by a parent or legal guardian. Helmets are required; wrist guards, elbow pads & mouth guard are recommended. 400 Crawford Blvd. Call 561.393.7818 for hours and fees. FLA Boca – Swim programs for ages 4 & older. Have fun while exercising in a team environment. Year-round program held Mon.-Fri. from 4:30-6:30pm. Bring your suit, goggles & a towel. Florida Atlantic University Aquatic Center, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. / 954.468.5590.


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Adult Softball Leagues – All games played at Miller Park, 1905 SW 4th Ave., Delray Beach. $450 per team. Co-ed League, a “D” league (recreational) & a “D” league (competitive). For info or to register, contact Tom Kwiatek at 561.243.7255 or e-mail American Junior League Baseball – For ages 13–14. Weekly games & tournaments. $25/per player. Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St. Call 561.243.7356. American Little League Baseball – Minor League: ages 9–10; Major League: ages 11–12. Weekly games & tournaments. $25/per player. Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St. Call 561.243.7356. National Little League Baseball of Delray – Ages 6–12. Miller Park, 1905 SW 4th Ave. Basketball – Open to ages 5–15. $30 for Delray residents & $35/non– residents. Call 561.243.7255. Fall Basketball League – Pompey Park Recreation Center. For more information call 561.243.7356 / 561.305.8571. Travel Basketball League – For ages 15 & under. The cost is $40 per player. Call David Ricks at 561.243.7356 or e–mail ricks@ci.delray– Cheerleading – Delray Rocks Youth Cheerleading Squad for ages 8–15. Call David Ricks or Ben Leonard for info: 561.243.7356. Delray Beach Athletic Club – Including Delray Beach Lacrosse & Soccer Clubs – Recreational & competitive programs for boys & girls. Games played at Seacrest Soccer Complex, 2505 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach. Call 561.272.2500 or visit 7-on-7 Adult Flag Football League – For adults 18 years & up at Hilltopper Stadium, 2501 Seacrest Blvd. The league will include 10 games & a championship game. 561.243.7255 / Youth Flag Football League – “Let it Fly” 5 on 5 Flag Football league season has ended. Open to ages 5-15 with two age divisions at Pompey Park Ball Fields, 1101 NW 2nd St., Delray Beach. Call Kacy Young for info on future season at 561.243.7356. Ladies 9–Hole Tuesday Night Team Golf League – New league at Lake View Golf Course, 1200 Dover Rd. May–Oct. Match Play format consisting of two rounds (over 13 weeks) including a double elimination tournament. A minimum of 14 two–person teams are needed. Call Rodger Ribeiro at 561.243.7256 for info. Southeast Japanese Karate – Registration at Delray Community Center with lower prices. Girls & boys 5 yrs.–adult. Mon. & Wed., 6–7pm for 5–7 yr. olds & 7–8pm for 8 yr. olds, teens & adults. $60 a month for residents & $70 non–residents. Ronald Browne: 561.305.2316 / ronaldbrowne05@hotmail. com. Softball – Girls league at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St., for ages 6–15. Weekly games & tournaments. $25/per player. Call 561.577.5346. Men’s Adult Softball League – thru Delray Beach Parks & Recreation. Games at 6, 7, 8 & 9pm on Thursdays at Robert P. Miller Park, 1905 SW 4th Ave. Delray Beach. For info contact Tom Kwiatek at 561.243.7255. Barracudas Swim Team – Ages 5–17. Pompey Park Pool, 1101 NW 2nd St. Call Nina at 561.243.7358 or e-mail salomon@ci.delray– FLA Swim Programs – FLA Swim team for ages 4 & older. Programs for Beginners to Advanced Swimmers & for adults with the FLA Adult Fitness & Masters. Aqua Crest Pool, 2503 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach. Bring your suit, goggles & a towel. Visit or call 954.468.5590. T–Ball – Weekly games & tournaments. $25 registration/insurance fee. Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St. Mike Malloy: 561.577.5346. Pompey Park Track Club – Boys & girls, ages 8–18. Practice at Atlantic High School on Mon.–Thurs. from 5–7pm with competitions on Saturdays. Call Kacy at 561.243.7356. ● BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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By Dave Rineberg

Three Killer Volleys that Dave Rineberg is an International Tour Coach & Director of the Rineberg Tennis Training Academy in Deerfield Beach. He was the hitting coach for Venus & Serena Williams from ’92-’99 & is the author of 3 books: Venus & Serena, My Seven Years as Hitting Coach, Recipe for the Tennis Player’s Soul & The 100 Best Tennis Lessons. He can be reached at info@

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he volley is almost always supposed to be a point ending shot but in the last tournament I attended, I witnessed player after player having to hit two and sometimes three volleys to finally finish off the point. That would not happen if those players took a page out of the great Jimmy Connors book who often said when he went to the net, which wasn’t that often, he only planned to hit one volley. That sounds like a good plan if you can execute it and here are the three volleys that can make that plan happen for you: the drop volley, the angle volley and the swing volley.

