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Commission wants return to civility By Rich Pollack “We will be respectful of one another, even when we disagree. We will direct all comments to the issues. We will avoid personal attacks. Politeness costs so little.” For years, Highland Beach Town Commission meetings have started with that civility pledge read by the town clerk. In recent months, however, civility among commissioners has been overshadowed by shouting, name calling and interruptions. The commission frequently splits 3-2 on issues, with Mayor Carl Feldman, Vice Mayor Bill Weitz and Commissioner George Kelvin voting one way, while commissioners Rhoda Zelniker and Elyse Riesa vote the other. It has reached the point where residents have been speaking out, asking for an end to the discord, See CIVILITY on page 21
Boca Raton 327 Royal Palm, a 100-foot-tall, 24-unit condo just south of East Palmetto Park Road, is among the smallest of the new buildings. Only about 17 percent of space available for downtown development remains. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
Projects underway viewed as last big wave By Mary Hladky When the fierce battle over the Mizner 200 luxury condominium ended in August, it was almost possible to hear downtown residents and people opposed to development breathe a sigh of relief. The 384-unit project became a flashpoint for many people upset by what they saw as aggressive developers pushing too many big buildings that were bringing more traffic and changing the character of the city. So the ultimately amicable resolution of the Mizner 200 fight — with downtown activists winning concessions on the project’s design and landscaping — felt like a coda to downtown redevelopment. But it’s not over yet, and that concerns
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downtown activists like James Hendrey, who sees even more density in the city’s future. He points to the proposed redevelopment of Royal Palm Place. Plans call for nearly 300 luxury rental units, retail and restaurants, and that’s before
the landowner has unveiled plans for the remainder of the large property. “Are the roads any wider? No.” Hendrey said. His concerns include the need for new infrastructure, more open space and making downtown more walkable. What he’d love to hear city officials say to developers: “Until you do the infrastructure, we don’t even want you to come before us with a project.” The city started with 8 million square feet available for downtown development, but as of the end of last year, 1.4 million square feet, or about 17 percent, remained available for development. The city won’t update that number until next year, but officials predict the remainder will be exhausted within a few years. See DOWNTOWN on page 14
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Council seeks clearer ethics procedures By Mary Hladky Boca Raton City Council members asked the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics to clarify if Mayor Susan Haynie can vote on matters coming before the council that involve James Batmasian, the city’s largest commercial landowner. They also want more transparency about how to handle potential conflicts of interest involving council members. These issues arose after a Nov. 5 Palm Beach Post report found that a property management firm — Community Reliance — owned by Haynie and her husband, Neil, has been paid $12,000 a year since See ETHICS on page 5
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Boca Raton is considering fining code violators on the spot. Page 19
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hen The Coastal Star started publishing back in 2008, the downtowns of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach were hopping on the weekends and holidays, but pretty quiet the rest of the time. Atlantic Crossing in Delray Beach was still being proposed as Atlantic Plaza II, construction had just begun on Las Ventanas (now called One Boynton) in Boynton Beach, and a downtown advisory committee had recently been established as a “means to obtain input and recommendations on the present and future and redevelopment of downtown Boca Raton.” When the stock market crashed on Sept. 29 and the bubbling champagne of real estate speculation turned to molasses, project plans were put on hold as financing became difficult. As a result, the downtown areas sat quiet for a few years until the market began its gradual climb back to today’s astronomical heights. As the market reached for the sky, so did downtown development. Now the construction crane is omnipresent along the Federal Highway corridor. With this downtown building boom have come controversy and lawsuits, nasty politics and community organizing. Through all the battles, the construction has continued and by the end of 2018, these downtown areas will be vastly changed from
what they were in 2008. Those of us who live across the bridges from the rising downtown construction recognize the benefits of this development to the larger cities. We know that an increased tax base helps pay for public services. Since those of us on the barrier island depend on the public services provided by the cities across the bridges, we know that quality of service matters. And we don’t want blight along the north/ south corridor. We want safe, compelling, walkable downtowns with friendly, public areas. Many of the developments rising across the bridges are trying to work with their neighbors to build something acceptable to current residents as well as new. Some are not. With this edition we begin a three-part series on the maturing of the downtown areas of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. We are taking a close look at the current status of the building boom and projected growth. With 2018 just around the corner, it’s a good time to look at this urban growth and the impact it will have on the face and pace of our coastal communities in the coming decade. — Mary Kate Leming, Editor
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Caring — and helping — form second career for Boynton Beach couple
By Janis Fontaine
oe Mastrullo says he works harder now than he ever has before. When Mastrullo, of Boynton Beach, retired about 11 years ago at age 72, he knew he wanted to do a little volunteer work, but he wanted flexible hours. As members of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, he and Toni, his wife of nearly 50 years, learned about the SVF Care Ministry at a parish fair, and Joe decided to join. The ministry is a 24/7 hotline that provides temporary assistance to poor and disadvantaged people in Delray Beach, with a commitment to help all in need, regardless of nationality or creed. “We provide assistance with rent, food, clothes, housing and utilities. There’s such a big need,” Joe Mastrullo said. All kinds of people call in looking for help, and each Care Ministry volunteer is responsible for a shift of calls. The money the ministry distributes comes from poor boxes and collection plate offerings a few times a year. But no one gets cash or a check. Payments are made to service providers directly, and if the Care Ministry can’t help the caller, it can usually refer the caller to other organizations that may be able to help. In the decade or so since he joined, the former telecommunications sales exec who just wanted a little parttime gig got hooked on helping others. With his strong affinity for numbers and his logical mind, he helped shore up the Care Ministry’s infrastructure as its treasurer, and he helped establish guidelines and streamline procedures, so the ministry could function at its best.
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Once a week, the 20 or so care ministers meet as a group to compare notes and discuss difficult cases. It’s no surprise Joe Mastrullo, a natural leader, has a voice there. Once they got a taste of volunteering, Joe and Toni, who isn’t retired, wanted to do more. So about five years ago — when the couple was invited to join the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, an ecumenical Christian order focused on helping sick and poor people — they accepted the honor and the responsibility with humility. The order dates back some 900 years. Today, the growing Palm Beach Commandery has 68 members. Toni Mastrullo is its commander. Part of the Commandery’s responsibility is to support smaller local charities such as the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind and One Love — One Community Foundation, which provides school clothes for children in Palm Beach County. The Mastrullos each have their own pet projects. Joe Mastrullo collects clothes, food and household items for churches in Belle Glade and Pahokee. Every week, he brings carloads of goods to Father Morales St. Hiliare of First Haitian Baptist Church of Belle Glade, who never met a donation he didn’t want. Bags and boxes disappear in no time. Recipients are polite, grateful and needy. May is the annual food drive, and Joe and Toni
hope to collect 1,000 bags of food for the next one. “Last year, I drove about 50,000 miles,” he said. Toni Mastrullo has a soft spot for shoes. She’s a member of the board of directors of In Jacob’s Shoes, a charity formed in memory of 17-year-old Jacob Zweig by his parents, Harlene and Murray, in 2009. The nonprofit provides new and gently used shoes, backpacks, school supplies and athletic gear to South Florida children in need. Toni Mastrullo is a clever fundraiser, holding bake-less cake sales (you just donate the amount you would have spent on ingredients, plus a little) and shoe-cleaning parties (volunteers arrive to clean donated shoes for redistribution, and enjoy wine, cheese and good humor for their troubles). Joe Mastrullo says, “You start spreading the word, you keep finding people who are willing to help.” It’s in their hearts to help, Toni Mastrullo says. “Our faith has always been strong,” Joe Mastrullo says. “But you can’t explain how good it makes you feel when you help someone less fortunate.” Joe says even folks who claim they are too busy are suddenly asking what they can do. So, the duo keeps encouraging people to help, and leading by example. “We tell the story, and if they take to it, great.” Joe says sometimes people don’t realize what they have. That stray can of peas in the pantry, those too-small shirts in the closet don’t seem like much by themselves, but to someone living on the edge, it’s dinner or clean clothes. Little things add up and even small kindnesses make a difference. As Joe says, “We’re not huge, but we’re mighty.” Ú
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New requirements snag progress on Midtown project
By Mary Hladky
The proposed Midtown development faces significant new obstacles as a result of conditions imposed by both city staff and a city board that would delay the start of construction, reduce the size of the project and possibly torpedo it. Developer Crocker Partners drafted proposed ordinances that set a framework for how Midtown can be built. But that prompted complaints that the developer had assumed control of a city process, and the City Council ordered staff six months ago take back the reins. Midtown, to be built between Interstate 95 and the Town Center at Boca Raton, is envisioned as a “live, work, play” transit-oriented development where people will live and walk or take shuttles to
their jobs in the area, shopping and restaurants. As many as 2,500 mostly rental units would be built on nearly 300 acres where no residential exists. A new Tri-Rail station at or near Northwest 19th Street along the CSX railroad tracks would bring people to and from the area. The proposed ordinances would allow restaurants, bars under certain conditions, hotels, convenience stores and schools. Drive-in restaurants, gas stations, veterinary clinics and outdoor seating or entertainment would require City Council approval. The city’s redo of the proposed ordinances still allows 2,500 units. But they could not be built until the TriRail station is constructed and operating and Military Trail is redesigned to make it easier
to cross and more pedestrian friendly. The tallest buildings in the area now are 145 feet, but the height limit would be reduced to no more than 105 feet. “We were shocked when we saw that,” Crocker Partners managing partner Angelo Bianco said of the Tri-Rail station requirement. The city’s Planning and Zoning Board went even further at its Nov. 9 meeting. The board unanimously approved the proposed ordinances, but added conditions that it recommends the City Council adopt. Board members called for reducing the number of residential units to 600. They want no construction until streets in the area are redesigned, landscaping and other infrastructure work completed, and a shuttle system
is operating. Crocker Partners proposed some residential units as small as 500 square feet, but the board recommended a minimum of 700 square feet. Several board members said the city may need to create a special taxing district for the Midtown area that would pay for roads, landscaping and other improvements. After Brandon Schaad, director of the city’s department of development services, outlined to planning board members changes city staff made to the proposed ordinances, attorneys representing Crocker Partners said some of the key changes are unconstitutional and violate Florida law. The Tri-Rail station requirement is “arbitrary and unreasonable and creates an indefinite moratorium [on Midtown construction],” said
Deana Falce, a litigator with the Shubin & Bass law firm. “Private property owners have no control over whether the Tri-Rail station is ever built,” she said. The requirement for completion of improvements to Military Trail, the main artery through Midtown, leaves the project at the mercy of the city and county, which would jointly plan the work, she said. The building height requirement is “arbitrary” and will discourage development, Falce said. An angry Planning and Zoning chair William Fairman chastised the attorneys for not submitting a packet outlining their objections before the meeting. Board member Larry Snowden called the unconstitutionality claim “insulting.” “We never want to commence legal action unless it is absolutely necessary,” Bianco said after he meeting. “But we need to protect our property rights.” He expressed hope that Crocker Partners and the city can work together to “find common ground.” But the city restrictions, Bianco said, will “create unreasonable barriers to development.” Downsizing the project to 600 units is unrealistic for a 300-acre site, he said. “It is such a small number of units, it would not allow us to achieve the minimum necessary to create the integrated, pedestrian-walkable neighborhood we want to develop,” he said. Midtown should not be dependent on construction of a Tri-Rail station, he said. While he supports mass transit and the station, it “is not necessary for us to achieve … what we want to achieve,” he said. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, has been considering building a second station in Boca Raton since 2007 and recently launched a new study to evaluate the idea. If SFRTA decides to build one, construction would not begin until 2022. When Schaad briefed City Council members on the planning board’s decision at their Nov. 13 workshop meeting, Mayor Susan Haynie and council member Scott Singer weren’t certain how to proceed. Council members Robert Weinroth and Andrea O’Rourke said a master plan should be created for the Midtown area, which also would delay construction. The City Council will consider the ordinances and the planning board’s recommendations again after Schaad completes an analysis. Two public hearings will be held before final decisions are made. Ú
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final opinion. “There is nothing I did that altered that,” she said. With public scrutiny on Haynie and what other members of the council will do about it, council members agreed that they needed to be more transparent on ethics matters. Council member Scott Singer proposed, and other members supported, measures aimed at keeping themselves and the pubic informed. They include notifying each council member and the public when one of them requests an ethics opinion, when any additional communication about the request takes place, when an ethics opinion is issued, identifying in requests for opinions the person seeking the opinion and bringing in an ethics expert to give guidance to the council. When the proposals came back to the council on Nov. 28, they were expanded to include restrictions on outside attorneys advising the city on ethics issues. Attorneys could not be hired if they had participated in a city political campaign or made a campaign contribution six months before they are retained and for six months after their work is done. Attorneys also will be ineligible if they have served as an officer or director of a “political committee” or “electioneering communications organization” involving a city issue or campaign during the time they work for the city and six months afterwards. During discussion about the proposals, O’Rourke said the proposed time restrictions were too short, and suggested they apply for six years before an attorney is retained and six years after their work is done Other council members agreed changes should be made, with specifics to be worked out when the council votes on the proposals at its next meeting. Investments Limited is primarily known as a buyer and seller of properties. But it also has been a developer. Most recently, the company submitted plans for redevelopment of two portions of its Royal Palm Place, a 14-acre downtown destination featuring retail and restaurants. Investments Limited describes the property as the “crown jewel” of its property portfolio. Plans call for two buildings with luxury rentals, retail, restaurants and parking.Ú
Continued from page 1 2010 by the master association of Tivoli Park, a 1,600-unit apartment complex in Deerfield Beach. Batmasian and his wife, Marta, own 80 percent of the Tivoli Park units, and five of the six Tivoli board members work for the Batmasians’ company, Investments Limited, the Post reported. Haynie has denied that she acted improperly, noting that she requested an opinion from the ethics commission on whether she could vote. The article raises the question of whether Haynie has a conflict of interest in voting on matters involving the Batmasians and if she should recuse herself. Haynie has cast at least 12 votes on such matters, according to the Post. Haynie was one of the registered agents for Community Reliance, but her name was removed last year. About half her votes took place after Haynie left the company, the Post reported. Palm Beach County’s ethics code prohibits an official from casting a vote that benefits a spouse. The commission determined in 2013 that there was an “insufficient nexus” among the Batmasians, the master association and an issue coming before the City Council for Haynie to be prohibited from voting. But in that specific case, Batmasian was neither the applicant nor the developer. “I have always followed the process and relied on professional legal guidance,” Haynie said at a Nov. 13 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting at which ethics issues were discussed. “As an elected official, I have a responsibility to vote if there is no conflict. And that’s what I was advised to do.” Yet Mark Bannon, the commission’s executive director, signaled in advance that the commission would not revisit its 2013 opinion. “We would not be able to give an ethics opinion about an ethics opinion,” he said after the Nov. 13 meeting. In a Nov. 28 letter to City Manager Leif Ahnell, Bannon confirmed that, saying that an ethics opinion must be requested by the public official or employee who is affected, and not by the entire city council. As a result, the ethics commission can not “affirm or re-address” its 2013 opinion, he said. Asked after the Nov. 13 meeting if the opinion allowed Haynie to vote on projects the Batmasians are involved in, Bannon said “no.” He then added, “That opinion is a very narrow opinion. It talked about a specific circumstance. That does not mean anything [Haynie] has done violates that opinion.” But a commission investigator has filed a public records request with the city. Abigail Irizarry asked for copies of emails from Haynie,
A county ethics investigator has filed a public records request for some of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s emails. Haynie said earlier that she relied on legal guidance before voting on issues that might have raised questions about conflicts of interest. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star Boca Raton City Attorney to disclose her interest in Frieser disputed Weinroth’s Diana Grub Frieser and Joshua Community Reliance. That contention that she pushed hard Koehler between January and complaint is pending. to get an opinion that allowed December 2013 that contain Zucaro was critical of the Haynie to cast votes. certain key words. She also council’s decision to seek a “I don’t think the city requested all site approval plans review of the opinion by the attorney has done our mayor from January 2013 until this county’s ethics commission. any favors in being as aggressive November containing many of “They kicked the ball over as she was in pushing for a the same key words. Those key to somebody else because they ruling that eventually allowed words include Batmasian and are impotent in not wanting to the mayor to vote,” Weinroth Investments Limited. address this issue in the city,” he said. Koehler was not identified said after the Nov. 13 meeting. Frieser denied in the request, but a Joshua “They have the responsibility that she sought Koehler was Boca Raton’s senior for bringing this forward and an outcome that assistant city attorney as of Oct. taking appropriate action. … favored Haynie, 19. They should be looking at it saying she Bannon would not comment themselves.” simply notified on the records request. But he O’Rourke also has been the ethics did say the commission has the caught up in the ethics commission of Frieser authority to investigate if it gets quandary, although she insists relevant legal new information, including she has done nothing wrong. issues. from a media report. He would Her husband, George O’Rourke, “My goal was to act as an not comment on whether the is employed by Merrill Lynch objective and neutral city Post article was sufficient to and served as financial adviser attorney,” she said. spark an inquiry. to the Batmasians until his wife Frieser approached the Council member Andrea won election to the council in ethics commission in 2011 and O’Rourke asked March. obtained an informal opinion for the matter to Andrea O’Rourke requested that Haynie had no conflict of be placed on the an opinion from the ethics interest. In 2013, Haynie asked Nov. 13 meeting commission, which determined her to seek a formal written agenda. she had no conflict of interest opinion. A draft opinion found “This is because her husband no longer Haynie could vote, but included something we advises the Batmasians, she a recommendation that she cannot ignore,” said at the meeting. She said abstain based on an “appearance O’Rourke she said at that she recused herself from a June of impropriety.” meeting, adding that many 12 vote on a matter involving Frieser responded, matters coming before the the Batmasians before the saying why she thought the council directly or indirectly opinion was issued “to avoid the recommendation was not involve the Batmasians. appearance of impropriety.” warranted. More back-and-forth O’Rourke called for a review O’Rourke and council followed over five months until by an outside agency other than member Robert Weinroth were the final opinion determined the ethics commission. critical of how Frieser handled Haynie could vote. She also expressed concern on Haynie’s behalf the request The first draft opinion said that the council never knew for the ethics opinion. Haynie could vote, as did the Haynie requested an ethics opinion. “Should we not have LICENSED INSURED known about this?” she asked. PB U-21376 O’Rourke is an ally of Al Serving the Barrier Island Since 1985 Zucaro, and was editor of his www.pvsmarinecontractors.com BocaWatch blog, which is often critical of the council, until she resigned in September 2016 to run for City Council. Haynie defeated Zucaro in the March mayoral election. She has since announced she is a candidate for the Palm Beach County Commission seat being vacated by term-limited Steven Abrams, a former Boca Raton mayor. Zucaro filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Haynie in April accusing her of failing
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City sticks with volunteer code board By Jane Smith
Delray Beach commissioners voted 3-2 on Nov. 20 to keep the city’s allvolunteer code enforcement board, but they will hire an outside attorney to advise board members during their hearings. Commissioners were surprised to learn that code enforcement cases routinely are presented to the board with a 90 percent reduction of the fines proposed by staff. In most cases, the board approves what the city staff requests. Because fines can accrue in the time it takes to appear before the board— often up to 120 days — “the fines could be as high as $20,000” by the time the hearing is held, said Michael Coleman, director of the Community Improvement Department, which oversees code enforcement in Delray Beach. “We are not trying to make money on it, but to achieve compliance.” The code enforcement officers need to present “a straight calculation of the fines” and allow the code board to determine whether a reduction is needed, Mayor Cary Glickstein said. He asked the city manager to make sure that happens. City Attorney Max Lohman, who represents other cities including Lantana, brought up the idea of hiring a special magistrate to hear code enforcement violations. He wanted to take “the subjectivity out of the process. … Lay people don’t understand the law.” Robert Resnick, appointed to the code enforcement board in July, told commissioners that the board is enhanced by having residents serve on it, that they enforce the standards and the goal is compliance, not punishment. He called his service “democracy in action.” At the City Commission meeting, Lohman also talked about a troubling October meeting when he represented the city in front of the code enforcement board. “They never read Ch. 162 (of Florida Statutes on code enforcement), but they are appointed to enforce it,” Lohman said. He had to explain what the board members could do in a code enforcement case involving a foreclosure. The action can be taken on rental properties, but not ones with homestead protection, he said. Resnick, a retired Army colonel who served as a judge advocate general, understands Lohman’s viewpoint but disagrees with his characterization of the October code board meeting. “The September meeting was canceled because Hurricane Irma” resulted in power failures citywide,
Resnick said after the commission meeting. That cancellation led to a long October meeting agenda for the code board. “People started to talk about the merits of their cases, not the criteria in the law,” Resnick said. It took longer, but the board eventually made it through its agenda, he said. Vice Mayor Jim Chard, who voted to keep the volunteer board, equated going to the special magistrate system with having a “gun for hire.” That person would not be sensitive to the city’s historic districts, he said. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia also voted to keep the board. “They are following what the city is recommending,” she said. “If the board doesn’t work out, we can always switch.” She favored bringing in an outside attorney to advise
the board during its hearings. That way, the city attorney’s office could avoid a conflict of interest because a staff lawyer presents the cases and another staff lawyer advises the board. That situation could be problematic if a case were appealed. To date no cases have been appealed. “We are saving money by luck,” Lohman said. Commissioner Mitch Katz said he could see the pros and cons of having a code board of city residents. He voted to keep it. The mayor wanted to follow the staff recommendation to hire a special magistrate to achieve compliance. Deputy Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson also supported hiring a special magistrate. “We need a better system,” she said, with a professional code enforcement process. Ú
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Nature Preserve still hurting from Hurricane Irma By Mary Thurwachter Although town staffers were able to clear enough of the mess Hurricane Irma made at the Nature Preserve to hold an annual Halloween party, the park remains closed. Only the front portion of the park was opened to the public for that Oct. 20 event. “The back path is still in pretty bad shape,” said Linda Brien, Lantana’s operations director. “There are a lot of trees down. They got a good pruning.” Council member Malcolm Balfour, who lives close to the preserve, said he thought a tornado had gone through the 6½-acre parcel at 440 E. Ocean Ave., just east of the bridge. “It really made a mess of things.” Brien said she isn’t sure when the entire park will be open. Her staff of eight is currently down to six.
“We’ve got to do Winterfest [Dec. 2] first and then we’ll attack everything. Some big banyan trees were lost, leaving gaping spaces, and leaves and fronds are scattered across the paths.” The preserve was created in 1997 on land previously used for the town dump. In other news, the council: • Approved a contract with DEH Kingdom Management Inc. for grounds maintenance services for $77,666. • Authorized the purchase of a 2018 Ford Interceptor utility vehicle for $47,265 to be used by the police for field training. • Learned that the town had won first place for municipalities 20,000 and under in the Read for the Record program. Since the program began 12 years ago, Lantana has won first place 11 times. Ú
Basketball coming to complex Construction will begin soon on two basketball courts for Lantana’s sports complex on North Eighth Street. On Nov. 27, the town awarded a contract to ARZ Builders of Boca Raton to do the work for $323,255. The town will use Community Block Grant money for the project. Council member Phil Aridas said that the town should plan to put a playground at the complex too, and asked that Town Manager Deborah Manzo look into that
project in the year ahead. “This is something we need for kids and for parents who bring their kids to watch games,” Aridas said. “We need to use any remaining spot for this.” The sports complex, built last year, has three baseball fields, two soccer fields, batting cages and a concession stand. Since those were built, the Police Department moved its headquarters adjacent to the fields.
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The Coastal Star collected six first-, three second- and six third-place awards in the 66th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club. The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s banquet Nov. 4 in Sarasota. The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class D division, which encompasses non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are included in the class. First-place awards went to Cheryl Blackerby, Writing: Environmental News; Mary Hladky, Writing: Health Writing; Willie Howard, Writing: Sports Column; Rich
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Estimate error delays repaving of streets
By Steve Plunkett Gulf Stream will wait at least 18 months to repave six streets in its core area after the paving contractor realized there was almost twice as much work to do. In February, paving firm Anzco Inc. of Boca Raton estimated the needed repairs — on Banyan and Old School roads; Polo and Lakeview drives; and Wright and Oleander ways — would cost $170,550. But company representatives returned in October to remeasure the job site and discovered their error. “On the original proposal the total was approximately 7,400 square yards,” Town Manager Greg Dunham said. “The correct total square yardage of roadways, included in Anzco’s original proposal, is actually approximately 14,050 square yards.” As a result, the proposed price for the repaving “will increase significantly,” to $294,392, up about 74 percent, Dunham told town commissioners. Mayor Scott Morgan was not pleased. “It seems odd to me that Anzco would make such an egregious error in its calculations,” he said. Commissioners had tentatively approved a contract with Anzco for the road work last April. Dunham urged them at the Nov. 9 commission meeting to postpone the project, partly
because there was not enough money set aside in Gulf Stream’s budget but more so because the town just hired engineers to develop a 10-year plan for capital improvements. The long-range plan may call for digging into roadways to work on water pipes, he said. Commissioners were quickly swayed by his arguments. “You don’t want to put in new roads and then cut them up,” Commissioner Joan Orthwein said. Vice Mayor Thomas Stanley said the commission probably will not review the capital improvement plan and reauthorize the paving before July 2019. “I think that would be kind of the general scope,” he said. In other business, commissioners heard a plea by resident Barbara Sloan in favor of smaller for-sale signs on homes. “I’m here to beg essentially that the ordinance regarding real estate signs be changed and to use the same signs that are in Palm Beach, Manalapan and Ocean Ridge,” said Sloan, who lives in the Bermuda House condominiums. “The signs are tiny little signs. I don’t think that the size of those small signs has hurt the real estate transactions or the prices in those towns. And I think that when you drive through Gulf Stream and see the signs that look like billboards frankly, that are in my estimation very bad.” Ú
Police Chief Katz leaving for job in Virginia By Jane Smith The Boynton Beach police chief used a modern method to announce his new position. Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Chief Jeffrey Katz turned to social media to say he will retire from Boynton Beach at the end of December to lead the police department in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Katz, 45, tweeted: “Today, @ ChesterfieldVa is announcing my appointment as the next @ CCPDVa chief. Next month, Katz I’ll retire from @BBPD & @cityofboynton after a fulfilling 20-year career. I’m grateful. Look forward to serving alongside the men & women of one of Virginia’s premier policing agencies.” The town of Briny Breezes contracts with Boynton Beach for law enforcement needs. Katz’s last work day will be Dec. 20, although his official
retirement day is Dec. 29. He will leave Boynton Beach one month shy of 20 years. He was promoted to chief in July 2013 from his position as lieutenant in charge of the professional standards division. He joined the Boynton Beach Police Department in 1998 and rose through the ranks. Katz is a Florida native whose first law enforcement position was as a police cadet for Plantation. Katz will begin his Chesterfield County job on Jan. 2. Boynton Beach likely will promote one of its three assistant chiefs to police chief while a national search is done to find a new chief. The hiring process could take up to three months. Meanwhile, the City Commission is still working out the details of the Town Square project. That plan calls for the police headquarters to move out of downtown to High Ridge Road, just west of the interstate. Ú
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The city will begin design work at its marina for a new sea wall, drainage system, docks and wheelchair-accessible sidewalks. In early November, the Delray Beach City Commission awarded a $99,494 design- and construction-administration contract to the Wantman Group of West Palm Beach. “It’s absolutely necessary,” said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia. Marine Way, between Southeast First and Second streets, floods during high tide events. Water from the Intracoastal Waterway flows over the sea wall and fills the road like a bowl, she said. The contract calls for Wantman to design a two-phase project to allow half of the marina tenants to stay during the construction. The marina has 24 slips. Wantman also will hold public meetings to solicit input from the tenants and other interested parties. Under the contract, the Wantman engineers will help
city staff write the bid language and supervise the construction. The work is expected to begin in the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, 2018. It’s the third contract awarded to Wantman for work along the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Avenue. The city paid Wantman $80,000 to design the dock repairs and sea wall cap and supervise the construction at Veterans Park, north of Atlantic. That work should be finished in January. In October, Wantman was awarded a $284,373 contract for a one-block site analysis of Marine Way, from Atlantic to Southeast First Street. That stretch of Marine Way has a broken road bed that can’t support the weight of heavy trucks, private and unauthorized docks and a sea wall that is no longer usable. The project will require
approvals from state and federal regulatory agencies. After the city finds out what’s allowed, Wantman will meet with property owners along that stretch of Marine Way and others interested, said Jeffrey Needle, the city’s stormwater engineer. The design work should be finished in the spring. Separately, in November, the city started a sea wall vulnerability analysis of the entire Intracoastal Waterway, estimated to be 21.4 miles. The city owns less than a mile of the sea walls. Aptim Environmental & Infrastructure of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was awarded the $198,473 contract in October to do the analysis. That work will be finished by June. The goal is to create a minimum sea wall height and a sea wall ordinance for property owners along the Intracoastal, Needle said. Ú
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Commission set to review Town Square project as costs rise
By Jane Smith Boynton Beach wants to zip into the 21st century by creating a bustling downtown with high-rise apartment buildings, shops, a hightech library and a large LED screen outdoors to serve as a focal point for community gatherings. The largest project planned, the 16.5-acre Town Square, will cost an estimated $250 million, Assistant City Manager Colin Groff said at a public meeting in early November. Town Square, whose construction is tentatively set to start next spring, sits between Boynton Beach Boulevard on the north and Southeast Second Avenue on the south. “We want to give people a place to come together, Boynton Beach’s family room,” said Groff, who is in charge of the Town Square project. The city picked E2L Real Estate Solutions as its partner earlier this year for Town Square. E2L consists of more than 10 real estate-related companies. The partnership will build a combined city hall/library and renovate the historic high school to house the city recreation and arts classes on the ground floor and events on the second floor. The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and high school will stay at their current locations on Ocean Avenue. E2L partners also will build
Workers have been removing the windows and doors from the old high school as they prepare to renovate the historic building. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star a new fire station just outside the project on the northeast corner of Northeast First Street and Northeast First Avenue. It will have space for a third bay, which can be used for another rescue vehicle as the city’s service population grows. In early November, city commissioners gave a tentative OK to the plan. The police headquarters will be built on city-owned land on High Ridge Road, next to the fire-
rescue headquarters. On Dec. 5, commissioners will review a guaranteed price for Town Square and decide whether to proceed. The city’s share is now estimated at $133.8 million, up about $38.8 million since June. The extra costs can be explained, Groff said. The combined city hall/library is now planned for four stories. Instead of $14 million for a new city hall and renovated
library, the combined structure will cost $26.98 million. The change was made because the City Commission wanted to have more workforce housing in the project, he said. The developers will build apartments at rental rates that start at $850 for a studio and rise to $1,200 for a twobedroom, two-bath unit, Groff said. Although at least one city
commissioner wants units residents can purchase, “right now, the market wants to fund apartments,” he said. “If that changes, then the units could be converted into condos.” The additional units translate into three more stories on the south parking garage to park the 450 extra vehicles. That change raised the garage cost by more than 71 percent to $14.2 million, according to city data. Boynton Beach also added a district energy plant to supply power to all of the buildings in Town Square. That raised the project cost by at least $10.4 million, Groff said. The city owns all of the land in Town Square. Boynton Beach plans to sell or lease the land it doesn’t need to its private partners to build a five-story hotel, apartment buildings and restaurants or shops in the project. Former City Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick suggested that the city do a long-term lease. “Half or more of the land will go into private hands,” he said at the Nov. 1 meeting. He wants the city to do a 99-year land lease, similar to the one Boca Raton did when it created Mizner Park. Work on the old high school started in August with $2.1 million from the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The city will contribute another $2 million to the total renovation cost of $10.5 million. Ú
Woman’s Club may house library during construction By Jane Smith Boynton Beach administrators want to combine the library with a new city hall in the ambitious Town Square development.
To do so, they are determining whether the Boynton Woman’s Club, recently purchased by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, will work as a temporary location for the
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library from around April to the project’s scheduled completion in late 2019, said Colin Groff, assistant city manager. “It will be smaller,” Groff said in late November. “The library will have to come up with a creative storage system that works for patrons.” The temporary library will have a Wi-Fi system to allow patrons to connect to the internet and check their emails, Groff said. The Woman’s Club, now formally called The Historic Woman’s Club of Boynton Beach, at 1010 S. Federal Highway, sits about a mile away from the current library at 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. The structure housed the first city library. Because the Woman’s Club is a historic building, the CRA purchased it on an asis basis. The building has an elevator to provide access to the second floor. “However, as a historic structure, there are limitations to full compliance (with wheelchairaccessibility requirements) and there are provisions in the Florida Building Code which acknowledges these conditions,” said Thuy Shutt, CRA assistant director. To prepare and move, the
library will have to close for two to four weeks, said Craig Clark, library director. The timeline calls for the library to be in its temporary place by April 1. Demolition of the library will start May 1, according to the schedule. Earlier this year, the Town Square plans called for the library to be renovated and connected to the new city hall. That changed, Groff said, when commissioners requested more workforce housing units in Town Square, a 16.5-acre area that will become the downtown for Boynton Beach. “To open up space for the residential units, the library was combined with the city hall,” he said. The units will be rentals because that’s what lenders are willing to underwrite now, Groff said. Between 1,200 and 1,600 patrons use the library daily, Clark said, and people flocked there after Hurricane Irma when power was out throughout the city but the library had electricity and air-conditioning. Clark listed the most popular sections as newer books, fiction collection and medical and travel books in the nonfiction collection. Clark said the library
has evolved to become the community’s living room. “The library was among the first organizations that handled email. It’s where you go to learn about new technology,” he said. “It’s relevant today and will still be relevant in 20 years.” The library is becoming known worldwide for its Boynton history archives, Clark said. “I recently spoke with a man from Melbourne, Australia,” he said. “The man is writing about a boat that sank in the Boynton Inlet in 1993. He traced the boat’s history back to 1915.” In the combined building, the library will have about 13,000 square feet less space. But that doesn’t bother Clark. “There’s a lot of wasted space in the library and city hall,” he said. “The commission chambers are used about eight times a month for City Commission, CRA and other board meetings. In the new building, the chambers will double as a children’s storytelling space.” Construction of the 105,000-square-foot city hall/ library building is set to start on June 1 and end by Sept. 1, 2019. Ú
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R ising from the ground now are 170-unit Tower 155 luxury condo at 199 E. Boca Raton Road and the 24-unit 327 Royal Palm luxury condo at 327 E. Royal Palm Road. Two other projects join Mizner 200, located on nearly 9 acres along Southeast Mizner Boulevard, as approved but not yet built. While the first phase of Via Mizner, 366 apartments at Camino Real and Federal Highway, is finished, two other phases are coming. Boca Ratonbased Penn-Florida companies will now build a 164-room Mandarin Oriental hotel, 85 condos in The Residences at Mandarin Oriental and 41,706 square feet of shops and restaurants. 375 Royal Palm, the first assisted-living facility to be built in eastern Boca Raton, will have 193 luxury units at 375 E. Royal Palm Road.
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Of the 8 million square feet of space available at the start of the redevelopment effort, 1.4 million square feet, or 17 percent, remains.
Tower 155 on East Boca Raton Road is designed to reach the 140-foot height limit for that area. The building will hold luxury condos, shops and restaurants. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star largest owner of commercial properties downtown. The company has plans for two portions of the 14-acre Royal Palm Place that would dramatically change the look of the longtime shopping and dining destination. Investments Limited has proposed two buildings. One would include 69 luxury rental units, 11,156 square feet of retail and restaurants and parking for 301 cars. The second would have 220 luxury rentals, 4,560 square feet of retail and restaurants and parking for 500 cars. The redevelopment plans are aimed at transforming Royal Palm Place, built in 1966, into an urban center that meets demands of retail and restaurant tenants, while including landscaped outdoor areas that can host special events.
In the past six years, 14 major developments have been built, are under construction, have been approved or are proposed for downtown Boca Raton. If all are built, these projects will add: 2,792 housing units 364 hotel rooms 303 assisted living units 108,918 square feet of office/retail/ restaurant space
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Additional proposals are seeking city approvals. Camino Square, just north of West Camino Real and west of Dixie Highway, would replace a dilapidated shopping center where a now-shuttered WinnDixie sits. The project would include two eight-story buildings with 350 luxury apartments, as well as two parking garages with 631 spaces and a public dog park. The buildings would rise 77 feet, well below the 100-foot limit permitted in that part of downtown. It is being developed by FCI Residential Corp., a subsidiary of sugar producer Florida Crystals Corp. 475 Royal Palm is proposed by Boca-based Group P6, the same developer behind 327 Royal Palm. It would include three buildings at nine stories with 48 luxury condos. The number of condos could decrease if buyers elect to combine units. Rising to 100 feet, the buildings will comply with city height limits. The project also would include 217 spaces in underground parking to service the condos and a nearby Morgan Stanley office building. Group P6 has proposed yet another project, the second one downtown focusing on retirees. Concierge, at 22 SE Sixth St., west of Federal Highway, would have 110 units, of which 20 would be for memory care, 44 for assisted living and 46 for independent living. The 127 parking spaces would be underground and the project, at nine stories, is within the city’s height limits. Concierge differentiates itself from 375 Royal Palm by having independent living. But like 375 Royal Palm, it will have deluxe amenities such as restaurants, a spa and salon, Zen garden and concierge services. It touts its location near restaurants, shopping and cultural venues. Investments Limited, owned by James Batmasian, is the city’s
on the nearly 30 city-owned acres around City Hall. What will be included is still a work in progress, but one possibility is building a performing arts center. City residents have been asked for their input, and City Council members are expected to start making decisions soon. The Related Group, South Florida’s largest luxury condo developer also known for its large mixed-use projects, approached the city in July with the offer of a swap. It would build a 1,500-seat indoor performing arts center and adjacent parking garage in the campus, in return for 3.6 cityowned acres in Mizner Park, where the developer would tear down the aging outdoor amphitheater and build as many as 400 residential units, retail space and a parking garage that the public could use. City officials have not closed the door to some sort of eventual deal although they
want to keep the amphitheater in Mizner Park. At the Nov. 27 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, council members said they will consider a redesign of the building or the addition of a retractable roof. The downtown has transformed dramatically over the past four years, with the addition of the 261-unit Camden Boca Raton rentals, the mixed-use Mark at CityScape, the 200-room Hyatt Place, the 378-unit Palmetto Promenade rentals and townhomes, the 229-unit Boca City Walk rentals and the Via Mizner rentals. That is exactly what city officials intended in 1982, when they created a redevelopment plan to breathe life into a moribund downtown. Through a resolution and ordinances, they established conditions for downtown development that allowed the 8 million square feet of construction. In 1989, the city partnered with Crocker & Company to acquire and develop the former Boca Mall site, and Mizner Park opened in 1991 as the first project to launch a revitalized downtown.
Building pace likely to slow
But officials expect the pace of development to slow, and it is doubtful other large-scale projects such as Mizner 200 will be built unless the city changes its rules. “I can already see the slowing of it somewhat,” said architect Derek Vander Ploeg. “The development community says the low-hanging fruit has been picked.” He can envision the construction of one or two more hotels, some office space, and a
limited number of condos and rental units. Keith O’Donnell, a principal with the commercial real estate firm Avison Young, expects to see some smaller boutique projects until all the 8 million square feet is gone. “I think it is highly unlikely there would be a big push beyond what we already have because that is what people voted for,” he said, referring to an ordinance approved in 1993 that incorporated the 8 millionsquare-foot limit. “I haven’t heard anyone talk of expanding the 8 million square feet.” Ignacio Diaz, co-owner and director of developer Group P6, agrees that the downtown’s growth spurt is nearing its end. “I do think development is going to slow down in downtown Boca,” he said. “There is enough capacity being created. There are not that many development rights left.”
Midtown area may be next
Diaz sees large-scale development moving elsewhere, and points to the Midtown project proposed by Crocker Partners on 300 acres between Interstate 95 and the Town Center at Boca Raton. Midtown is envisioned as a “live, work, play” area, with 2,500 residential units in a transit-oriented development where people will live and walk or take shuttles to their jobs in the area, shopping and restaurants. It has run into opposition by city officials, but negotiations are ongoing. “The next big thing to happen in the city is Midtown,” Diaz said. “It has huge development potential. It is vastly underdeveloped.” Ú
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So far, three recently built developments are at or near Boca Raton’s 140-foot limit for downtown, while three are under construction, approved or proposed.