Drop Volleys Let’s start with the most difficult of the three, the DROP VOLLEY. This volley is best used when your opponent has dipped the ball over the net or hit a soft low ball at you. What makes this shot difficult is the net is in play as you are trying to feel the ball just over the top of the net with a touch of backspin. When you practice this shot, the one thing to remember is that you are not trying to hit the ball with your racquet but rather have the ball hit your racquet. What I mean by that is as the face of your racquet starts to touch the ball let the ball knock the face back and open to the sky as if you were trying to balance the ball on your strings. Experiment with the grip pressure needed to let the ball be more dominating in this collision between the ball and racquet. This is how you develop the touch needed to softly drop all types of ball speeds and spins on your opponent’s side of the net. The ANGLE VOLLEY is the easiest of the three and can be used more often then the other two volleys because it is useful for both high and low shots. For all you doubles players this volley is a must. To hit this shot successfully the racquet must be positioned on the outside portion of the ball at impact. If you were to imagine the face of a clock on the ball then the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions would be considered the outside edges of the ball. With the racquet head up at impact, practice hitting the outside of the ball towards the sidelines with and without under-spin. The higher the ball the less spin needed. One thing to remember this volley is that an angle opens up other angles and other shot opportunities if your opponent chases your angle shot down so make sure you don’t check out until you see the shot is completed for a winner. The LAST VOLLEY, the swing volley, is only for high floating balls that have no pace. Never use the swing volley on low balls. Connors used the swing volley blended with the angle volley on any high ball when he was on top of the net. A swinging angled volley is almost a sure winner unless you are playing Nadal of course. To hit the swing volley, you want to stick to the basics of your regular groundstrokes and swing away. If you normally take a big loop in your backswing then take a big loop. If you normally take the racquet straight back and straight through then do the same. Taking your normal swing will help keep you from getting tight and pushing at the ball and ensure that you have good power on the shots which is what makes the swing volley so effective. Next time you come to the net in a match be sure to think like Connors and plan on hitting just one volley. If you own all three of these killer volleys then I like your chances. Good luck! ●


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lifetimes/pets The conventional wisdom has always been, don’t obtain a pet during the holidays. But actually, few animals adopted around the holidays are returned to the shelter. So give the gift of love—here are just a few of the local rescues that are waiting for a good home. Ring in the new year with a new friend, adopt today!

By Ivette Figueroa

Handle with Care

Adopt a pet this holiday season Audi: Audi is the sweetest, most lovable baby boy! He is a well-mannered Pit Bull Terrier that loves to play, enjoys other dogs in the house and if there is water around – he will jump in and swim to his heart’s content! Audi is about 8 months old, neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and on monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention. Audi would make a perfect addition to any home! To adopt call Inga at 561-302-3624 (leave message) or email ladyluckanimalrescue@


Tango Tango is a hoot! He loves attention and wants to be held and loved whenever possible. He is super playful, but will lay on your lap for hours as well. He is great with children, cats and dogs - just be careful, he will steal the show and your heart! Tango and his brother “Timmie” were born approximately 4/1/13. He has a plush white coat with dark orange markings. Tango is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He is being fostered in Boca Raton, FL and is waiting for his furever home! To adopt call: Kate at 754-366-3669 (leave a message) or email kate@ladyluck animalrescue. com.


Janel This pretty girl is Janel! She’s a beautiful one-yearold brown tabby with the softest fur! She’s hard to photograph because she likes to stick her nose in the camera! Very mellow and lap-centric. Good with cats and older kids. To adopt call: TriCounty Humane Society at 561-482-8110 or go to www.


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Jackq Jack is a well behaved beautiful white/brown male Jack Russell Terrier who is 3 years old and spayed/neutered. Adopt and protect this pet with the 24PetWatch Gift of Pet Insurance. Visit us at www.24PetWatch. com or call 1-877-291-1524.