Under construction Tower 155 199 E. Boca Raton Road Condo: 170 units Parking: 120,840 square feet Retail/Restaurant/Office: 1,105 square feet Height: 140 feet 327 Royal Palm 327 E. Royal Palm Road Condo: 24 units Parking: 29,887 square feet, 57 spaces for residents Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: 100 feet
Approved but not yet built Mizner 200 200 SE Mizner Blvd. Condo: 384 units Parking: 672 private spaces Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: 100 feet 375 Royal Palm 375 E. Royal Palm Road Assisted living: 193 units Parking: 44,841 square feet, 97 spaces for residents and employees Height: 100 feet Via Mizner Phases 2 and 3 700-998 S. Federal Hwy. Hotel/Condo: 164-room Mandarin Oriental hotel, 85 condos Parking: 391 spaces for hotel, 387 for condos Retail/Restaurant/Office: 41,706 square feet Height: 140 feet
Camden Boca Raton 131 S. Federal Hwy. Rental: 261 apartments Parking: 468 spaces Retail/Restaurant: none Height: 76 feet Hyatt Place 120 E. Palmetto Park Road Hotel: 200 rooms Parking: 115,345 square feet Retail/Restaurant: 8,000 square feet Height: 140 feet
Camino Square (above) 171 W. Camino Real Rental: 350 apartments Parking: Two garages with 631 spaces Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: Two buildings, both 77 feet
The Mark at CityScape 9 Plaza Real South Rental: 208 apartments Parking: 686 spaces (312 for residents) Retail/Restaurant: 23,299 square feet Height: 138 feet
475 Royal Palm 475 E. Royal Palm Road Condo: 48 units Parking: 117 spaces for condos, 100 spaces for Morgan Stanley building Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: 100 feet
Palmetto Promenade 349-425 E. Palmetto Park Road Rental: 353 apartments, 25 townhomes Parking: 730 spaces (includes two-car garages in townhomes) Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: 100 feet
Concierge 22 SE Sixth St. Assisted living, independent living, memory care: 110 units Parking: 127 private underground parking spaces Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: 98 feet
Boca City Walk 33 SE Eighth St. Rental: 229 apartments Parking: Seven-story parking garage Retail/Restaurant/Office: none Height: 100 feet Via Mizner Phase 1 101 E. Camino Real Rental: 366 units Parking: 284,146 square feet Retail/Restaurant/Office: 19,092 square feet Height: 140 feet
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The public has a new spot downtown to watch boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway. City officials opened the Wildflower site, at the northwest corner of the Palmetto Park Road bridge over the waterway, to pedestrians and vehicles on Nov. 27. The 2.3-acre parcel is mostly parking lot, and Boca Raton is letting motorists park there free. Foot traffic can enter through a gate at the base of the bridge; vehicles get in via Northeast Fifth Avenue. Workers for the city installed six park benches, repaired a troublesome crack in the site’s sea wall, opened gates to neighboring Silver Palm Park and freshened up the site with mulch. The park, which so far lacks a name, is open from 8 a.m. to dusk daily. “Possible hazards may exist,” a sign warns. “Entry and use at own risk.” The Wildflower site will also
Holiday celebration moving inside St. Lucy Church By Rich Pollack
Highland Beach’s annual Light Up the Holidays celebration is on the move. Traditionally held in the Town Hall parking lot, Light Up the Holidays 2017 will be held in the parish hall at St. Lucy Catholic Church beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. As in years past, the event will feature the lighting of a Christmas tree and a menorah, refreshments and a performance by the Dimensional Harmony Choir from Boynton Beach
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be open during the evening Dec. 16 as a viewing site for the Holiday Boat Parade. More changes are coming. The City Council hired engineers Applied Technology and Management Inc. on Nov. 28 to design a new sea wall for the parcel. On Dec. 11 the council will get an update from consultant EDSA Inc. on a master plan for Boca Raton’s waterfront parks. Boca Raton bought the land, at 551 E. Palmetto Park Road, eight years ago for $7.5 million. In July 2016, council members changed part of the vacant parcel’s land designations from residential to commercial to accommodate a long-planned restaurant. But voters decided the following November that all city-owned land on the Intracoastal should be for “public recreation, public boating access, public streets, and city storm water uses only.” The council changed the land designations to “recreation and open space” in June. Ú
High School. Also performing will be Nicholas Abrahams, a violinist, town resident and a senior at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The celebration will include blessings from Father Brian Horgan of St. Lucy’s and Rabbi Aviva Bass of Temple Sinai in Delray Beach and have a flag ceremony by Boca Raton High School’s Navy JROTC. St. Lucy’s is at 3510 S. Ocean Blvd. For more information, visit www.highlandbeach.us or call 278-4548. Ú
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City firefighter wins three national titles By Sallie James
Boca Raton’s Irena Elmstrom, left, placed first in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals with teammates Jacqueline Palmer, of Las Vegas, right, and Cheri Ardoin, of Lake Charles, La. in the Female Relay event. Photo provided by Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department
Imagine running a race where the venue is a five-story tower. Now imagine doing the climb in 45 pounds of broiling bunker gear. Up and down, as fast as you can go. Add hoisting, chopping, dragging a gigantic fire hose and rescuing a lifesized, 175-pound “victim,” and you have all the elements of a fearsome firefighter competition. Boca Raton firefighter/ paramedic Irena Elmstrom took top honors in the Scott
Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals in Texas in October. She also won a silver medal in the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships, which took place Oct. 23-28 in Louisville, Ky. Elmstrom has been a firefighter for 15 years and has been competing for 14 years. “I love it,” she said. It’s a given that it’s sweltering business. Bunker gear is heavy and hot, and training in Florida isn’t easy. Luckily, the gear used in competitions is lighter than standard firefighting gear because it doesn’t have as many pockets and extras as the gear
used on normal duty. But it’s still really hot. “It’s basically like a firefighting obstacle course,” Elmstrom said. Elmstrom earned the following titles at the Oct. 5-7 event: U.S. National Co-Ed Tandem Champions (1:30:15), Female Tandem Champions (1:58:36) and Female Relay Champions (1:48). Firefighters who competed with Elmstrom were David Bowman, of Charlotte, N.C. (Co-Ed Tandem); Jacqueline Palmer, of Las Vegas (Female Tandem and Female Relay); and Cheri Ardoin, of Lake Charles, La. (Female Relay). Ú
Museum gets money for repairs The Boca Raton Children’s Museum will receive a $100,000 city grant for repairs to a building known as the “cottage” at the popular museum, at 498 Crawford Blvd. City Council members approved the grant during the Nov. 14 council meeting. Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, a Boca Ratonbased nonprofit organization, took over the struggling entity in September 2014. An estimated 20,000 people annually visit the museum, according to Ellyn Okrent, chief executive of the Florence Fuller centers. In January 2016, City Council members approved $50,000 for building repairs and $30,000 for exhibit enhancements. — Sallie James
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City code violators could be ticketed on the spot By Sallie James
Noisy renters beware: Boca Raton is considering a new code enforcement tactic that would allow violators to be fined on the spot. “Direct ticketing” is an alternative city officials say would produce instant results. The current system relies on a time-consuming process that sends a suspect to a special magistrate who must then determine if a violation occurred. The subject came up at a Nov. 13 workshop during a discussion about how to curb code violations at rented singlefamily homes and duplexes. The city scrapped an initial proposal to register rentals because it seemed too involved. “I think instant ticketing will be a little more responsive to the neighbors who are suffering,” said Mayor Susan Haynie. Deputy City Manager George Brown said direct ticketing would be effective in nuisance cases such as excessive noise. “If that person believes they were not violating the code, they can go before a magistrate,” Brown said. “I think direct ticketing is probably a more effective tool because it addresses the violation as it occurs.” No sum for such potential fines has been established at this
time. The issue of nuisance violations and rental properties has largely focused on areas where owners have rented single-family homes to college students. Problems with noise, vehicles parking on unpaved areas, outside storage of personal items and property maintenance have cropped up in neighborhoods near Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University. The city reported 1,986 code violations last year that included overgrown vegetation outside homes, too many cars parked in certain areas and trash all over properties. But the total number of violations in 2016 was down 400 from the year before. Brown said the city has seen a “significant” reduction in those issues because of recent additions to code enforcement staff with added shifts on nights and weekends. Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers said a registration program would have been burdensome and created “a huge amount of infrastructure” compared to issuing direct fines. Council member Robert Weinroth agreed. “I like the direct ticketing. That is the answer,” Weinroth said. “I think it gets to the root of the problem.” The City Council is expected to revisit the issue soon. Ú
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Continued from page 1 while letters from residents supporting one commissioner or another make their way to Town Hall. Now, after months of bickering and constant interruptions, commissioners are taking steps to restore calm and end the infighting. At a meeting late last month, commissioners agreed to accept an 11-page document of conduct guidelines prepared by the town attorney’s office. In addition, the commission listened to a 20-minute presentation from Patricia McDougle, a professional registered parliamentarian, who explained appropriate parliamentary procedure. Feldman, who as mayor is charged with running commission meetings, said the outbursts had gotten to the point where commissioners had to take steps. “It’s definitely an issue and it has to be taken care of, but it has to be taken care of the right way,” he said. Having the code of conduct report from the attorney and having the presentation on parliamentary procedure, he said, are steps in the right direction. “In the past, there have been disagreements but we always agreed to disagree,” Feldman said. “We have to return to the civility of working together.” While there has been dissension on previous commissions — commissioners read the civility pledge now because of earlier dysfunction — the current discord reached new heights months after the March municipal election in which Feldman was elected mayor, Zelniker was re-elected and Riesa was elected to the commission seat vacated by Feldman when he resigned to run for mayor. “I have never seen the dissension and discord handed to another mayor in the 17 years I have been working with past mayors and elected officials,” Feldman said. The infighting includes accusations of harassment, bullying and disrespect against Weitz for a tirade of criticism and comments leveled at Riesa earlier last month, as well as counter claims by Weitz arguing that Riesa has harassed, disrespected and bullied staff and at least one vendor who appeared before the commission. In the written conduct guidelines for elected officials, prepared by Acting Town Attorney Pamala Ryan, a common theme throughout is the need for respect. “Demonstrating respect for each individual through words and actions is the touchstone that can help guide elected officials to do the right thing in even the most difficult situations,” according to the
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guidelines. The guidelines for interaction between commissioners reiterate the need for respect and admonish elected officials to avoid making belligerent, personal, impertinent, slanderous, threatening, abusive or disparaging comments. “No shouting, pointing, or physical actions that could be construed as threatening will be tolerated,” the guidelines state. The guidelines also spell out the need for commissioners to be respectful of town employees and of the public when interacting with members of either group whether in public or private. While the guidelines are short on specifics about what actions could be taken should a commissioner or commissioners fail to meet them, they do spell out in broad terms possible sanctions. “Elected officials who intentionally and repeatedly do not follow proper conduct may be reprimanded or formally censured by the Town Commission,” the report states. “Serious infractions could lead to other sanctions as deemed appropriate by the commission, including referring matters to the Palm Beach County Ethics Commission or the state of Florida Ethics Commission.” During their meeting in late November, commissioners
agreed in principle to the guidelines, but there were indications some members of the commission, including Riesa, would like to see stronger sanctions against those who don’t abide by the conditions outlined. Commissioners will be submitting recommendations to Ryan in the next few weeks and are expected to revisit the guidelines in January. “After hearing the presentation by Patricia McDougle and receiving the guidelines from the town attorney’s office, conducting ourselves by these guidelines should help eliminate discord and dissension,” Feldman said. The presentation by McDougle and guidelines followed comments at an earlier meeting from resident Carol Stern, whose husband, Lou Stern, served on the commission until shortly before his death in February. “Highland Beach is a small, beautiful community and it should be run and taken care of without the chaos that is being seen at these meetings,” she said. Stern called out the commission for being argumentive and “not nice to each other” or to others who speak in the public setting. “This is not to say that you are not good intending people,” she said. “But you have to turn down the animosity.” Ú
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MANALAPAN — Louis DeStefano served two terms as an elected official on the Manalapan Town Commission, but perhaps his greatest public service was as the community’s unofficial spiritual counselor. When illness struck friends and town employees, they could expect Mr. DeStefano to come around with an herbal milkshake or vitamin supplement to hasten their recovery. When the town’s yoga and tai chi classes couldn’t make ends meet, Mr. DeStefano was there to write a check to keep them afloat. In 2013, Mr. DeStefano opened Tranquility Park on a site adjacent to the town’s library as a tribute to his mother, Phyllis, a longtime Manalapan resident. The park has a gazebo, a walking path, a dog fountain and, on most days, a striking view of the sunset. “The gazebo isn’t like most gazebos,” says Town Clerk Lisa Petersen, who helped Mr. DeStefano design the project.
Louis DeStefano “It isn’t raised, and that had a purpose. Louis decided to do it flat on the ground so Phyllis could roll onto it easily with her wheelchair.” Petersen says that was typical of Mr. DeStefano’s concern for others. “There was no one else like him.” Mr. DeStefano was 75 when he died on Nov. 2, four years after the death of his beloved mother at 97. The grandson of Italian immigrants, Mr. DeStefano grew up in Brooklyn and built a successful career in business as president and owner of Cartolith, a specialty paper and film company. In recent years, Mr. DeStefano was the CEO of Theramedix, a pharmaceutical enzyme company in Boynton Beach. “He was extremely generous,” says Marcelle Miller, who now resides in Flagler Beach and knew Mr. DeStefano for 30 years. “When he sold his business, he gave the employees some of the profits. He lent people money knowing he’d never get it back. Much of what he did stayed anonymous.” When former Mayor Peter Blum, who served on the Town Commission for nearly three decades, was ready to
leave in 2010, he turned to Mr. DeStefano to take his place. “I said, ‘Louis, please. Do this. The town needs you,’” Blum recalls. “He agreed and he followed in my footsteps and did a great job, like I knew he would. Louis loved the town. He was a good guy, and the town will miss him.” A 25-year resident of Manalapan, Mr. DeStefano was appointed the town’s vice mayor by the commission in 2011. He resigned his seat three years later, saying he wanted to devote more time to business and yoga. “I’ve always tried to be fair with everyone,” he said when asked about his service. “I tried to listen.” Petersen says that, in recent months, Mr. DeStefano was easy to find around sunset, sitting quietly on a bench in Tranquility Park. “He’d say he was talking to mom there,” Petersen says. The family of Louis DeStefano requests that, instead of flowers, donations go to Tranquility Park. Contributions will be used for the park’s maintenance. Please make checks to the Town of Manalapan/Tranquility Park, 600 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL 33462.
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BRINY BREEZES — John “Jack” Lee arrived in Briny Breezes back in 1958 as an 8-year-old from Central Illinois and instantly forged what would be an enduring relationship with the mobile home park on the ocean. Mr. Lee would visit Briny dozens of times over the three decades that followed, while he was establishing a successful career as a mental health professional in Illinois. He would leave Briny but Briny never left him — he told friends the town “gets in your blood” and stays there. In 1995, he bought his parents’ mobile home and became a permanent resident of the town, working as a case management supervisor for the 45th Street Mental Health Center in West Palm Beach. In 2001, Briny Breezes’ Town Council appointed him mayor and he served for six years. Last March, the council, faced with a difficult agenda of administrative change, appointed Mr. Lee to the position again. “I’m good at building relationships,” Mayor Lee told council members. He
promised to help them tighten the budget and protect what he called “Briny values.” “He asked a lot of questions about how the town was being run,” says Alderman Jim McCormick. “He moved the ball.” Mr. Lee’s second term as mayor appeared to be just taking off when he surprised the council with the announcement he was resigning his seat in October, citing personal reasons. On Nov. 2, he died unexpectedly in the Boynton Beach office where he had continued work as a practicing psychotherapist. Mr. Lee was 68. Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Ann, in Briny Breezes and several adult children and stepchildren living in the Midwest. During his first term in office, Mayor Lee helped the town navigate through the grandiose overtures of developers who talked of a $510 million deal to buy Briny Breezes and make its residents instant millionaires. He said it was unthinkable “to sell your hometown.” Mr. Lee was fond of telling friends that his greatest achievement as mayor was something more mundane than big real estate deals. “When we appointed him mayor,” says Council
President Sue Thaler, “he told us the thing he was proudest of was getting rid of dog beach.” In 2004, thanks to Mayor Lee’s lobbying and the objections of Briny’s residents, the county scrapped a plan to allow dogs on a narrow strip of beach south of the town. “Jack was a lifelong resident of Briny,” Thaler said, “and his death is shocking to all of us.” Gulf Stream Town Clerk Rita Taylor was a Briny alderwoman during Mr. Lee’s first term as mayor. “When I served on council with Jack a number of years ago, I found him very dedicated to preserving the town and making sure it fulfilled its responsibilities as town to the residents,” Taylor said. Edith Behm, a member of one of the town’s charter families, knew Mr. Lee since the 1960s, when they spent their teen years in Briny. She expressed the thoughts of many longtime residents about Mr. Lee’s death: “The community of Briny Breezes will not be the same without him.” A memorial service was held Nov. 19 at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach.
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Obituaries By Rich Pollack HIGHLAND BEACH — As mayor of Highland Beach from 1989 to 1993, Joseph Boulay made it a point to have an opendoor policy and to try his best to solve any problem residents brought to him. “You could go to him with anything,” his wife, Dottie, said. “He was a go-to kind of guy.” Following the conclusion of his second two-year term as mayor, Mr. Boulay and his wife moved to Florida’s west coast to be near family and were living in Palm Harbor when he died on Oct. 15. He was 89.
Joseph Boulay A well-respected boat dealer in the Baltimore area, Mr. Boulay and his wife moved to Highland Beach in 1984 and quickly fell in love with the town. “He really cared about Highland Beach,” Dottie Boulay said. After a stint on the town’s planning board, Mr. Boulay decide to run for mayor, bringing with him a promise of a welcome change in the town’s governance. His willingness to listen and to be a part of the community helped him easily win a second term. The fact that he set up a card table on A1A and listened to residents walking by probably helped his campaign and his reputation as a mayor who
would listen. “He was very interested in everybody and he never said a mean word to anyone,” said his wife of 66 years. “He really wanted everyone to be happy.” An active member and usher at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Highland Beach, Mr. Boulay was also an early proponent of building a reverse-osmosis water treatment plant so the town wouldn’t have to rely on neighboring communities for water service. The plant was built after he left office. If there was a down side to his public service, his wife said, it was that his work on behalf of residents kept him away from something he loved to do — fishing. “Once he got involved in the
town, he couldn’t go fishing quite as often as he wanted to,” Dottie Boulay said. A graduate of Loyola University Maryland in his hometown of Baltimore, Mr. Boulay early in his career worked in the auto retail industry before joining his father-in-law in the boat business. He later took over the business and was the distributor of Chris-Craft marine engines and parts for five states. In the 1970s, he became known for his success as an early retailer of Boston Whalers. A member of the board of the National Soap Box Derby, Mr. Boulay was also active in many organizations while in Maryland. He was a past president of the Maryland
Marine Dealers and Brokers Association and served on an advisory board of the Baltimore public schools. He was also a devoted family man, proud of the couple’s three sons: Dr. Joseph Boulay Jr., of St. Petersburg; Richard Boulay, who took over the family boat business when his father retired; and retired Navy Cmdr. William Boulay. In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Boulay is survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Nov. 11 at the Alumni Memorial Chapel at Loyola University Maryland.
Robert ‘Smitty’ Smith By Willie Howard COUNTY POCKET — Robert “Smitty” Smith, an accomplished craftsman and a member of a pioneering wave of surfers who helped popularize the sport in Palm Beach County during the 1960s, died Oct. 31 of heart failure at his apartment in the County Pocket. He was 71. Also known as Bob, Mr. Smith was best known for his long affiliation with Nomad Surf Shop, a focal point for area surfers founded in 1968 by Ron Heavyside, who befriended Mr. Smith the day he arrived in Briny Breezes on Oct. 31, 1962. Mr. Smith helped Heavyside remodel the buildings that became the surf shop and helped maintain them over the years. He was a well-known handyman in Briny Breezes and Gulf Stream, accomplished in carpentry, plumbing and electrical work as well as painting and wallpapering, trades learned from his father. Heavyside said Mr. Smith was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Briny Breezes with his father, Ben, and stepmother, Mary. After attending Seacrest High School in Delray Beach, Mr. Smith took the entrance exam for the Air Force and scored so high that he went out and bought a new Chevy Corvair Monza convertible, longtime friend Dana Littlefield said. But the Air Force rejected Mr. Smith because of poor hearing in his left ear. “He would have gone places because he was really smart,” Littlefield said. Mr. Smith was not able to return to high school after his attempt to join the military, Heavyside said. He went to work with his father in the painting and wallpapering
business and later spent time in California and Tennessee before returning to the Briny Breezes area. Littlefield and Heavyside recalled carefree times they enjoyed with Mr. Smith in the 1960s and ’70s, including camping on the beach and boisterous beach parties. During one night of beach camping, a front came through and pushed waves up the dune, pulling Mr. Smith into the surf in his sleeping bag. He was such a heavy sleeper that he didn’t wake up, but was mad as a hornet when he finally did, Littlefield recalled. Heavyside’s sons, Ronnie and Ryan, remember Mr. Smith as an avuncular figure who was quick with a joke and sometimes grumpy but always willing to share his knowledge of how to build and repair things. Gemma Dinanath of Gulfstream Texaco said Mr. Smith installed the lighted sign bearing the Texaco star at the gas station just north of Briny Breezes Town Hall. “He was a very smart guy,” Dinanath said, but noted that he shied away from doctors and hospitals that could have helped him with health problems in his later years. Mr. Smith enjoyed lounging in the chairs in front of the Texaco station office, talking with friends, drinking Budweiser and smoking Marlboro 100s, Dinanath said. Ronnie Heavyside said Mr. Smith helped him mend a wooden fence damaged by Hurricane Irma a few days before he died, even though he was very weak. “Anything you needed help with you could ask Bob and he would know,” said James Russell, a longtime friend of the Heavyside family. James Arena, a real estate broker who grew up surfing the waters off Briny Breezes, said Mr. Smith was like a father to many of the area’s young
surfers. “He treated us all like we were his kids,” Arena said. “Everybody knows him in Briny. It’s definitely the loss of an icon around here.” As a surfer in his younger days, Mr. Smith garnered respect on the waves. He continued to paddle out now and then in recent years, even as his frame withered from the effects of diabetes. “He was one of the bulls who would go out when it was really
rough,” said Tom Warnke, a longtime surfer who attended Seacrest High School with Mr. Smith in the 1960s. “He hardly ever wore a wetsuit, either.” In his heyday, Mr. Smith was a muscular man about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair, a beard and a penchant for big waves. “He was a big guy, strong and just totally cool,” Littlefield said. A tattered newspaper photo hanging on the wall at Nomad
Surf Shop shows Mr. Smith and friends in his 1937 Plymouth, windshield folded down, surfboards jutting out over the hood. “He was a waterman,” Ron Heavyside said. “He liked riding the big waves.” Members of the Heavyside family organized a group “paddle out” into the ocean in honor of Mr. Smith in late November. His ashes were scattered in the waves.
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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Sandra Featherman
ere in South Florida, especially in Highland Beach, Sandra Featherman is known mostly as the wife of the town’s previous mayor, Bernard Featherman. Go north to Maine, however, where the couple lived for many years, or to Philadelphia, where she grew up, and you’ll discover Sandra Featherman is well known in her own right. “Here I am Bernard Featherman’s wife,” she says. “In Maine, I’m President Featherman.” The title comes from her 11 years as president of the University of New England, a private university in southern Maine, between Kennebunkport to the south and Portland to the north. Although she left the university in 2006, Featherman remains president emeritus and is still recognized for her accomplishments, which include overseeing the creation of the university’s school of osteopathic medicine, its school of pharmacy and its school of dentistry. To label Featherman, 83, as “just” a college president, however, would be an injustice. She is also a well-respected political scientist, an author of books and more than 50 professional papers, a television- and radio-show host, a social activist and a philanthropist. Even now, after more than a decade of retirement, Featherman stays busy serving as a commissioner of accreditation for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a role that takes her on occasional visits to colleges and universities across the country. She is also a member of several boards, including the University of Maine School of Law Foundation. In Florida, she is on the board of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland and the board of Gulf Stream School. Her understanding of higher education is based on decades of experience, including four years as vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. That experience helped her as she wrote her recent book, Higher Education at Risk: Strategies to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Tuition, and Stay Competitive in a Disruptive Environment. Featherman is well regarded as a political scientist with a knack for accurately predicting election outcomes, especially local elections. She did not try to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, however, believing it would be too close to call. “I’m a very good election prognosticator,” she says. “I understand politics, it’s in my bones.”
Sandra Featherman of Highland Beach has spent much of her life as an educator, including 11 years as president of the University of New England in southern Maine. She recently wrote a book about solving problems in higher education in this country. “I care about education,” she says. “I really care.” Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star Her skills earned her regular election-night appearances on local television stations and to being quoted in newspapers across the country, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. As an activist in the areas of education, women’s rights and civil rights, Featherman has joined and led many organizations, including the presidency of the PTA of Philadelphia while her two sons were growing up. She also served on the board of the Community College of Philadelphia for 21 years, including a stint as chair. “I care about education,” she said. “I really care.” Part of that stems from her upbringing in a household where her mother struggled after the death of her father when she was in her late teens. “We were very poor when I went to college,” she said. “I saw education as a way forward for everybody.” Although she says she is selective in the causes she supports both with participation and philanthropy, Featherman still stays involved in many organizations. “I can’t help it,” she says. “It’s who I am. When I see a problem, I want to fix it.” If there is a reward for her efforts, it is the sense of
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After 35 years in the addictions treatment industry, Nancy Steiner should be able to retire at 71, feeling good about the lives she helped to save. As founder and manager of the Sanctuary, a high-end trio of recovery residences in Delray Beach, she has helped 250 people who have passed through in search of sobriety during its nearly 13 years of existence. Each residence houses five people. But her retirement will be bittersweet. When the Crossroads at Antigua Foundation board members met in July, they decided to close the Sanctuary in December when the last residents leave, citing Steiner’s retirement and the recovery industry’s troubles in Delray Beach. The foundation plans to sell the homes and use the money to provide scholarships to its Crossroads Centre facility located on Antigua in the West Indies. The foundation owns the Delray Beach property and supports the operation of the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary’s homes were not yet on the market as of late November. The county Property Appraiser’s Office has valued them between $396,729 for the smallest one to $567,091 for the largest. Homes usually sell for more than the market values set by the Property Appraiser’s Office.
Nancy Steiner sits at one of the Sanctuary recovery homes. The Crossroads at Antigua Foundation board plans to close the Delray Beach operation as Steiner retires. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star “The main thing was that Nancy was retiring,” said Nicos Peraticos, CEO of the Crossroads Centre. The Antigua center has a detox unit with a full-time nursing staff and a full-time physician, Steiner said. It also has 30 beds in two wings for sober living, allowing men to sleep separately from women. Guitarist Eric Clapton, who struggles with substance abuse, founded the center in 1998. The month before the board members met, two national
news outlets ran stories about patient brokering and other abusive practices in the recovery industry in Delray Beach. “We considered [Delray] a dangerous environment that we did not want to continue in,” Peraticos said. NBC Sunday Night News led its June 25 broadcast with Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg — who has received state money to create a Sober Homes Task Force. He said “most of the apples are rotten” when talking about the
drug rehab business in South Florida. The same month, The New York Times ran a story that called Delray Beach the relapse capital of the country. Poorly run treatment centers have been proven to be making more money off drug addicts who relapse than recover. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein was interviewed for both reports. He still considers Delray Beach to be “very dangerous” and would advise any parents outside the immediate area not to send their children here for recovery help.
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The city and state are working to keep the “bad actors” from running treatment centers and sober homes. “We and every other city absolutely need ethical patientdriven recovery/treatment providers, like the Sanctuary,” Glickstein wrote in a November email. “Part of the problem with the tidal wave of unscrupulous profit-over-patient operators is that it has made it more difficult for the responsible operators to work.” Aronberg also is tempering his message, said Al Johnson, his chief assistant who runs the Sober Homes Task Force. “The Sanctuary closing is a sad byproduct of this environment with 592 overdose deaths countywide last year,” Johnson said. “We are turning the corner. It’s like trying to turn a battleship, it goes slowly.” Steiner sits on the Sober Homes Task Force and on the Delray Beach Drug Task Force. Before running the Sanctuary, Steiner spent three years working at the Antigua Crossroads as clinical outreach and marketing director. Steiner and her husband bought three Delray Beach homes between 2004 and 2006 and turned them into recovery residences. Then, the Crossroads
foundation purchased the Osceola Park homes and asked Steiner to run them. Residents pay $4,700 a month. The cost covers a double room, linens, towels, a beach towel, and laundry and cleaning supplies. Each person is responsible for his own meals, except for the Sunday night community meal that is mandatory. “Ninety-five percent of what we have is structure and accountability,” Steiner said. “I knew treatment alone was just not enough — keeping them ‘planted in recovery’ and using the tools they learned in treatment was the continuum of care needed.” A New Jersey native, Steiner received her nursing degree from Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Her addictions industry career began in 1981 when she worked as a detox nurse in a Peoria, Ill., hospital. She moved to Florida in 1993 to become nursing director at the now-closed Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs in West Palm Beach. She later worked at Fair Oaks Pavilion, Hanley Hazelden and LifeSkills South Florida. Steiner served on the original board of the National Association of Recovery Residences. She founded the Florida Association of Recovery Residences, helped to write its standards and served two years as its president.
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One of these standards involves being a good neighbor. Steiner wanted the Sanctuary to have a low profile and insisted that its van and residents’ vehicles park in the rear of the homes. To give back to the community, residents help to clean a nearby city park each week, Steiner said. A few years after the Sanctuary opened, one of the homes housed women, but it now caters to men only. The homes are certified, registered with the city, operate on an allcash basis and provide residents with sober living and life skills. Sanctuary residents don’t overwhelm the city’s public safety departments with overdose calls. In the past three years, no emergency calls were made to the Sanctuary addresses, according to the Delray Beach Police Department. Vice Mayor Jim Chard, who lives next door to the Sanctuary homes, was initially disappointed that his neighbors were transient residents. Sanctuary clients must stay for three months but the average stay is six months, Steiner said. “My thinking has evolved over time,” Chard said. “I got to know the management and they are very committed to their profession. … They go beyond what is required for their residents.” Ú
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South Palm Beach council members have cut their list of candidates for the vacant town manager position down to three, and Mayor Bonnie Fischer hopes to offer one of them a contract before the end of the year. “We want to get this filled as quickly as possible,” she said. Vice Mayor Robert Gottlieb said: “These are outstanding candidates. It’s an honor for this town to have that kind of response.” The council picked the three finalists during a special meeting on Nov. 16 after considering the resumes of at least seven candidates. The town manager’s job opened in October when the council abruptly terminated Bob Vitas through a unanimous vote of no-confidence. Vitas and council members bickered for months over the details of his new contract, including cost-of-living raises and the requirement in a charter provision that calls for an annual review — which he never received. Since his ouster, Town Clerk Maylee DeJesus and Police Chief Carl Webb have taken over the manager’s administrative duties. With plans for a beach stabilization project in the works and considering a possible renovation of the Town Hall building, the council can ill-afford to go too long without a manager on the scene. The contract is expected to call for a salary of around $100,000, with merit raises possible only at the council’s discretion, and a six-month probation period. The finalists are: • Mike Hein, who has worked the last two years as the assistant town manager in Longboat Key. Before coming to Florida, he was city manager of Tucson, Ariz., for four years and then Pima County’s director of emergency management and homeland security. Hein told the Town Council he gained considerable experience with beach projects when he oversaw a renourishment plan in Longboat Key that called for hauling in 16,000 dump trucks (430,000 cubic yards) of sand. South Palm Beach hopes to begin a beach stabilization project late next year. During the 1990s, Hein worked as the town manager of Marana, Ariz., and also took on budget issues for the Nogales, Ariz., finance department.
He was also the city of South Tucson’s director of economic development. Hein holds an undergraduate degree from Wisconsin -Stevens Point, and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona. Hein also did postgraduate work at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. • Teresa Lamar-Sarno is special assistant to the city manager of Stuart. A certified planner, for the last 10 years she has served as the city’s community redevelopment administrator. Lamar-Sarno told the council she has experience in social media — Facebook, Twitter and website construction — and could help South Palm Beach develop its Internet connections, an improvement Gottlieb has frequently supported. LamarSarno told the council she has experience in grant writing that could bring in money for social media development. Originally from Brooklyn, Lamar-Sarno earned a master’s degree in political science and government from the University of Central Florida. • Mo Thornton is known to many government officials in Palm Beach County. For the last 21 years, she has worked as the manager for the City of Atlantis and has served as treasurer of the county League of Cities for 20 years. Thornton told council members that the many contacts she has made throughout South Florida would be valuable to the town. Thornton’s first job in Atlantis was as the city’s bookkeeper in 1989, and she then became its finance director. Thornton has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Earlier this year, she did some consulting work for South Palm Beach, advising the counsel on how to go about selecting an auditing firm. Thornton is originally from St. Paul, Minn. In other business: During the regular town meeting on Nov. 28, the council unanimously approved a contract hiring Grau & Associates as the new South Palm Beach auditors. The Pinecrest firm replaces Nowlen, Holt & Miner of West Palm Beach who worked for the town for many years. Grau agreed to an eight-year contract that starts at $18,000 annually and increases to $21,500 in 2024. Ú
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at this time. The issue of nuisance violations and rental properties has largely focused on areas where owners have rented single-family homes to college students. Problems with noise, vehicles parking on unpaved areas, outside storage of personal items and property maintenance have cropped up in neighborhoods near Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University. The city reported 1,986 code violations last year that included overgrown vegetation outside homes, too many cars parked in certain areas and trash all over properties. But the total number of violations in 2016 was down 400 from the year before. Brown said the city has seen a “significant” reduction in those issues because of recent additions to code enforcement staff with added shifts on nights and weekends. Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers said a registration program would have been burdensome and created “a huge amount of infrastructure” compared to issuing direct fines. Council member Robert Weinroth agreed. “I like the direct ticketing. That is the answer,” Weinroth said. “I think it gets to the root of the problem.” The City Council is expected to revisit the issue soon. Ú
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Crime in South Palm Beach County’s five coastal communities remained low during the first half of 2017, dropping more than 20 percent from the same time last year, according to statistics released late last month from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The number of crimes dropped in both Gulf Stream and Ocean Ridge, with Gulf Stream reporting five crimes in the first six months of this year — two fewer than in the same period last year. The total number of crimes in Ocean Ridge dropped almost 60 percent, from 47 in the first half of last year to 19 during the same time period this year.
South Palm Beach and Manalapan experienced two more crimes each during the first half of 2017 than during the same time frame last year. Highland Beach had an increase in total crimes from 12 in the first half of 2016 to 22 in the first half of this year. “Sometimes we see increases in the number of crimes reported because we ask people to report any and all crimes,” Highland Beach Police Chief Craig Hartmann said. “We’re fortunate that most of the crimes reported were minor with minimal losses.” Of the area’s larger cities, Boca Raton saw an 8 percent increase; Lantana was up 20 percent. Delray Beach saw a 4 percent decrease while Boynton Beach — which provides police
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months of this year, dropping from 24,172 crimes in the first six months of 2016 to 23,804 in the first six months of this year. Statewide, crime dropped by
about 2 percent. Ocean Ridge was plagued by thefts from unlocked cars and motor vehicle thefts in 2016. However, police created an awareness campaign focused on the need to lock cars and protect valuables. The program, as well as changes in patrol techniques, may have played a significant role in reducing those crimes. “We had a very impactful public education campaign, not just here but countywide,” Ocean Ridge Police Chief Hal Hutchins said. “Not only is the public more vigilant, but so are police officers.” Overall larcenies in Ocean Ridge totaled 37, of which 23 were thefts from vehicles, in the first six months of 2016. The number of larcenies in the same period this year dropped to nine, including five thefts from vehicles. Ocean Ridge also saw a significant drop in motor vehicle thefts, with seven reported in the first half of last year and only one reported in the same time frame this year. Hutchins suspects some of the motor vehicle thefts last year were because the owners left the keys in their unlocked vehicles. There were no indications that ignition systems had been tampered with on the stolen cars that were recovered. Keys left in cars also played a role in crimes in Highland Beach. The number of stolen cars increased from one in the first six months of last year to five in the same period this year. Hartmann said the keys had been left in three of the five cars reported stolen. To reduce the number of thefts from vehicles and stolen cars, Highland Beach police launched a massive educational campaign in May. The campaign included delivering door hangers with crime prevention tips and spreading the word through presentations at condo and homeowners associations along with other means of communication. Hartmann said the department also recently installed a license-plate recognition system and took steps to increase law enforcement visibility. Ú
Briny interviews three for new manager’s job No. 1 priority,” Burke told the council, saying she believes Briny Breezes Town Council Briny can cut spending. members have interviewed She has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in criminology three finalists for the newly created town manager position from Barry University. A and hope to have it filled by the marathon runner, Burke owned and operated the Delray end of the year. In all, seven candidates Beach Running Store until applied for the part-time job selling it recently. • Dale Sugerman: With 40 with an annual salary of about years’ experience in municipal $50,000. After two hours of management and 29 years of it interviews on Nov. 17, council in Florida, Sugerman told the members said they were council there isn’t much about pleasantly surprised with the running a town’s business that qualifications of the finalists. “People said we’d have he hasn’t seen before: “Nothing a hard time getting good will take me by surprise.” He was the town manager candidates because we’re a in Highland Beach from 2005 small town,” said Alderman to 2011 and an assistant city Bobby Jurovaty. “These are manager in Boynton Beach good candidates.” Alderwoman Christina and Delray Beach. In 1989, he Adams also wants the council became the first manager in to consider a fourth option: Sunrise’s history, taking the Special District Services, job after the Broward County Inc. With an office in Palm city changed its form of Beach Gardens, SDS creates government. Sugerman has an extensive and manages special taxing record of working with FEMA, districts throughout the state. holding 13 certificates for The company was among the training courses. He said he original seven applicants and says it can handle management will try to promote a culture that is “appreciative of the of a town, using a team differences” to diminish approach with its staff of the discord between Briny’s specialists. Council President Sue corporation and the town. Thaler is seeking legal advice He holds a doctorate in global leadership from Lynn from Town Attorney John Skrandel to determine whether University and bachelor’s degree from the University of the council can consider the Cincinnati. company’s application or • Dan Winters: Over the last whether the position must be 30 years, Winters has helped filled by an individual. Thaler said the council develop parks and recreation planned to discuss the next systems in Palm Beach and steps in the manager’s hiring at Broward counties. He was the town meeting Nov. 30. director of leisure services TALENT & EXPERIENCE WITH RESULTS THAT COUNT The three finalists are: in Greenacres for a decade • Annmarie Burke: beginning in 1987 and helped Originally from Brooklyn, develop a park system from Burke had a 24-year career scratch. He also has worked with the Palm Beach County in the private sector as a Sheriff’s Office during which consultant for Pompano Beach. Winters said he has forged she rose to rank of captain working relationships with supervisor. She was the first county officials over the years woman in the department to and will draw on those to run a patrol district. Burke told the council that, benefit Briny Breezes. He told as an emergency responder, the council that he knows she gained experience dealing how to deal with government with the Federal Emergency budgets (“like shooting fish Management Agency. She also in a barrel”) and write grants. helped negotiate collective But he said his priority is to bargaining agreements for the improve relations between the sheriff’s office. town and corporation. “It’s almost like ‘them’ and As a sheriff’s supervisor ‘us’ now,” he said. “My goal at Palm Beach International would be to make it ‘we.’” Airport, she wrote a federal Winters has a bachelor’s grant that enabled the degree from Wittenberg Transportation Security University and did postAdministration to acquire graduate work at the University explosive detection dogs. “The budget will be my of Georgia. Ú
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The veterans enjoy lunch at 50 Ocean following a day at nSpa in Delray Beach. The 10 women were honored for their service by the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They also were recognized during the city’s Veterans Day ceremony and attended a lecture at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Photo provided we could ever ask for,” said U.S. Marine Sgt. Judith Kephart, a retired nurse. “The massages, manicures and pedicures were much appreciated. The ladies of the DAR really know what women enjoy to feel pampered and appreciated. We made new friends and we will never forget the special treatment.” Besides Kephart, honored veterans were Jennifer Hughes, Army (retired); Violet Galloway, Army enlisted veteran; Laquantis Morton, Army enlisted veteran; Yvette Avila, Army enlisted veteran; Eileen
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Delray Beach Fashion Week swim and surf show models pose near the railroad tracks for the 2017 event. The 2018 Fashion Week is scheduled for Jan. 24-28. Tickets are available online. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit two local charities. Photo provided
Douglas Elliman agents Zaicha Martell-Spodak and Gayle Clark were named to lead sales at 3550 South Ocean condominiums in South Palm Beach. It’s a DDG development, and construction is expected to be completed early 2019. Each of the 30 two- and threebedroom residences will have direct elevator access, entry foyers, balconies, direct water views and layouts ranging from 2,700 to over 3,000 square feet. Five penthouses, with ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views, will have rooftop terraces with plunge pools and outdoor kitchens. The design team includes Garcia Stromberg of Palm Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture of Miami and Champalimaud of New York. KAST Construction is the general contractor. The sales office is in Plaza del Mar at 205 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. For information call 232-2976, email email@example.com, or visit www.3550southocean.com. Kaufman Lynn Construction, a construction management and general contracting company, has moved to new 23,298-squarefoot headquarters at 3185 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach. Since establishing itself as part of the community in 1989 with a team of 10, Kaufman Lynn Construction has grown into a multimillion-dollar company, with 130 associates. Abbey Delray senior living community broke ground in November on a $36 million expansion and redevelopment project. The expansion will add 48 assisted-living apartments, 30 memory-support suites, a new dining venue and enlarged meeting spaces. Abbey Delray is at 2000 Lowson Blvd., Delray Beach. The old Beachway Therapy Center on North Federal Highway in Delray Beach is becoming the Delray Oasis
Business Park. The .75-acre property contains five small buildings from five decades, said David Marulli, an owner. “They will be unified through the Mediterranean style of architecture,” he said. The renovated buildings will have barrel tile roofs, canopies and trellises. Marulli and partner Howard Dean, of Tarrytown, New York, found the property listing on the Loopnet.com site. They paid $1.59 million for the property in March 2016. Their first tenant was Loosen Up Massage. Twelve blocks north of Atlantic Avenue, Delray Oasis is a viable alternative to that highrent district, Marulli said. The partners secured a $50,000 Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency grant in June to help with exterior upgrades of nearly $400,000, Marulli said. One tenant, the Family Yoga Zen Zone, received a $6,000 CRA rent-assistance grant. The complex is about 80 percent leased, with rents ranging between $35 and $50 a square foot, Marulli said. This year, Florida Redevelopment Association honored the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, city of Delray Beach and Delray Beach Community Land Trust for their Courtyards on 12th Workforce Housing Project partnership. The Courtyards on 12th project, consisting of six duplexes, adds to the city’s affordable housing stock. In 2012, the CRA, Delray Beach and Palm Beach County funded the beautification of SW 12th Avenue and two other streets, along with adjacent alleyways. They then acquired and renovated the first five duplexes in 2013, and partnered with Delray Beach Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that specializes in affordable housing. In 2016, the remaining duplex was purchased and renovated. The Boca Chamber celebrated its 65th annual gala in October at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The event honored Ethel Isaacs Williams, who will serve a second term as
chair of the board of directors during the coming year. Also, Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and his leadership team were presented with the M.J. “Mike” Arts Award of Excellence, for the impact they’ve had on the Boca Raton community. Bring the children to see Santa, and visit Delray Beach’s “famous 100-foot Christmas tree,” which is brand new this year, says Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, which puts on the city’s holiday celebrations. Other holiday happenings throughout the month include The Holiday Boat Parade, the Holiday Parade, Screen on the
Green, the Menorah Lighting, and the family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration in Old School Square Park from 5 to 9 p.m. with fireworks. Also, in partnership with nonprofits, donations can be dropped off at the Gingerbread House located next to the Christmas tree in Old School Square during December. For a list of local nonprofits participating, as well as a detailed schedule of events, visit www.100ftChristmasTree.com. VIP passes, priced at $160, for Delray Beach Fashion Week, Jan. 24-28, are available online. Ticket proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children. The
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After big year for nests, initiative to protect turtles expands to Boynton Inlet By Steve Plunkett
Sea turtles nested on South County beaches in mostly record numbers in 2017. “We had a record-breaking year, and so did many other beaches along the east coast of Florida,” turtle monitor Jackie Kingston told the Gulf Stream Town Commission on Nov. 9, nine days after nesting season ended. Gulf Stream proper had 806 sea turtle nests from March 1 to Oct. 31, said Kingston, who monitors the beaches from about Woolbright Road to George Bush Boulevard. Her 3-mile stretch counted 1,077 nests. “This is a great beach for sea turtle nesting. It’s very high-density, the majority of it is private, the homeowners do a great job of shielding the lights during nesting season, and it’s really a prime location,” Kingston said. Highland Beach, also with 3 miles of sand, reported even better results. Barbara James said her monitors recorded 3,721 exits from the ocean with 1,829, or 49 percent, resulting in nests. “It’s a large number for a short beach,” James said. Curiously, James said, a “huge number” of loggerheads crawled up on the sand in July but did not dig nests. If they had, their eggs would have been hatching about the same time as Hurricane Irma struck in early September. “Maybe they know about the hurricanes two months in
advance,” James said. Boca Raton logged 1,072 nests, up from 785 in the previous year but below the record 1,178 posted in 2013. Green turtles dug 300 nests (up from 38 in 2016), leatherbacks only five (down from 18) and loggerheads 767 (up from 729). The city has 5 miles of beaches. Monitors in South Palm Beach recorded approximately 380 nests. Kingston, the Gulf Stream monitor, also heads a nonprofit group, Sea Turtle Adventures, that brought a program called the Responsible Pier Initiative to the Boynton Inlet on Nov. 18. Volunteers installed collection canisters for used fishing line in Ocean Inlet Park and put up signs telling fishermen what to do and whom to call if they accidentally catch a sea turtle. The canisters will be emptied regularly and the monofilament line recycled. The initiative, started by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, is now at more than 50 locations and has resulted in the rescue of more than 220 sea turtles that were hooked or entangled in fishing lines, Kingston said. “We’re really excited to bring it here to Boynton Inlet,” she said. “Thousands of people visit Ocean Inlet Park every single year, and I think it’s about time we increase the environmental visibility there and show that we’re doing the right thing for the community and the fishermen that are out there.” Ú
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ART draws Paintings by the Delray Art League line the wall behind Boynton Beach resident Brian Schoch at the Boynton Beach City Library. The art show, ‘Destinations in Art,’ continues through Jan. 4. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
Forget galleries. Local libraries are home to paintings and photography that bring in more visitors.