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David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS,

The Holiday Rush – David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS, in practice in Coral Springs for 24 years, is a graduate of MIT and Columbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he has been named a Top Doctor in Castle Connolly’s national ratings for 2011, 2012 and 2013. 954-752-1020.

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t’s that time of the year again, making lists, shopping and rushing about, trying to remember to have fun and be thankful. Try not to let the stress of the season get to you. Looking for help to improve the tired face you see in the mirror, to match your festive outlook on the season and to face the New Year revitalized? Treat yourself or your loved one to a “quick fix” facial pick-me-up. Options include wrinkle relaxers, facial fillers, laser treatments, peels or dermabrasion which don’t require much downtime and produce visible changes soon after treatment. Usually a combination of treatments will yield the best results. From forehead to chin, you can achieve reduction of frown lines and crow’s feet, eyebrow and upper eye “lift,” reduction of under-eye “bags,” more prominent cheekbones, reduction of laugh lines, marionette lines and fine lines of the lips, plumping of the lips, reduction of jowl appearance, and creation of a stronger jaw line. The skin of the face and neck can be rejuvenated with reduction of age spots, fine lines and other texture irregularities and an overall firmer, smoother skin tone. Various terms such as “liquid facelift” have


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been utilized to describe combination non-surgical treatments to achieve these goals and generally include injectable neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport and the new Xeomin), facial fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, Radiesse and Sculptra), laser (photo facials and fractional ablative) chemical peels and dermabrasion. Other modalities include radiofrequency and newer ultrasound energy treatments. The neuromodulators are injected to minimize frowning and squinting lines and to create a more pleasing eyebrow position. For deeper creases, injectable fillers together with a wrinkle relaxer can enhance improvements. For minor skin sagging at the jaw line, fillers can be injected deeply to even out the contour and reduce the perception of “jowls,” strengthening the jaw line. Lip lines are sometimes best treated with fillers, muscle relaxants and skin treatments for maximum results. Muscle relaxants can also be utilized to improve marionette lines and neck bands. All of the treatments described are performed in the office with at most topical or local anesthesia, essentially no down-time (back to work same day or next), possibly minor peeling (a few days), brief swelling (1-2 days), or an occasional bruise (a few days) depending on the specifics. So if you are looking for a pre-holiday “quick fix,” you can cross one more item off your list, which will go a long way to making the season and the New Year look brighter. ●


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By Amy Demner, Ph.D., LMHC

Wholehearted Partying

A Dr. Amy Demner has more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and board certified clinical sexologist. She works with individuals, couples, and families needing support in child/teen problems, parenting, intimacy, stress, anger management, grief, divorce adjustment, anxiety, and depression. To contact Dr. Amy email info@

s the excitement of the holidays continue, many people start losing steam by the end of the month. Somehow you managed to get new clothes, gifts, babysitters, and holiday treats for the slew of parties crammed into next week. Not only do you have to look your best, you also have to act like you’re having a wonderful time. But your heart’s not in it. If you really want to enjoy your parties, just show up. Not just be there, REALLY be there. The authentic you – not who you think you should be or who you think others want you to be. Wholehearted partying means bringing your lovable, joyful, imperfect self, not partying till you drop. The real or authentic self has two basic emotional needs – love and belonging. What separates people who live wholeheartedly from the rest of the pack is that they believe they are worthy of love and belonging. Sounds simple? Hardly. Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston has done groundbreaking work about wholehearted living. The following list of 10 guideposts

for wholehearted living appears on pages 9-10 in her book, Daring Greatly. Look through this list and see how many you live by: A Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think B Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting go of Perfectionism C Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness D Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark E Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty F Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison GCultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as SelfWorth H Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle I Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of SelfDoubt and “Supposed To” J Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control.” If you are doing everything on this list, you’re one happy camper! For the rest of you, try one of these out at a party and see if it makes for a better time.