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Libraries aren’t just for books. They are wonderful showcases for contemporary art. Highland Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Manalapan libraries all host art exhibits from local artists. By opening their doors and bringing in art, these libraries get a creative draw to bring in new visitors. “The very basic, basic purpose is to bring visitors to the library,” says Debby Coles-Dobay, public arts manager for the
city of Boynton Beach. “We have a lot of visitors who come for our exhibits all the way from Jupiter and down to Miami.” Underwater and other types of photography, fiber art, mixed media, collages, oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastel, pencil, charcoal, historical images and 3-D wall art have all been showcased at the Boynton Beach City Library. To participate in the city’s Art in Public Places program, begun in 2009, artists must present their proposals for an exhibit and be approved by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission board.
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Saturday - 12/2 - Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Festival of Holiday Trees and Lights / Starfish & Snowflake Gala at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Decorate a holiday tree for the silent auction, support services such as Project Access and Medical Reserve Corps and enjoy dinner and entertainment. 6:30 pm. $200. 433-3940, Ext. 105 or pbcms.org. Sunday - 12/3 - Empty Bowls Delray Beach at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Eat simply so others can simply eat by sharing a meal of soup and bread in recognition of the estimated 200,000 Palm Beach County residents who do not have enough food. 11 am-2 pm. $25. 243-7922 or oldschoolsquare.org.events/emptybowls. 12/3 - Gateway for Cancer Research’s Peppermint Twist Party at The Breakers, One S. County Road, Palm Beach. Join the festivities to help raise funds for breakthrough clinical trials. 6-11 pm. $500. 866-932-4208 or gatewaycr.org. Wednesday - 12/6 - Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center Holiday Luncheon & Boutique at Sailfish Club, 1338 N. Lake Way, Palm Beach. Shop an array of vendors and participate in an exclusive raffle followed the presentation of a trio of awards. 10:30 am shopping, noon luncheon. $200. 712-9221 or opportunitypbc.org. Thursday - 12/7 - Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Sandler
Family Major Gifts Event at The Polo Club of Boca Raton, 5400 Champion Blvd. Listen to a keynote address by Daniel Libeskind, architect, artist, professor and set designer, at an event that celebrates the federation’s top donors. 6 pm. $150 couvert. 852-3342 or jewishboca.org. Friday - 12/8 - For the Children Inc. Wine & Cheese Social at 1801 Pierce Drive, Lake Worth. Support the Early Childhood Academy / Kids Zone by coming to a fun social gathering. 6-8:30 pm. 585-8664 or forthechildrenfirst.com/board-members/wine-cheese-social. Saturday - 12/9 - JAFCO’s Silver Paradise Gala at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa,100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. Celebrate the presentation of the Jacob’s Ladder Award for Child Advocacy and the Lifetime Achievement Award at a black-tie, find-dining affair. $425 couvert. 954-3158696 or jafco.org. 12/9 - Diocese of Palm Beach’s Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala at The Breakers, One S. County Road, Palm Beach. Raise money for scholarships for Diocesan Catholic schools, both elementary and secondary. 7 pm. $400. 775-9517 or diocesepb.org. Monday - 12/11 - Compass Community Center’s Cocktails for Compass, A Winter Dinner at Club Colette, 215 Peruvian Ave., Palm Beach. Join the organization in its goal of diminishing stereotypes about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. 7-11 pm. $500. 533-9699 or compassglcc.com/ cocktails-for-compass/. 12/11 - YMCA of the Palm Beaches’ Prayer Breakfast at The Breakers, One South County Road, Palm Beach. Come out for keynote speaker and sports legend Tim Tebow at the ninth-annual
Sandler Family Major Gifts The Polo Club, Boca Raton – Dec. 7
Phyllis Sandler (seated) with (l-r) Gary and Robin Rubin, Harvey Sandler, Amy and David Ross and Andrea and Larry Schnurmacher. Photo provided tradition. 7:45-9:15 am. $300. 968-9622 or ymcapalmbeaches.org. Wednesday - 12/13 - Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches’ Imagine the Possibilities Luncheon at The Colony, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach. Join a room full of supporters and raise a glass to 15 years of improving the lives of women and children by the independent nonprofit. 11:30 a.m.1:30 pm. $150. 275-2200 or jwfpalmbeach. org. Thursday - 12/28 - Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Beach Bash Palm Beach at The Beach Club, 755 N. County Road. Save the sea turtles by attending an event that benefits the center’s sea-turtle
hospital. 8 pm-midnight. $250. 672-8280, Ext. 103 or marinelife.org.
Friday - 1/5 - LIFE’s “Lady in Red” Gala at The Breakers, One South County Road, Palm Beach. Get into the theme “Over the Moon Vegas to Palm Beach” and hear music by The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band, during the 24th-annual affair that will benefit LIFE’s partnership with American Humane, a welfare organization for children and pets. 6 pm. $550-$750. 5828083 or life-edu.org. Thursday - 1/11 - Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County’s Hospice Evening 2018 at Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Glide into the Grand Hall for a cocktail reception followed by a formal fashion show featuring the Oscar de la Renta Spring Collection with dinner and dancing in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion. 7 pm. $450-$750. 832-8585 or hospicepb.org. Friday - 1/12 - Kravis Center’s Gala “Night of Stars” A Broadway Celebration at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Soak up the stage with performances by Claybourne Elder, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Michael Patterson, Chita Rivera and other big names at a black-tie benefit with dinner and dancing. 6 pm. $500-$1,000. 651-4320 or kravis. org/gala.
Thursday - 1/18 - Hanley Center Foundation’s Palm Beach Dinner at Sailfish Club of Florida, 1338 N. Lake Way, Palm Beach. Enjoy an evening under the stars with an elegant reception, live music and a silent auction to raise funds for the foundation’s alcohol- and drug-treatment programs. 6-9 pm. $350-$500. 268-2358 or hanleycenterfoundation.org. Tuesday - 1/23 - Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County’s Old Bags Luncheon at The Breakers, One South County Road, Palm Beach. Bid on hundreds of new and used designer handbags and enjoy a delicious luncheon to help the organization maintain its counseling and family-support programs in the community. 10:30 a.m. $400. 616-1257 or ctrfam.org. Friday - 1/26 - Achievement Centers for Children & Families’ Vince Canning Stiletto Race at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Kick up those heels by slipping on the fiercest stilettos and sashaying, sprinting or strutting for a good cause. 5:30-7 pm. $25. 266-0003 or delraystilettorace. com. Send news and notes to Amy Woods at flamywoods@ bellsouth.net
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Empty Bowls event benefits Palm Beach County Food Bank
By Amy Woods
“Eat simply so others can simply eat.” The telling tag line for Empty Bowls Delray Beach points to the hunger problem plaguing Palm Beach County. One out of six residents does not know where his or her next meal is coming from, according to Karen Erren, executive director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank. That translates into about 200,000 neighbors, 60,000 of whom are children. “While the comparative between our wealth and our need here in Palm Beach County can be very striking, it remains,” Erren said. “When we think about hungry people, the image that we have in our mind is not reality.” The nonprofit food bank is the beneficiary of Empty Bowls Delray Beach — an outdoor lunch of soup and bread Dec. 3. The bank will put the proceeds to use in four program areas: benefits outreach (helping families apply for SNAP); Food4OurKids (providing meals for children during weekends); food recovery and distribution (working with farmers and grocers to ensure edible items do not go to waste); and nutrition-driven (making fresh food available where it is
Empty Bowls committee members (l-r) Michelle Donahue, Tara Laxer, Michelle Broda, Blair Jones, Sandra Meier, Stephanie Dodge, Co-Chairwomen Julie Peyton Stein and Patty Jones, Renee McGovern, Don Tolep, Renee Reiersen and Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Karen Erren. Photo provided by Wordsmith Communications
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What: Empty Bowls Delray Beach When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Cost: $25 Information: Call 2437922 or visit www.oldschoolsquare.org/events/ empty-bowls needed most). The organization procures 5 million pounds of food
annually, but that is nowhere near enough to end the hunger problem in Palm Beach County. “Often, shockingly, for those of us in the United States, hunger is an issue in every county, every city and often every neighborhood,” Erren said. “Empty Bowls was founded to help put us in the places of those who stand in line to get the food that we need. It has such a tie to our mission.” Empty Bowls came to life in 1990 in Michigan. Empty Bowls Delray Beach made its debut last year at Old School Square,
attracting more than 1,200 and raising $100,000. “Of course, this year our focus is on how can we build on the impressive first-year success,” Erren said. “The Delray Beach community has been so responsive.” Thirty local restaurants each will donate five gallons of soup — everything from coconut curry to conch chowder to creamy artichoke — and Old School Bakery will bring the bread. Guests also each get a bottle of water and a cookie and can take home a handmade
ceramic bowl as a symbol of their support. “It’s a reminder that there are people out there who can’t fill that bowl with food,” CoChairwoman Patty Jones said. “We just want to make sure that the community is aware of the issue of hunger.” Co-Chairwoman Julie Peyton Stein agreed: “Awareness of the issue is key to getting our community to come together to help tackle this problem. It is a message to all of us to help our neighbors.” Ú
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Rochelle Wolberg, curatordirector at Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, named six supporters as this year’s top volunteers and recognized them at the annual members’ meeting. The 2017 Volunteers of the Year are Noelle Ducret, Sheryl Gilman, Bill Green, Andrea Schechter and Jim Trinchini and Nancy Byrne, a husband-andwife team. “All six of these talented, dedicated volunteers are incredible assets to the garden,” Wolberg said. “Their horticultural knowledge in general and devotion to Mounts Botanical Garden in particular are critical as we continue to grow and attract new visitors.”
CROS Ministries wins award for aiding hungry residents
The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has given CROS Ministries the inaugural Karen and Mike Stuart Humanitarian Award. The award was bestowed at the association’s 74th annual convention on Amelia Island. CROS Ministries received it for promoting efforts to better the local community. “I am so proud of our partnership with CROS Ministries,” said FFVA board member John Long, who nominated the nonprofit. “I could not think of a more fitting way to honor the work they do in feeding the hungry in South Florida.”
Grant to mean scholarship for student with Tourette
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars has received a grant from the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation and because of it will award a fourth scholarship. “Support like this keeps us going and keeps us inspired to keep doing what we are doing,” said Diane Diamantis, co-founder and president of the organization. “It means so much to our students who gracefully face every day with social challenges or struggle to focus and absorb material due to their Tourette syndrome and the burden of college costs.” Dollars 4 Tic Scholars’ mission is to send such students to college and help them realize their dreams.
Evelyn & Arthur offers opportunities to give back
Evelyn & Arthur in Plaza del Mar will collect new toys for kids on behalf of the Manalapan Fire Department Toy Drive. Drop off toys Dec. 1-14 during regular store hours; firefighters will hand out the gifts later in the month to selected families in need. Shoppers who donate a toy will receive 10 percent off one item priced $75 or higher from the store. Located at 277 S. Ocean Blvd., the store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You can also purchase pashminas with purpose at the Manalapan store this holiday season. For every pashmina purchased either in-store or online, Evelyn & Arthur will donate 100 percent of the $28 sales price to charity. December’s Pashminas with Purpose Program will celebrate the theme “Pick a Color,” and all proceeds will be donated to Little Smiles, a nonprofit that provides activities and entertainment for sick children. Send news and notes to Amy Woods at email@example.com
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Via Mizner Golf & CC, Boca Raton – Nov. 11
The South County community saddled up for children who support adults in need during a benefit dinner for the American Association of Caregiving Youth. The Western-themed event included line dancing and mechanical-bull riding and honored local youths who care for elders, like Yaacov Heller, the evening’s keynote speaker. Heller tended to his grandmother when he was between the ages of 12 and 17. ABOVE: Connie Siskowski, founder and president of the AACY, with sponsor Dan Davidowitz. Photo provided
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Boca Raton Resort and Club – Oct. 6
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum raised $30,000 at its sixth annual affair, which included a trolley tour of venues in downtown Boca Raton and a sampling of dinner-by-the-bite and specialty drinks at each. The evening began and ended at the resort, coming to a close with dancing and dessert. ABOVE: Lauren Wallach, with Toasts, Tastes & Trolleys Chairwoman Kathy Qualman. Photo provided
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Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach – Oct. 21
A sea of white flooded the outdoor venue during a pop-up dinner party to benefit public arts education. After learning of the secret site by email notification one hour earlier, the 500plus guests, all dressed in white, lined up for the 5 p.m. start time, eager to claim their spots among the dozens of tables on the grass. A performance by Dreyfoos School of the Arts students capped the night. ABOVE: Sponsors Marti LaTour and George Elmore. Photo provided by Christopher Fay Photography
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Boca Raton Resort and Club – Nov. 9
The Bethesda Hospital Foundation honored five local women and one extraordinary young woman for the 18th annual Women of Grace Luncheon, attended by more than 600. The women were chosen because of their commitment to their nominating organizations and the South County community. In excess of $170,000 was raised. ABOVE: (l-r) Luncheon Chairwoman Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister, with Women of Grace Linda Heneks, Yvonne Boice, Claudia Cabral, Tammy Culmer, Jacqueline Moroco Maloney and Kirsten Stanley. Photo provided by Downtown Photo
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Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School, Boynton Beach – Oct. 27
The school had its annual Halloween event at which guests enjoyed trick-or-treating in costume, showed off decoratively themed trunks and shared in the camaraderie of the campus community. Prizes were awarded for Best Overall Trunk. Faculty and staff helped organize Trunk or Treat, along with parents and students. ABOVE: (l-r) Parent Organization Board members Kelly Alexander, vice president; Kim Webb, president; Jen Pisciotto, treasurer; and Colette Turner, secretary. Photo provided
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Boca Raton Resort and Club – Oct. 29
Boca Ballet Theatre’s annual luncheon and performance successfully kicked off the 201718 season by raising awareness and support for the dance troupe. Guests gathered in the resort’s Great Hall for an afternoon of dance, food and raffles. The highlight was a number by Aran Bell and Sarah Lane, of American Ballet Theatre. ABOVE: (l-r, front) Yvonne Boice, Christine Lynn, (back) Charlotte Beasley, June Gelb, Honorary Chairwoman Arlene Herson, Kim Champion and Dr. Ron Rubin. Photo provided by Boca Ballet Theatre
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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s office raised more than $1,100 through doughnut and T-shirt sales and gathered nearly 400 stuffed bears and hundreds of personal-care items for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. The office’s Domestic Violence Department provides answers to frequently asked questions, contact numbers for agencies that help victims and information about how to file an injunction. ABOVE: Clerk Sharon Bock (right) presents a check to Rebecca Keck, development and volunteer coordinator of AVDA. Photo provided
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he Calusa and Tequesta were here first, perhaps more than 10,000 living along the coast when Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513. But European diseases, tribal warfare and slavery had reduced the population to a few hundred by the time surveyor Thomas Rickards bought 50 acres on Lake Boca Raton in the 1880s. Even after Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway opened in 1895, Boca Raton was hardly an international destination. From those early days, Boca’s status ebbed and flowed — first driven by agriculture, then by tourism as Addison Mizner turned saw palmetto and scrub pine into a paradise around the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The real estate boom didn’t launch until the 1960s as entrepreneurs linked to the likes of Arvida and IBM saw financial gold in the scrub. For some people the inspiration first occurred two decades earlier, during World War II. Even before Pearl Harbor, the military had begun building bases, and South Florida’s flat terrain and year-round warm weather were ideal for aircrew training. Despite a population of barely 700, Boca had an airport. It had lots of vacant land, much of which was owned by the Japanese-American farmers at the struggling Yamato Colony. It also had a ready-made headquarters — the Boca Raton Resort. Said Susan Gillis, curator at the Boca Raton Historical Society: “Before the war, the town had two traffic lights and two bars. It’s changed a little.” Boca Raton Army Airfield became the nation’s only development and training center for a new technology that had been developed by the British: radio detection and ranging — or radar. During the war, the base grew to 800 buildings housing more than 16,000 troops and employing more than 1,200 civilians, yet it operated in the strictest secrecy. After the war, however, word spread. Many veterans returned, some earning degrees at Florida Atlantic University, which now occupies the land and some of the remaining buildings. The airfield eventually showed up on the radar of Deerfield Beach journalist and author Sally Ling, whose book Small Town, Big Secrets: Inside the Boca Raton Army Air Field during World War II caught the attention of Miami public television station WLRN. The station has produced a documentary, Boca Raton: The Secret Weapon That Won WWII. Before the TV debut in early November, the film was screened Nov. 1 at FAU, where several airfield veterans proudly repeated a popular phrase: “Radar won the war; the A
Boulud, Clay Conley and Michelle Bernstein, plus Food Network stars Robert Irvine and Jeff Mauro, James Beard Award nominee Elizabeth Falkner and Chopped winner Giorgio Rapicavoli. (Tickets at www.pbfoodwinefest.com.)
ABOVE: Fewer than 700 people called Boca Raton home when the airfield dominated the area that is now home to FAU. LEFT: A promotion for the WLRN documentary. Photo provided by Boca Raton Historical Society
bomb ended it.” By the way, Gillis appears in the film. For more than two decades, Delray’s Frank McKinney has been building and/or remodeling big, fancy, expensive houses, usually on the beach or no more than a stone’s throw away. The Manalapan monster — three stories, 14 bedrooms and an 18car garage on 5.5 acres with 520 feet of beachfront — is still McKinney available at $135 million or a reasonable offer. In Ocean Ridge, 19 Tropical is a slightly more modest offering. Built on one-sixth acre on the fourth lot from the beach, this “micro-mansion” includes a 650-square-foot master bedroom, an LEDilluminated living reef aquarium wall, an office surrounded by glass and water and the latest in smart-home technology. Asking price: $2.95 million. A few others are still for sale, but McKinney has announced that his next project, on the 18-foot-high coastal ridge in South Palm Beach, will be his last. He introduced the finale at a double-barreled, invitationonly full house Oct. 24 at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Barrel No. 1: The house will feature five bedrooms (four oceanfront) with a 1,270-square-foot master bedroom that rises 31 feet above sea level, ocean-view glass elevator, cantilevered deck, oceanfront kitchen and 50-foot disappearing edge pool. Preliminary price is around $20 million.
Given the usual McKinney amenities perched atop the highest elevation in southern Palm Beach County, he’s confident he’ll find a buyer. Barrel No. 2: He’s leaving the luxury housing business. He’ll continue his commitment to build affordable housing in Haiti — he’ll start his 26th village next year — but will pursue his endeavors as a full-time writer. After three real estate books and a children’s fantasy recounting his daughter’s imaginative adventures as she walked to and from school for 10 years, he has turned to inspiration. The Tap dealt with accepting the responsibility and gaining confidence to handle what one prays for. Early next year, The Other Thief, billed as “a collision of love, flesh and faith,” marks his entry into Christian romance. “It’s a pretty racy book,” McKinney claims. “It’s sort of a combination of Fatal Attraction and The Passion of the Christ. It’s a novel, but it combines the real-life fall from grace of a high-profile Christian singer and his progress toward redemption and mercy and grace. Secular readers will enjoy it for all the reasons they should, and the Christian reader will enjoy it for the biblical references.” Haiti also will benefit, as each $20 preorder will provide 200 meals to children in McKinney’s Caring House communities. No word yet, but you can bet the first family will return to Mar-a-Lago for Christmas — about the same time that other D.C.-based group hits town. No, not the Florida congressional delegation, the LimbaughCoulter axis or the Tea Partiers; we’re talking about those
notorious Capitol Steps. For several years the spareno-politician comedy group, many of whom are former congressional staffers, has made Palm Beach County its winter home. Capitol Steps will begin the campaign New Year’s Eve with two shows at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, then hit Delray Beach’s Old School Square on Jan. 4 and 5 and make frequent campaign stops across the South Florida countryside. From March 2-18, they’ll filibuster at the Kravis Center. The Steps, which proudly “put the MOCK in democracy!” just released a new album, Orange is the New Barack. Surprisingly, they have never played Mar-a-Lago. “I have honestly never heard if President Trump is a fan of the Steps, dislikes us, is completely ambivalent towards us or even knows we exist,” Manager Mark Eaton said from Washington. “We have not been invited, yet. “We certainly aren’t visiting uninvited — certainly not on actors’ salaries! But if we get an invitation, we will certainly go! (hint, hint).” The snowbirds are flocking back and the regulars are arising from their nine-month summer stupor. Time for festivals. All-event passports for the 11th annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Dec. 14-17, are sold out, as are several individual festival events. Tickets do remain for individual events at Conley the likes of Buccan, PB Catch and Cafe Boulud. Chefs include those with local ties such as Lindsay Autry, Daniel
Worthy of advance note are the Sunshine Music Festival, Garlic Fest and SunFest. Again headlining Sunshine, set for Jan. 14 at Mizner Park, will be the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The performance will be its first local show since Derek Trucks’ uncle and Allman Brothers bandmate Butch Trucks committed suicide in late January. Also on the bill are Medeski, Martin and Wood; Galactic; Hot Tuna; Foundation of Funk, and The Suffers. For those who prefer their music a bit more Vegas-like, at the other end of Mizner Park that night, Clint Holmes performs at the Cultural Center’s RRazz Room. What used to be the Delray Beach Garlic Fest is now for all of South Florida. For the second year, it will take over John Prince Park in Lake Worth from Feb. 9 to 11. The move was necessitated when the Delray Beach City Commission decided the city was suffering from event fatigue. The Garlic Fest was scratched in favor of the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament. Bruised but not broken, organizers of “the best stinkin’ party in South Florida” looked northward and vowed to make it bigger and better. Being a celebration of all things garlic, the food and a host of chef competitions return. A second stage has been added to accommodate the likes of Hoobastank and the Donna Summer Celebration headlined by Summer’s sister, Mary Gaines Bernard. For the first time, fans who want to stay on site all weekend can reserve RVs from Giant Recreation World; chairs are now permitted thanks to the extra room, and cash or credit cards will be accepted at all food and beverage vendors. Tickets, $27 to $100, are available at www.eventbrite.com. Of course, the biggest party is SunFest, although it’ll be different — only four days instead of five. Ironically, that’s good news: Festival managers believe they can use the money saved from daily overhead to bring in more and better acts. The party will run May 3-6. On Dec. 16 comedian and The View stalwart Joy Behar will bring her comedy to FAU’s Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium. On a more refined level, Symphonia Boca kicks off its season Dec. 10 at St. Andrews
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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform Jan. 14 at the Sunshine Music Festival at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Photo provided School with a concert that will be especially memorable for guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, who will be celebrating his 70th birthday. But in an unusual turnabout, he’ll be the one bringing the gift — a world premiere of his composition for cello and orchestra. Solo work will be handled by Gerard’s son Julian on cello and Jeffrey Kaye on trumpet. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Ticket holders who would like to learn a bit more about the scheduled works can take part in a preconcert discussion with the performers at 2 p.m. “Slidemap” is a device that integrates a motorized stage used in 3-D printers, microscope imaging, and machines learning algorithms to distinguish tumors as cancerous or benign, increasing accuracy and speed of diagnoses. Sounds like something that might have come from MIT or Stanford. Wrong. It was developed by Devin Willis, a ninth-grader from Florida Atlantic University High School, who in October placed fourth in 3M’s Young Scientist Challenge in St. Paul, Minn. Devin hopes his innovation will enable faster, more accurate and affordable diagnoses, especially in developing countries where access to medical professionals is limited. Taking first was Gitanjali
Rao, a Colorado seventh-grader who is developing Tethys, a low-cost method to quickly test water contamination and decrease health effects from lead exposure. Wheelin’ and dealin’. Last December when Wheel of Fortune’s “Wheelmobile” contestant search stopped at the Broward Mall in Plantation, Boca Raton resident Cathy Murray, a Palm Beach County firefighter, and her longtime friend Staci Hill, a Davie middle school teacher, tried their luck. They made the tryout show at the mall and then waited. Finally, in September, the call came to go to California to compete in “Girlfriend Getaways” week. They had to keep quiet, however, until the show aired in early November, but now they can crow. Guessing the phrase “juicy roast & avocado toast,” they beat the two other teams, winning $30,100 and a trip to Puerto Rico (maybe they can help with hurricane recovery while on the island!), and in the bonus round, they correctly guessed “gulping down coffee” for another $35,000. Both plan to use their winnings to remodel their kitchens, and Murray is looking forward to a family trip to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Who woulda thunk it! After years of subpar
performances and losses in its first two games this year, the future hardly looked bright for Florida Atlantic University’s football team. But from the start, new coach Lane Kiffin remained steadfast, sticking with a mantra older than the game itself: one game at a time. Kiffin arrived with a mixed bag of credentials, having blown gigs with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee and Southern Cal before a rehabilitative stint as offensive coordinator at Alabama that included a national championship. But the Owls are flying. A 52-24 romp over local rival FIU and a victory at Charlotte extended their winning streak to eight. The Owls won the East Division title in Conference USA with a game to spare. Looking back, the opening losses to Navy (42-19) and Wisconsin (31-14) don’t look so bad. It’s the 34-31 defeat by Buffalo in game No. 4 that still sticks in Kiffin’s craw. A big win was the 69-31 thrashing of the not-so-Mean Green of North Texas back on Oct. 21, but that’s all out the window in the rematch for the conference title on Dec. 2. Still — one game at a time. Meanwhile, for the first time in team history, FAU won a few votes in the coaches’ Top 25 poll after the FIU game, and regardless of the outcome of the championship game, the Owls will play a bowl game. Conference USA has affiliations with six bowl games: Boca Raton, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla in St. Petersburg, Bahamas, R&L Carriers New Orleans and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas — plus a conditional spot in the Camping World Independence Bowl in Orlando if the Atlantic Coast or Southeastern conference can’t fill the spot. But with another win over North Texas, FAU might be able to write a better ticket. So might Kiffin. Even as his good fortune continues, he still insists on pursuing one opportunity at a time.
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Has Lane Kiffin has changed the Owls’ luck? Photo provided But no doubt big schools will come calling, schools with much more history and a lot more money than FAU. But his corner includes two major figures: Athletic Director Pat Chun and President John Kelly. Chun comes from Ohio State, Kelly from Clemson. Both are accustomed to winning. And where else can a fan see the
ocean from the stadium? Thom Smith is a freelance writer who can be reached at thomsmith@ ymail.com.
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Art Basel puts Miami at the center of the art world this month. But there are other things to see there. Page AT15
Churchill: A man who painted in words and pictures By Gretel Sarmiento ArtsPaper Art Writer
Wait, wait, don't tell us ... Peter Sagal has a play being produced in Boca. Page AT16
In 1947, Winston Churchill, then age 73, wrote about his dead father appearing to him and the imaginary conversation that unfolded between the two. When his father asks him what he is doing, Churchill answers that he is trying to copy an old portrait of his. Later on, the father inquiries how the son makes a living. “Not, surely, by these,” he says, pointing at several pictures. The part about the portrait and the pictures is not imaginary. Churchill, the masterful orator, assertive statesman, Nobel Prize winner and unwavering wartime leader, discovered painting in his 40s and went on to produce more than 500 artworks in the
TOP: Sinews of Peace (Iron Curtain) speech draft, Feb. 1, 1946. Courtesy of the National Churchill Museum. ABOVE: Coast Scene Near Marseilles, 1935. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the collection of the family of the late Julian Sandys decades that followed. A fraction of his works is now the focus of a muchanticipated show opening
Dec. 2 at the Society of the Four Arts. Drawing from the vast collection of the National Churchill Museum
at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, A Man for all Seasons: The Art of Winston Churchill includes paintings from the same mind that created the “Iron Curtain” speech 71 years ago. Timothy Riley, who serves as director and chief curator for the National Churchill Museum — the stage for that historic speech — recalls being fascinated by Churchill’s creativity and discovering that it was very present in other aspects of his life. “He was a visionary thinker and a creative leader who saw the world as few others did. It seems natural that he took up painting and became so passionate about it,” said Riley, who has written several essays about Churchill and curated very successful exhibitions focused on his art, including See CHURCHILL on AT12
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Last Flag Flying stands alone from predecessor The Last Detail, but it offers muchneeded healing. Page AT17
Lake Worth’s John Ralston learns to go his own way
By Bill Meredith ArtsPaper Music Writer “Small-town boy makes good” is a familiar tale, but not one often told when the town is Lake Worth. And not often about a small-town boy who’s as resilient as singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Ralston. Born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach on Dec. 29, 1977, Ralston has lived most of his life in the city affectionately nicknamed L-Dub. And what a long, strange trip the last 20 years have been — from his popular area rock band Legends of Rodeo and 2005 solo debut –Casual dining on world-famous Worth Avenue–
John Ralston's latest album, IV, is a Beatle-esque solo effort released independently. Photo by Laura Dart Needle Bed to releases on California-based Vagrant Records, international touring, and being dropped by the label, then a musical deceleration
into jobs like construction and information technology, and finally, his brand-new, longawaited latest independent effort, IV. It’s Ralston’s first full-
length release since Shadows of the Summertime (2011). Available digitally through Bandcamp (www.bandcamp. com) and vinyl-only hard copy at select area stores like Top Five Records in downtown Lake Worth, IV is quintessential Ralston. Featuring a stark cover photo of a run-down house in Slab City, Calif., by Adam Perry, IV is essentially a one-man project. Ralston sings lead vocals and plays guitar, bass, piano, synthesizers and percussion, aided only by his wife, Valerie diValentin (vocals on “White Beaches”), and guest drummers in old Legends of See RALSTON on AT13
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Continued from page 11 A Passion for Painting, in Long Beach, California, and The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis. What makes this one different is that it brings together images by Britain’s famous prime minister and of the man himself. Competing for attention are letters and original documents, including the final draft of the “Sinews of Peace” speech where his last-minute edits and thought process are revealed. “He is painting with words; you can see that in this document,” said Riley. The bold personality of the British Bulldog — as he came to be viewed — is evidenced by his palette choices. Churchill loved bright, bold colors and the light offered by Southern France and Marrakesh, both of which he visited often. He also favored oils. Some works reflect his joy of challenges, such as capturing reflections in the water, while others explore his favorite subjects: landscapes and seascapes. “He felt sorry for the poor browns,” said Riley. “He once said that he preferred landscapes over portraits because trees don’t talk back to you or criticize your work.” It is the first time an exhibition of this nature and magnitude comes to Palm Beach County, but it makes
Winston Churchill, Still Life of Fruit (1930s). Churchill began to paint in his 40s. Courtesy family of the late Julian Sandys sense in many ways. In 1946, following the Second World War and before heading to Fulton, Churchill spent six weeks in Miami with his wife, Clementine. Venetian Causeway, one of the pieces he did during that stay, has now returned to South Florida to be part of this show. “It’s a beautiful view of the water with palm trees,” Riley said. “It’s quite special.” It is also very rare given that Churchill didn’t do many paintings in North America and certainly not while juggling visits to Cuba, Parrot Jungle and Hialeah racetrack, with putting final touches to his speech. But the most personal interpretation of this great Briton comes from the hand of his granddaughter
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and part-time Palm Beach resident, Edwina Sandys, an accomplished artist in her own right. Brush with History, a 44-by-34-inch acrylic piece from 2014, depicts her grandfather at the easel surrounded by some of his favorite things: his hat, cigar, books, paints and drinks of choice. It’s a familiar image. “We used to stand behind his chair when he was painting and
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Frank Salisbury, Blood, Sweat and Tears (1943). Courtesy of the Collection of David and Jillian Gilmour putting magic on the canvas,” Sandys said. “It seemed like magic. He was the first painter I knew.” Sandys was born in London in 1938 to Churchill’s eldest daughter, Diana. Occasionally he would make suggestions to the little sketches she would hand him. Today, she acknowledges their similarities while regretting not being able to show him her body of work. “I rejoice in the bold, brilliant colors. I like being in colors even more than he did,” said Sandys, who will elaborate on her grandfather’s life and art on a related event scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 9. She agrees that painting came to the rescue of a man she knew carried the heaviest of weights on his shoulders and served as antidote to a nervous breakdown anybody else in his shoes surely would have suffered. “As an artist myself, I know when you are engaged in the painting, you are consumed by it for a while. It takes you away from what is a big worry,” she said. For the Four Arts exhibition, she has recreated the feel of one of her most famous sculptures, Breakthrough, which is displayed at Westminster College. The original piece done in 1990 is made out of eight sections of the Berlin Wall that Sandys obtained soon after it came down. It features two cutout spaces resembling the shapes of a man and a woman; the idea being people can walk and make their own breakthrough. Graffiti adorns one side while the other side remains blank. The reimagined version included here is a photo-on-canvas blowup the exact size of the original sculpture and covers an entire wall. In lieu of the cutout spaces, we get mirrors. Also among the 28 paintings, film clips, rare photos, and historic memorabilia is a striking oil portrait by Frank Salisbury. The 1943 work titled Blood, Sweat and Tears stands
at 49-by-39 inches and has a somewhat relaxed Churchill greet viewers at the entrance, as if an introduction were necessary. Because that’s the thing about this exhibition; these are not works by an unknown artist that visitors are coming to see. How to give someone that illustrious fair credit for his artistic ability without letting his famous reputation drive one’s opinion? Isn’t one more prone to elevate his talent just because of who he is? “I’m not sure you have to,” said Riley. “Many will come to this exhibition because of the name Churchill, but most people will leave knowing and appreciating that he was a serious painter.” Recently, his works have been selling for or above their estimated value. Last year’s sale of Venetian Causeway (supposedly for $250,000) and the $860,000 paid this past September for one still-life point to an increase interest in Churchill’s artworks. His Goldfish Pool at Chartwell from 1932 sold for $2.7 million at Sotheby’s in 2014. That’s the most anyone has paid for one of his paintings. A smaller, abstract depiction of his beloved goldfish pond fetched a remarkable $467,000 in an auction Nov. 21 in London. Done in 1962, this was Churchill’s final piece. He died three years later at age 90. He never sold one of his artworks during his lifetime. In uncharacteristic fashion, the confident man known for gesturing the V of victory with his fingers, had doubts about his artistic skill. When asked about his plans to exhibit, this is how he put it: “They are not worth it. They are only of interest in having been painted by a notorious character!” Riley disagrees with the man himself. “I think some of his finest paintings — and there are a number of them in this exhibition — are worthy of any museum in the world.”
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Continued from page 11 Rodeo bandmate Jeff Snow (on “Yer My Blues”) and IV engineer Michael Seaman (on “Pickup Truck” and “Cows”). Ralston’s unique fusing of influences like The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson are there, as always, but his use of synthesizers occasionally hints at a more modern update like Tears for Fears. And the more raucous, distorted tracks with Snow and Seaman on drums show glimpses of the early side of David Bowie’s career. “I was actually listening to a lot of Bowie at the time I finished this record,” Ralston said. “I started working on it before Shadows of the Summertime was even done. I did a lot more work on it while I lived and did IT work in Abingdon, Virginia, from 2012 to 2014, and knew I would finish it, but that there was no need to rush. Then I got it to Michael [Seaman] to master.” Seaman has worked with Ralston throughout his solo recording career, whether in Tennessee in conjunction with Grammy Award-winning engineer Charles Dye or at Seaman’s Listen Up Studios, both in New Orleans and its recent Broward County location of Lighthouse Point. With a wealth of stellar equipment, plus his own expert ears and impressive multi-instrumental skills, Seaman added finishing interludes between the songs that put a bow on IV.