Tips for better partying Here are some tips on how to begin. The numbers correspond to Dr. Brown’s guideposts. 1. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion – speak your truth without trying to win or get people to agree with you. Catch yourself trying to fit in – don’t contribute to idle gossip or turn into a chameleon. 2. Limit the time you spend on shopping, primping, and so on – it’s okay to be good enough. Trying to be perfect is not just exhausting, it’s impossible! 3. If you see someone at the party you’re at odds with, don’t avoid them or numb yourself with food or alcohol. If you feel guilty about something you’ve done, let the person know you’d like to speak about it over coffee – not at the party. 4. Be gracious even if you don’t like the food, your seat at the table, or your Secret Santa’s gift. Appreciate the abundance that you have and don’t make yourself feel unworthy by comparing your life to others. Give yourself permission to enjoy even if you’re dealing with difficult stuff. 5. Go with the flow. Don’t over-


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rehearse how you’ll handle uncomfortable situations. If you’re at the party alone, instead of looking at couples and thinking you’ll never find someone, let yourself feel their love and have faith that you too will find a perfect partner. 6. Avoid one-upping others. Appreciate and be open to new ideas and don’t be afraid to share your creative solutions or viewpoints. Embrace your style. 7. Don’t brag about how busy you are or how much you do for others. No one really cares about how important you are. What’s more important is who you are. 8. Be in the moment. Enjoy what you are doing in the present instead of thinking about what you forgot to do or need to do next. For many, anxiety is habitual – like getting frazzled when you’re entertaining. Breathe. 9. Talk about your interests and what gives you joy. Don’t apologize if you’re a stay at home mom or don’t have the same degrees or titles as others. 10. This one is my favorite! Laugh, dance, and enjoy… So when you ask the party host, “what can I bring?” and he says, “yourself”– smile wholeheartedly when replying, “I will!” ● BOCA/DELRAY LIFE • DECEMBER 2013

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How the Grinch Ruined the Holiday Party… Joshua Frachtman

Joshua Frachtman, a graduate of the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University, is an attorney at Baker & Zimmerman, P.A. His practice areas primarily focus on personal injury, wrongful death and product defects. He can be reached at JFrachtman@ or 800.886. LAWS. For more information, please visit his firm’s website at

When I recently told my wife about a holiday party that we were invited to, she was bummed that we were double-booked. Hopefully that should be everyone’s biggest concern this holiday season. The office or family holiday party is something that everyone looks forward to. Unfortunately, when the party is over, somebody has to drive home. In 2009, 262 people were killed on Christmas in car accidents across the country; 37% involved alcohol. Even worse, 468 people were killed on New Year’s Day in 2009 in car accidents across the country; 40% involved alcohol. More and more lawsuits are being brought each year against employers, restaurants, bars and even friends of those who have died or been injured after leaving a holiday party or gathering, placing the liability for those deaths in the hands of those who serve the victims too much alcohol. Holiday parties often involve alcohol, and while you want your guests to enjoy themselves, it’s also important to make sure they are being responsible. A MetLife Auto & Home American Safety Pulse Poll says only about a third of potential hosts are concerned about common safety issues. The poll shows many potential hosts are failing to take precautionary steps to prevent unnecessary accidents. Only about 40 percent are concerned about whether their guests might get involved in a drunk-driving-related accident after consuming alcohol on their property. The majority are not concerned about the potential to be named in a lawsuit should a guest get involved in a drinkingand-driving accident. As a host, you should have a plan for those guests who have had “one too many.” Limit your guest list to people you know and those who act and drink


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responsibly. Hire a bartender instead of having guests serve themselves. Not only are they trained in recognizing signs of intoxication, but they are also very good at identifying underage drinkers. Consider hosting a party at a bar or restaurant. This places responsibility on trained servers rather than you. Keep cab company numbers by your phone for guests who shouldn’t drive and insist guests sleep at your home if they appear intoxicated. Consider cutting off the alcohol at a certain time, offer non-alcoholic beverages and make sure there is plenty of food so even those who only have one or two drinks aren’t doing so on an empty stomach. For guests, please keep in mind that during the holidays, the amount of traffic increases, which increases the risk of accidents. Carpooling with a designated driver can help decrease the number of drivers on the road at any given time and improve highway safety.  As a guest, make sure that you have a travel safety plan in the event your host has not provided one.  Bring your own list of cab numbers or make sure a family member or friend is on call to pick you up if necessary. By acting responsibly and being alert, you can help keep this holiday season safe for everyone. All it takes is one drunk driver to ruin everyone’s holiday. l


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8th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon Hundreds gathered at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca in October to recognize important oral chemotherapy parity legislation and the efforts of volunteers and staff to ensure breast cancer patients can access the treatment they need. The 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon, co-chaired by Fern Duberman and Gary Pyott, featured community leader, Dr. Louise Morrell, joined by Aileen Pruitt, Michele Donahue, and Andrea Wesley. Sponsors included Braman Motorcars Palm Beach, First Service Residential, Peter Kalikow, and the Boca Raton Observer. Visit for information about the Race for the Cure on January 25.


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