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“I don’t know much about the mastering process, but I knew I wanted the songs to run together rather than have the traditional three-second pause in between,” Ralston said. “Michael really got that vision, and made it come to life in the mastering. He was a huge part of the creative process on this record.” “John had recorded almost everything on the four-track, with minimal overdubs,” said Seaman. “When he gave it to me to master, my first thought was, ‘Whoa, this is more like a score than an album.’ The songs didn’t go through the usual structure as much as they floated, so I thought they should float together.” It was Ralston’s Beatlesque themes, and Seaman’s engineering, on the independently released Needle Bed that helped attract Vagrant Records. The label reissued the album with different cover art in 2006, and put the young singer/ songwriter on the touring jet set to the Fireside Bowl in Chicago; Madison Square Garden and CBGB’s in New York City, and beyond. “I was touring and recording all the time between 2006
and 2009,” he says, “and supplementing my income by working construction while I was back in Lake Worth, which I did even more of when I stopped touring in 2010. I took a band on three separate tours through the United States and into Canada, and one to the U.K., through England, Wales and Scotland.” Those tours encompassed Ralston’s second LP for Vagrant, Sorry Vampire (2007), and the 2008 EP White Spiders, which arrived in Europe just before his first concert there. Yet what would’ve been a euphoric moment was instead bittersweet. The EP was his last release for Vagrant, since Ralston — now also a father — knew he’d essentially been dropped after Sorry Vampire, and that the tour would likely be his last through Europe. “I knew by then that I didn’t want to tour anymore,” he said. “I had a three-album contract with Vagrant, but they didn’t pick up my option for the third full-length release. It was a huge letdown, because music had been my life to that point. I didn’t have a résumé or any other job prospects, but I’d put out records that I still feel good about, had gotten great reviews, and that people seemed to love.”
ArtsPaper/Music AT13 Occasional Ralston offerings have dotted the indie landscape over the past 10 years to prove that point. When We are Cats was his self-released four-song EP from 2007, and he even teamed with a small Tampabased label, 24 Hour Service Station, on two 2010 releases. A tribute to New Order, Ceremony, featured his countrytinged ballad interpretation of that band’s “All Day Long,” and the holiday single “Jesus Christ/A Marigny XMAS” sported red and green vinyl editions. Shadows of the Summertime preceded another two-song single, Golden Greats Vol. 6, released in 2015. “I’m a collaborative guy, so the hardest part about the split with Vagrant was accepting that I now wasn’t part of something anymore,” said Ralston. “It took me a long time to wrap my head around getting dropped because I hadn’t sold enough records. “And that meant having to figure out a new way of doing things, which I’ve done now. I’m in a place where I couldn’t be if I still had to worry about the commercial sales side. And it’s a better place.”
Which, after a long hiatus, has led to IV. The disc has a Beatles’ White Album quality, in that it also features elements that can seem disparate if listened to individually, yet more in context if listened to in sequence. Without being bound by contractual obligation, L-Dub’s finest already has a new album called Meditations/Turn Eternal in the can. The small-town Ralston is just waiting to decide upon a worthy 2018 release date. Alas, it appears that next album will be released from afar, as Ralston, diValentin and their children are moving to Winston-Salem, N.C., in midDecember following a special album release and farewell show at Voltaire in downtown West Palm Beach on Dec. 7. Yet Ralston didn’t completely close the door to returning. “I’m going to miss everyone down here,” he wrote in an email. “Such a great arts community in spite of our surroundings. It really is amazing. I know full well that I’m not going to be able to replace what we have down here. But it feels like it’s time for an adventure.”
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Man’s wrongful conviction the basis of a compelling tale
Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption, by Benjamin Rachlin; Little, Brown; 387 pp., $27 By Bill Williams Willie J. Grimes was a mildmannered, middle-aged black man who was convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life in prison. But Grimes had nothing to do with the crime. The jury relied on flimsy evidence, such as the victim having picked
him out of a hazy picture lineup. After Grimes spent 24 years in prison, he was released in 2012 when DNA evidence showed he was not the rapist. The actual perpetrator eventually was convicted of a string of assaults, including the rape in question. Ghost of the Innocent Man opens with a graphic recounting of the rape, drawing readers into this criminal justice saga. The victim, Carrie Elliott, was a widow who lived alone in a quiet neighborhood in North Carolina. Grimes
happened to be walking in the neighborhood the night she was raped in her home. Rachlin is a stickler for detail about wrongful convictions. He waded through a mountain of court filings and innocence studies. At times the text suffers from too much detail, but that is a minor quibble. The author explores the history of racial prejudice in the criminal justice system, as well as the ineptitude of some prosecutors and defense lawyers. From the start, Grimes
believed he would be cleared. He filed countless court appeals, which were turned down. He was a model prisoner, and was offered early release, but only if he would plead guilty. Grimes rejected every such offer, knowing he was innocent. Pleading guilty would be a lie, he said. Rachlin documents the extent of wrongful convictions nationwide. After the death penalty was put back on the books in Illinois in 1977, 12 inmates were executed. Another 13 convicts awaiting
execution were exonerated based on new evidence. The governor then commuted 171 death sentences to life imprisonment for the remaining death row inmates to avoid the possibility of executing an innocent person. A team of defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges created the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. Similar bodies have been established in other states. This book can be read as a history of wrongful convictions and the campaign to end them. Hundreds of convicts have now been set free nationally when DNA testing proved their innocence. Willie Grimes’ conviction finally was overturned when a DNA test of a hair sample found at the rape scene did not match his hair. It matched the hair of another inmate who then admitted he was the rapist. Life in prison could be brutal. Grimes had trouble sleeping with the noise. Rachlin describes arbitrary rules and frequent moving of inmates within prisons and among prisons. Grimes used crumbs to draw mice into his cell and keep them as pets. During his 24 years behind bars, several relatives and friends died, deepening his sense of isolation and injustice. Grimes became deeply religious, embracing the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Religion helped him cope with his wrongful incarceration. After his years behind bars he finally walked out of prison, “free at last.” He displayed no bitterness or blame. He was 66, having spent a good portion of his life behind bars. “He felt wetness on his cheeks before he realized he was sobbing. Then something loosed inside him and all at once he was kneeling there in the hallway, his body quivering. ‘Thank you,’ he whispered to the empty house. His chest and skull throbbed. “He stood. He was leaping, hurling his arms out wildly. ‘Thank you,’ he shouted. ‘Thank you.’” Bill Williams is a freelance writer in West Hartford, Conn., and a former editorial writer for The Hartford Courant. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and can be reached at email@example.com.
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If you’re going to Art Basel, check out these side shows By Sandra Schulman ArtsPaper Art Writer In early December, Miami becomes the world center of the contemporary art world, with Art Basel holding center court in the newly expanded Miami Beach Convention Center, while the Art Miami and Context Fairs move to an impressive new location on Biscayne Bay where The Miami Herald once stood. The explosion of the fairs has detonated an equally eventful series of art happenings outside of the main fairs. There are new museums to check out, gallery shows, and cutting-edge music events all converging on South Florida as it becomes the art world’s temporary capital: The new Bass and ICA: The first museum out of the art gate is The Bass, which opened to the public in late October after a two-year renovation. The best thing about The Bass is its prime location on Collins Avenue and the large park that serves as an eye-popping sculpture garden during Art Fair week. The architects have totally blown out the building behind the façade, pushing back and up to expand to over 12,800 square feet of exhibition space that encompasses four large galleries, a café, a small bookstore and a new enclosed courtyard for special events. The Institute of Contemporary Art opens its new permanent home in the Design District at 61 N.E. 41st St. on Dec. 1. The first exhibition, The Everywhere Studio, includes 100 works by
News Brief Cultural Council's CEO Rena Blades to step down
LAKE WORTH —Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County for the past 13 years, will step down from her post, effective Jan. 15. A national search for a new chief Blades executive officer will be conducted. Meanwhile, Interim Director Kathleen Alex will oversee the agency’s grants, manage the cultural tourism programs under the Tourist Development Council, manage programs for local artists, present the Muse Awards and provide other services. “Rena has made an enormous impact on this organization and our county since she was appointed president and CEO in May of 2004, and we are sorry to see her go,” said board Chairman Nathan Slack in a prepared
more than 50 artists. RxArt at The Webster: An interesting project with international artists that converges several worlds happens over at the historical Art Deco building designed in 1939 by famed architect Henry Hohauser — The Webster. This Deco jewel on Ocean Drive will host the debut of a benefit exhibit and coloring book by big-name artists that benefits children’s hospitals called RXArt. Swampspace Art and Club Culture: Cutting-edge art and literature is feted over at hipster gallery Swampspace, where a show by Kiki Valdes called The Drawing Chronicles opens Dec. 1 and runs through Jan. 1. Wynwood: Wynwood is ever-changing with new street art and music events. During Art Fair Week at Mana Wynwood, Bjork will DJ on Dec. 5 and Wu-Tang Clan will perform Dec. 9. At Wynwood Walls, the famed epicenter of the Wynwood Arts District, this year’s theme is “humanKIND.” Goldman Properties will be unveiling 12 new murals on its revolving art walls aligning with sculptural installations tied to “humankind.” Participating artists include Seth Globepainter (France), Joe Iurato (USA), Leon Keer (Amsterdam), Tristan Eaton (USA), Lady Pink (USA), eL Seed (France), 2SHY (France), Audrey Kawasaki (USA), Bordalo II (Portugal), Pro176 (France), Risk (USA) and Martin Watson (Norway). statement. “However, we are happy for her as she embarks on a sabbatical to travel with her husband, John, and to privately consult,” he said. According to the council, the agency has grown under Blades’ leadership. From 2004 to the present, staff increased from five full-timers to 18 full-time, five part-time and up to three volunteer staff members. Assets grew from $1.6 million to $5 million and annual revenues grew from $4.1 million to $9.2 million, with contributed revenues increasing 150 percent. Additionally, annual grants to cultural organizations and artists increased from $3.1 million and four programs to $4.5 million through 10 programs. “As the Council begins on its 40th anniversary year, the board and staff are beginning this new year with strength, passion, and a commitment to providing Palm Beach County with a world-class cultural council positioning Palm Beach County as a preeminent region for creativity and culture in the U.S.,” Blades said.
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NPR host Sagal finds himself ‘Most Wanted’ again as a playwright
By Hap Erstein ArtsPaper Theater Writer Longtime followers of Florida Stage may recall Peter Sagal, whose plays Denial and What to Say were produced in the 1990s by the nowdefunct theater company that specialized in new American works. These days, however, Sagal is more widely known as the host of the popular National Public Radio current events quiz show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. For the past 20 years, Sagal has put playwriting on hold to pursue his radio career. But Florida Stage’s Louis Tyrrell, who now runs FAU Theatre Lab, a professional company on the university’s Boca Raton campus, has lured him back to
the theater. At least temporarily. Beginning Dec. 1, Theatre Lab presents Sagal’s dark comedy, Most Wanted, a play he wrote in 1996 that has never been produced. “I sent it out to plenty of places, but nobody wanted to do it, and I don’t know why,” he says. “I thought it was pretty good.” So he put the script in a drawer and did not give it another thought until Tyrrell called him up early this year, asking if he had anything for Theatre Lab’s spring reading series. Sagal offered him Most Wanted, about a pair of doting grandparents who kidnap their grandchild when they are allowed insufficient opportunities to see her. The audience — many of whom are grandparents themselves
— loved the play, and suddenly Sagal was back in the playwright’s seat. As he puts it, “It feels like one of those spy movies in which the guy’s been retired for years and all of a sudden the phone that never rings, rings. And it’s ‘We need you back for one last job.’” And yes, he knows that invariably means the spy will be killed before long. When he accepted the radio gig, Sagal never expected it to last two decades. “Basically, I thought it would be a fun thing to do as I pursued my real career that would lead me to glory. Y’know, I’ll do this radio show for a while, and then I’d go on to win my Pulitzer and an Oscar and so forth,” for his writing. “And it didn’t turn out that way.” As much as he loved writing for the stage, NPR allows him to play in a much bigger pond. “We now have 5 million listeners. More people listen to one episode of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me than have ever seen my plays,” he says. “So it’s a huge audience and I have a relationship with them that I have come to treasure.” When he sent Most Wanted to Tyrrell, Sagal says he had not read it in about 17 years. “Some parts about it surprised me, some parts about it disappointed me, some parts about it I really liked, some parts I didn’t like at all,” he concedes. “Some parts reminded me of the way I used to think, and don’t anymore. Some parts reminded me of the way I think now.” Rather than make major revisions, Sagal felt it was important to keep it the work of his former self. “I made some cuts,” he allows. “I thought at some points the characters went on a little bit much. Sometimes characters were saying things that I was saying and making them say against their will. But I didn’t change who the characters are, I didn’t change the ending or any plot elements. I tweaked it.” After 21 years, Sagal can recall the kernel of an idea that got him writing Most Wanted.
Peter Sagal's play Most Wanted sat in a drawer for 17 years before Lou Tyrrell chose it for his theater at FAU. Photo contributed
If You Go Most Wanted, by Peter Sagal, will be performed Dec. 1-17 at FAU Theatre Lab, Parliament Hall, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. $35 (297-6124). “At that time, my niece had been born, my parents’ first grandchild. They really wanted to see their granddaughter, all the time. But my sister-in-law and my brother were not so enthused about those visits. So there was some tension. “‘What if these grandparents just took the kid and ran? Then what?’” he wondered. “Well, the first thing you have to say is, ‘My parents would never do that,’ so you have to come up with characters who might, who have reasons.” The grandparents in the play, Frank and Doris, make a beeline for Florida with the child in tow, offering Sagal the opportunity to satirize the denizens of the Sunshine State. “Like all nice Jewish boys from New Jersey, I had spent time in Florida. We used to have annual vacations down here. We’d rent a condo over in Sarasota,” he says. As to the site of the play’s climax, he adds, “I’ve never been to Key West. But around that time my then mother-inlaw had been down there and they visited the Little White House,” President Truman’s winter retreat. “That interested me, as literally the end of the road, and I thought that would be an interesting place to end the play.” Sagal wrote Most Wanted
a couple of years before he became a parent himself. Now that he has his own offspring, he looks at Frank and Doris differently. “I have to say weirdly, I actually have more sympathy for them now than I did initially, as I become them.” There are some wildly funny sequences in Most Wanted, but underneath the humor is “fear of death,” says the playwright. “That’s what really came out to me when I looked at it again. These people think they’re upset at their daughter. They think they’re doing it to benefit their grandchild. What they’re really doing is running away from the fact that their lives are done. Their lives are played out. But they’re trying to undo it. As they say, ‘Maybe this time we won’t screw it up.’” Sagal has been in South Florida to be a resource during rehearsals. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a rehearsal room. This is a world premiere and until it happens, everything is in flux,” he says. “If an idea to improve the play occurs to me, I’ll pursue it. Or if the actors turn to me and say, ‘Why are we doing this?’ I’ll think of something that makes more sense for the characters to do.” Although this was not why he wrote the play, Sagal notes that “there aren’t enough plays, I think, about the problems of old people. Most plays and movies are about the young. And older actors are an amazing resource, they know a lot of things. And it’s fun to write parts for them.” Still, when asked what the appeal of Most Wanted is, he responds without hesitation, “It’s an amusing romp about the inevitability of death. Say that.”
Reviews Here are excerpts of reviews of current and recent shows. For full reviews, see palmbeachartspaper.com. Last Flag Flying (opened Nov. 10) Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater’s alternately amusing and somber heartstringtugger about the victims of America’s misbegotten wars, is set in 2003, the first year of the Iraq invasion. And while the bipartisan pessimism toward this military quagmire had not yet permeated the populace, the movie’s veterans of Vietnam, like Bryan Cranston’s salty barkeep Sal Nelson, can read the tea leaves. When he’s not self-medicating with alcohol, his observations about the wars’ brutal rhymes are painfully lucid. The same can be said of Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), who served with Sal in ’Nam. Though he found God and works as a Baptist preacher, it only takes an hour in Sal’s company to dredge up memories of a more nihilistic time, and to allow for a few cynical, foul-mouthed bromides about the current occupation. “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell), a soft-spoken former sailor who spent a tumultuous period with Sal and Richard in the early 1970s, doesn’t share their bruising clarity about two governments callously lying us into wars of choice. But he’ll get close: The most important journey in this elegiac road film is Doc’s interior one. If the characters’ names seem familiar, it’s because they first appeared in The Last Detail, the Darryl Ponicsan novel turned Hal Ashby film remembered today as a benchmark of antiwar disillusionment. Ponicsan penned its sequel, Last Flag Flying, in 2005, and co-scripted this adaptation with Linklater. In the prior movie, Doc, then a convicted 19-year seaman, enjoyed a few days of hedonism and enlightenment under the care of signalman Sal and gunner’s mate Richard en route to serving a sentence in the Navy prison for theft. In the new film, it’s Doc who has corralled the older veterans, whom he hasn’t seen in nearly 25 years, for a solemn purpose. His son, a Marine, has just died in Iraq, and he wants his ’Nam shipmates to accompany him to Dover Air Force Base and bring the boy’s body back to Doc’s home in Portsmouth. Last Flag Flying is, for all intents and purposes, a standalone feature. Riffing on the anarchic textures of the original, it proceeds with the initial trappings of a lowkey caper, as this ragtag trio deploys cars, U-Haul trucks and trains to transport a coffin under the disapproving gaze of the military establishment. Sal relishes the camaraderie, and the escape it provides from his dilapidated bar, while the reticent Richard finds that his every opportunity to leave the
The COASTAL STAR group and return home is foiled by circumstances. Last Flag Flying both is and isn’t a trademark Linklater film. It may be the closest he’s come to directing an awardsbait prestige picture. Yet the walking-and-talking intimacies and delicate genre shifts of his best work are embedded in the movie’s DNA. Where other directors may lurch, Linklater glides gracefully between comedy and tragedy, poignancy and raffish wit. The Last Detail’s stylish ’70s existentialism never demanded a sequel. But as a model for healing, Last Flag Flying provides the semblance of closure we didn’t know we needed. — Palm Beach ArtsPaper Staff Seraphic Fire (St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Nov. 12) In its decade and a half of concertizing in South Florida, Seraphic Fire has occasionally featured concerts drawing on the music of the American church, usually from 19thcentury Protestant and AfricanAmerican traditions. In its second concert of the season, the Miami choir again turned to American hymnody, but the program assembled by guest conductor Beth Willer, director of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, was an intellectually rigorous, musically ambitious, hugely difficult program that refracted the idea of American religious song through a T.S. Eliot-inspired prism and let its split rays land on a substantial amount of newer American composition as well as pieces from other parts of the globe extending as far back as the 12th century. Heady stuff, in other words, but Willer and the choir came through it brilliantly, and gave its audience not only a feast for serious thought but also a remarkable overview of contemporary compositional invention. This program ranged far afield while drawing its unifying theme from Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” the last section of which was reprinted in the booklet. The concert ended with L.A.-based composer Shawn Kirchner’s “Hallelujah,” a bigboned arrangement of William Walker’s 1835 shape-note melody that was sung with crispness and optimism. Before that came two songs of much wider provenance, “Amazing Grace,” as arranged by Robert Page — bass Charles Evans was the fine soloist in this elegant and moving arrangement — and Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia.” Willer is an artist of total commitment who carefully and expertly crafted this concert, knowing that she would find South Florida audiences who would embrace it. So it may be no wonder that the Thompson Alleluia sounded like a benediction — for American musical creators and performers, and for a country in need of as much hope as it can get. — Greg Stepanich
Jesse Veliz, Trayven Call, Andrez Franco and Gaby Tortoledo in The Government Inspector. Photo by Maria Mor The Government Inspector (Florida Atlantic University, closed Nov. 19) The political satire The Government Inspector, written by Nikolai Gogol in the mid1830s, was adapted into a rollicking, slapstick piece by FAU student theater Director Desmond Gallant. Gogol produced a couple of scathingly satirical plays during his career that exposed fictional government officials for their blatant and open misanthropy. However, as Gallant says, “When Gogol wrote The Government Inspector, he did so under the ever-present eye of the tsar and his censors. This meant he had to be careful about how far to push his social and political criticism.” The director said he found “inherent irreverence” hidden between the play’s lines as he
ArtsPaper/Reviews AT17 recrafted the work. Well, he sure did a great job freeing up what Gogol had to keep secret. And while the play is still about Russian officials, Gallant Americanized it considerably. But he did maintain the author’s intent of showing how irreverent and shady officials can so easily be snookered by someone more irreverent and shadier – not unlike some denizens of Capitol Hill. And that is likely why this show was such a pleasure to watch — to see those scoundrels get their
comeuppance. Gallant’s refashioning of the play was subtle, but effective. At one point, the mayor (Stephen Kaiser) promises “to make this town great again.” No need to explain that one. Plaudits also go to costume designer Dawn Shamburger, who had her hands full coming up with outfits that are just right. Scenic designer K. April Soroko and scenic artist John Shamburger crafted a high-end office for the low-life characters. —Dale King
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Arts Calendar ART EXHIBITS Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens: Opens Dec. 9: Gordon Cheung: New Order Vanitas, the British artist’s prints of Dutch Golden Age still-lifes. Through Feb. 25. 10 am-4 pm. W-Sun. $10, $8 students. 832-5328 or www.ansg.org. Armory Art Center: Dec. 2-3: West Palm Beach Arts Festival; free admission, 10 am-5 pm. Opens Dec. 2: The Social Set, artworks drawn from people-watching by faculty member Sam Perry; through Jan. 6. 9 am-4 pm M-F, 9 am-2 pm Sat. Free admission. 832-1776 or www. armoryart.org. Boca Raton Museum of Art: Through April 8: Regarding George Ohr, works by the “Mad Potter of Biloxi” and 18 contemporary artists; Alex Katz: Small Paintings, reduced-scale works by the American artist. Through Dec. 31: Deep Line Drawings by Carlos Luna, works on paper by the Cuban artist. $12. 10 am-5 pm T/Th/F; 10 am-8 pm first W; noon-5 pm Sat & Sun. 392-2500, or www.bocamuseum.org. Cornell Art Museum: Through Feb. 25: Looking Glass, art that immerses the viewers in their own reflections. Through Feb. 25. 10 am-4:30 pm T-Sat; 1-4:30 pm Sun. Suggested donation: $5. 243-7922 or www. oldschoolsquare.org. Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: Opens Dec. 1: The Art of Rawk, works by Jason Newsted, former bassist for Metallica and now a Jupiter-based artist. He’ll also give two concerts Dec. 1 and Jan. 12 at the council with his Chophouse Band. Through Feb. 3. 10 am-5 pm T-Sat; free admission. 471-2901 or palmbeachculture.com. Flagler Museum: Through Dec. 31: Knights of the Air: Aviator Heroes of World War I. $18 adults; $10 ages 13-17; $3 ages 6-12; under 6 admitted free. 10 am-5 pm. T- Sat, noon-5 pm Sun. 6552833 or www.flaglermuseum.us. Lighthouse ArtCenter. Through Dec. 9: Elegant Threads, handmade art for the body and designs for alternative quilts and wall hangings. Opens Dec. 14: Jupiter Island Arts Exhibition, works by residents; through Jan. 18. $10 adults, $5 students over 12. 10 am-4 pm M-F, 10 am-2 pm Sat & Sun. 746-3101 or www. lighthousearts.org. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Through Jan. 21: Out of the Blue: Japanese Indigo Textiles, kimonos, covers, cloths and other textiles colored with the deep blue of the indigo plant. $15, $13 seniors, $9 children and college students. 10 am-5 pm. T-Sun. 495-0233 or www.morikami.org. Norton Museum of Art: Through Jan. 7: Earthworks: Mapping the Anthropocene, two dozen artworks by photographer Justin Brice Guariglia featuring images of places permanently changed by human interaction; through Dec. 10: Brilliant: Recent Acquisitions,, colorful works on paper and glass by Dale Chihuly, Arturo Herrera and Michael CraigMartin. Admission is free through 2018. 832-
5196 or www.norton.org. Society of the Four Arts: Opens Dec. 2: A Man for All Seasons: The Art of Winston Churchill; through Jan. 24. $5. 10 am-5 pm M-Sat; 1-5 pm Sun. 655-7226 or www.fourarts.org.
CABARET Wednesday, Dec. 6 Will and Anthony Nunziata: The songwriterperformer brothers offer music from Broadway along with holiday songs. 8 pm, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach. $30-$40. 243-7922 or oldschoolsquare.org.
CLASSICAL MUSIC Saturday, Dec. 2 Peter Serkin: The great American pianist in recital at Lynn University’s Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall, performing two works by Mozart and the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach. 7:30 pm. $20. 237-7000 or www.lynn.edu/events. Monday, Dec. 4 Vadym Kholodenko: The Ukrainian pianist was the 2013 gold medal winner at the Cliburn Competition. He’s programmed music by Mozart, Beethoven and the big G major sonata of Tchaikovsky. 2 pm; $25 and up. 832-7469 or www.kravis.org. Tuesday, Dec. 5 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk is the soloist in the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto and the young Chinese-American composer Shuying Li’s Out Came the Sun is heard in its Florida premiere. 8 pm; $35 and up. 832-7469 or www.kravis.org. Symphony of the Americas: The Florida Singing Sons and the Girl Choir of South Florida join the orchestra for a concert called “Holiday Voices.” 7:45 pm, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. 954-335-7002 or symphonyoftheamericas.org. Wednesday, Dec. 6 Palm Beach Symphony: Guest conductor Albert-George Schram leads the band in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta overture, Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, and the Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments by Swiss modernist Frank Martin. 7:30 pm, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. $40-45; 655-2776 or www.fourarts.org. Friday, Dec. 8 Master Chorale of South Florida: Brett Karlin leads his community chorus in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, with soloists Yetzabel Arias, Reginald Mobley, Steven Soph and Hadleigh Adams. 8 pm, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. $35 and up. 954-641-2653 or www.masterchoraleofsouthflorida.org. Sunday, Dec. 10 Symphonia Boca Raton: Conductor Gerard Schwarz returns for another guest performance with the Boca orchestra, featuring a new work of his own for cello and orchestra, with his son Julian as soloist. Julian also will play Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. 3 pm, Roberts Theater, St. Andrew’s School, Boca Raton. $50$84. 866-687-4201 or thesymphonia.org. Monday, Dec. 11 Philadelphia Orchestra Brass: The quintet
presents music by Gershwin, Gabrieli and the Russian brass quintet specialist Victor Ewald. 7 pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach. $50. 379-6773 or cmspb.org. Wednesday, Dec. 13; Friday, Dec. 15 Seraphic Fire: The annual Christmas concert, conducted by James Bass. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; 7:30 pm Friday, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton. $40-$45, Four Arts; $58, St. Gregory’s. 305-285-9060 or www.seraphicfire.org. Friday, Dec. 15; Sunday, Dec. 17 Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches: The community chorus gives performances of Handel’s Messiah at the Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, and at Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach. 7 pm. $25. 845-9696 or www. masterworkspb.org. Saturday, Dec. 16 Rachel Naomi Kudo: The American pianist celebrates the 247th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven with the 32 Variations in C minor and four of the master’s sonatas: No. 14 (Moonlight), 23 (Appassionata), No. 31 and his final essay in the form, No. 32. 7:30 pm, Steinway Piano Gallery, Boca Raton. $25. www.pianolovers.org. Tuesday, Dec. 19 South Florida Symphony: Cellist Zuill Bailey returns to solo with Sebrina Maria Alfonso’s orchestra in the Florida premiere of American composer Michael Daugherty’s cello concerto, Tales of Hemingway. Falla’s El Amor Brujo suite also is on the program, with mezzo Argentina Lopez and dancers from the Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Co. 7:30 pm, Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale. 954-522-8445 or southfloridasymphony.org.
DANCE Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 3 Ballet Palm Beach: The Palm Beach Gardens company presents for the first time The Nutcracker on a big stage: Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center. Founder Colleen Smith promises a reimagining of the ballet to hew closer to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story. 7:30 pm Friday; 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday; and 2 pm Sunday. With Lily Ojea Loveland as Marie. $19 and up. 8327469 or www.kravis.org. Thursday, Dec. 28-Saturday, Dec. 30 Miami City Ballet: The company presents a new version of The Nutcracker as staged by Isabel and Ruben Toledo, with new sets and costumes. 3 pm Thursday, 2 pm and 7 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday. Kravis Center. 832-7469 or www. kravis.org.
Friday, Dec. 8 Jane: Brett Morgen’s documentary about Jane Goodall, pioneering researcher of chimpanzees. Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton. 549-2600 or fau.livingroomtheaters.com. Friday, Dec. 15 Wonder Wheel: Woody Allen’s film tells the story of four people whose lives intertwine at Coney Island in the 1950s. With Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple.
December 2017 Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton. 549-2600 or fau.livingroomtheaters.com. Friday, Dec. 22 Call Me By Your Name: In northern Italy in 1983, a precocious American-Italian teenager enjoys a heady summer of intellectual exercise until he meets a doctoral student who exposes his real desires. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. With Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet. Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton. 549-2600 or fau.livingroomtheaters.com.
Saturday, Dec. 2 Shareef Clayton: The jazz trumpeter, a Miami native, has performed with a host of musical luminaries. 8 pm. Tickets: $30-45. Arts Garage, Delray Beach. 450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org. Wednesday, Dec. 6 Ann Hampton Callaway: The much-admired cabaret singer performs music by iconic female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and many others, in the second concert of the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s season. 7:45 pm, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. $27.50-$55. 954-4620222 or www.browardcenter.org. Thursday, Dec. 7 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Wynton Marsalis’s repertory jazz ensemble is joined by vocalist Catherine Russell. 8 pm, Kravis Center. $35 and up. 832-7469 or www.kravis.org. Friday, Dec. 15 Jean Caze Quintet: The Haitian-born trumpeter has won some of the biggest awards in jazz. 8 pm. $30-45. Arts Garage, Delray Beach. 450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org. Saturday, Dec. 16 Alex Weitz Quartet: Originally from Arizona, the young jazz saxophonist relocated to Florida and holds degrees from the University of Miami. 8 pm. $30-45. Arts Garage, Delray Beach.450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org. Sunday, Dec. 17 Mike Levine Jazz Sextet: The Floridabased pianist and composer has amassed a distinguished résumé that includes performances with Michael Bolton and David Sanborn. 8 pm. $30-45. Arts Garage, Delray Beach. 450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org.
Saturday, Dec. 9 Palm Beach Opera: The West Palm Beachbased company presents its annual Opera @ The Waterfront free outdoor concert, this year featuring the Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches along with the troupe’s orchestra, chorus and Young Artists. 2 pm, Meyer Amphitheater, West Palm Beach. 833-7888 or pbopera.org.
Friday, Dec. 1 Smith & Myers: Brent Smith and Zach Myers of Shinedown open a 16-city acoustic duo tour they’re calling Songs for the Soul. 7 pm, Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale. With JR Moore and Zack Mack. $31 and up. 954-449-1025 or ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, Dec. 2 Carols by Candlelight: 1970s stars Little River Band and John Ford Coley host an outdoor evening of holiday music that ends with a singalong and candle-lighting. Old School Square Pavilion, Delray Beach. 7 pm. $15 and up; bring a chair. 243-7922 or oldschoolsquare.org. Sunday, Dec.10 98 Degrees: The 1990s boy band fronted by Nick Lachey returns for a holiday concert. 8 pm, Kravis Center. 832-7469 or www.kravis.org. Friday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 16 Perpetual Groove: The jam band quartet is currently steering a Kickstarter campaign for its new album. With Fugu. 8 pm, Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale. $180. www.cultureroom.net.
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Opens Friday, Dec. 1 Little Shop of Horrors: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1982 musical about a florist who raises a man-eating plant. Through Dec. 17. Rinker Playhouse, Kravis Center. $35 and up. 832-7469 or www.kravis.org. Annie Get Your Gun: Irving Berlin’s classic 1946 musical about sharpshooter Annie Oakley, with songs that have become part of the American vernacular. Through Dec. 17 at the Delray Beach Playhouse. $30. 272-1281 or delraybeachplayhouse.com. Through Sunday, Dec. 3 A Christmas Story: Philip Grecian’s adaptation for the stage of Jean Shepherd’s classic tale and subsequent movie. Lake Worth Playhouse. $23$27. 586-6410 or lakeworthplayhouse.org. Thursday, Dec. 7, Friday, Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 10 Peter and the Starcatcher: Slow Burn Theatre mounts Rick Elice’s 2009 Tony Award-winning prequel to the Peter Pan story. 8 pm Thursday and Friday, 2 pm and 7 pm Sunday, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach. $65-$75. 243-7922 or oldschoolsquare.org. Opens Friday, Dec. 8 Billy and Me: A world premiere play by Terry Teachout that chronicles the friendship of two American playwrights, Tennessee Williams and William Inge. With Nicholas Richberg, Cliff Burgess and Tom Wahl. Through Dec. 31. $75, $90 opening night. 514-4042 or palmbeachdramaworks.org. Opens Monday, Dec. 11 All That Jazz: A revue of the dance numbers by the legendary Bob Fosse, whose work on musicals such as Sweet Charity and Chicago has become iconic. Through Dec. 22 at the Delray Beach Playhouse. $35. 272-1281 or delraybeachplayhouse.com. Through Sunday, Dec. 17 Newsies: The Jack Feldman-Alan Menken musical based on a 1992 film that treated the newsboys’ strike of 1899 in New York. Maltz Jupiter Theatre. 575-2223 or www. jupitertheatre.org. Through Saturday, Dec. 23 She Loves Me: Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s beloved 1963 musical about love in a perfume shop in 1930s Budapest. Wick Theatre, Boca Raton. 995-2333 or thewick.org
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Continued from page AT1 Once approved, exhibitions are held on the second floor of the facility at 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. “Every exhibit has a reception at the exhibit space,” says ColesDobay. “We have had [artist] presentations, demonstrations, interaction — some on a formal basis and others informal — where the visiting public can interact with the artists to learn more about their artwork.” The library’s current exhibition (through Jan. 4) is Destinations in Art, featuring the artwork of the Delray Art League. The exhibition was judged by artist and teacher Jim Rigg, and his commentary was put on video and posted on Boynton Beach Art in Public Places social media. During the artists reception, Deborah LaFogg Docherty created a pastel painting now on auction at the library. “I want to deliver exciting exhibitions,” Coles-Dobay says. n In Delray Beach, library art exhibits and receptions are linked with the “First Friday” art walks downtown. Artist receptions are 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., on the First Friday whenever a new exhibition is on display. As with the Boynton Beach City Library, the Delray Beach Public Library is showcasing the work of artists in the Delray Art League in Artful Expressions, which runs through Dec. 15. The next exhibit is Provence and Beyond by retired U.S. Army Col. Al Biegel, a painter. A reception to meet Biegel, who spends several weeks painting in Europe each spring, is Jan. 5. Art exhibits at the Delray Beach library run for two months, and Lee Simon, volunteer art coordinator since 2009, says exhibits are booked through 2018. “Obviously, it built a reputation,” Simon says. “I don’t go looking for people; they come looking for me.” For some artists, the Delray Beach Public Library is their very first public show. “Sometimes, I’ll group new artists,” Simon says. “It’s a tremendous exposure. Because libraries get a lot of traffic. People love just walking in and looking at the various exhibits.” Exhibitions are held on the library’s second floor. “I have a lot of wall space, and I utilize the wall space to the fullest. I can hold 30 to 35 large pieces and [with] smaller pieces I can hold up to 60 pieces,” Simon says. “I do six shows and six meet-and-greets a year.” n A committee selects the art on display at the downtown Boca Raton Library, 400 NW Second Ave., and artists are chosen on artistic merit. The library hosts a display of photography by Boca Raton high school students each May. “The quality is always really great, and it’s by local high school students and I think it’s
Photographer Diane Klein speaks with cousin Michael Behrman during a reception for a show of her work at the Highland Beach Library. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star amazing,” says Oyuki Poletz, program services librarian at the Boca Raton Library. The library has been hosting art exhibits since the building opened four years ago. “It’s been a really good experience,” Poletz says. “It’s nice to see different artists.” Artist exhibits are held in the lobby. “As a space, it is really nice and we get a lot of natural light coming in,” Poletz says. A recent exhibition featured the art of collage artist Nicole Washburn.
n The Highland Beach Library, at 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., has been hosting art exhibitions since the building opened in 2006. “The director at that time made sure the community room could also function as an art gallery. Typically, we have two artists at a time for two months at a time,” says event coordinator Suzi Hayes. “In addition, during the school winter break, we have a student art show for anyone up to grade 12. This year will be our
fifth annual for that event, and we have had eight to 15 participants.” The student art show is slated for Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. “We want them to continue with the art,” Hayes says of the student artists. “So we give them a little reception around the holidays so they can bring parents and grandparents.” The library’s current exhibition of paintings by Kathy Linden and photographs by Diane Klein runs through Dec. 15.
Klein says the Oct. 12 reception was a positive experience. “When you’re a photographer or painter, it’s very nice to have a venue like the library to show your work.” She attends music concerts at the library as well. “It’s a cultural place, an oasis I would say,” she says. n The Manalapan library, at 1330 Lands End Road, features a year-round nature photography exhibit from residents Michael and Kelly Gottlieb. A copy of a Winston Churchill painting, of a pool house located behind the library, also hangs year-round, says library director Lisa Petersen. Cocoanut Dreams, an exhibit of 30 black-and-white, sepia and hand-tinted photos from 1912 through 1925, will be on display from January through mid-February. The photographs by A. Romyn Pierson capture the lush tropical wilderness and romantic coconut groves of Ocean Ridge, Manalapan and Hypoluxo Island. Cocoanut Dreams also was displayed at the Boynton Beach City Library this summer. Ú
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Community Calendar Note: For Holiday Events, see Page H19 All events are current as of 11/24. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/2 - Food Drive & Toy Collection at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Benefits Boynton Beach Community Caring Center. Through 12/20 during regular library hours. Free/ bring donations. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary. org 12/2 - The Writer’s Studio at Delray Beach Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Every Sat 10 am. Free. 638-7251; delraylibrary.org 12/2 - Exhibition: RUBY-Artists Celebrating the Council’s 40th Anniversary at Cultural Council Artist Resource Center, 601 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. Runs through 2/3. T-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Free. 471-2901; palmbeachculture.com 12/2 - A Gilded Age Style Lunch in Café des Beaux-Arts at Flagler Museum Kenan Pavilion, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Delicacies & refreshments reminiscent of the elegance of entertaining during the Gilded Age. Runs through April. T-Sat 11:30 am-2:30 pm; Sun noon-3 pm. $22/museum member includes tax/gratuity; $40/nonmember includes museum admission/tax/ gratuity. Advance purchase recommended: 655-2833; flaglermuseum.us 12/2 - Literacy Coalition 2017 Read Together Palm Beach County Campaign Culmination at Hagen Ranch Road Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Rd, Delray Beach. Skype interview with Fredrick Backman conducted by author Scott Eyman. Limited seating. 12:30 pm. Free. 279-9103; literacypbc.org 12/2 - Poetry Workshop: Poetry & Activism with Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Part of Palm Beach Poetry Festival. 12:30 pm. $10/ person. Palmbeachpoetryfestival.org 12/2 - Pickleball at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Adults. M-F 8:30-11:30 am, F 6-8:30 pm, Sat 1-4 pm. Monthly pass $15/resident, $25/nonresident; $2/day. 243-7356; mydelraybeach. com 12/2 - America the Beautiful: The Great American Songbook, Legendary Movie Themes, Favorite Patriotic Songs and More with Dr. Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 3-4:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/2 - An Evening of Diverse Chamber Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University Rinker Hall, 326 Acacia Rd, West Palm Beach. 7:30 pm. $10/person; $5/student w/ ID. 803-2970; pba.edu 12/2 - Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches: Brilliant Brass! at Palm Beach State College Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth. 7:30 pm. $20. 832-3115; symphonicband.org 12/2 - Sick Puppies Comedy Show Improv at Center Stage Performing Arts, 7200 W Camino Real #330, Boca Raton. Every F/Sat 9-10:30 pm. $15/ online; $20/at the door. 954-667-7735; sickpuppiescomedy.com 12/2-3 - Artists in the Park presented by Delray Beach Art League at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St. Fine art exhibition/sales. Held again 12/16-17 & 1/6-7. 10 am-4:30 pm. Free. 843-2311; delrayartleague.com 12/2-3 - 2nd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival at Armory Art Center Campus, 811 Park Place. 10 am-5 pm. Free. 832-1776; westpalmbeachartfestival.com 12/2-3 - It’s Only a Play (PG-13) at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Held again 12/810. F/Sat 8 pm; Sun 2 pm. $20. 347-3948; willowtheatre.org 12/2-3 - Rose: The Untold Rose Kennedy Story at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theater, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Runs through 12/23. W-Sat 7:30 pm;
Sat/Sun 2 pm. $28-$66. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter.com 12/2-3 - Theater at the J: The Camp by Michael McKeever at Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton. Runs through 12/17. Th/Sat 7:30 pm; Th/ Sun 2 pm. $40/VIP reserved; $20/general admission. 558-2520; levisjcc.org
Sunday - 12/3 - Sado: Tea Ceremony Beginners Class at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Seishin-an Teahouse, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Study the traditional art of Sado, The Way of Tea. Workshop required for those who have never taken a Tea Ceremony Class but wish to start studying Sado. 2 lessons/month (12/3 & 10); individual appointments begin at 10:15 am. $50/ member; $55/non-member. Registration: 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/3 - Boynton Beach Jewish Book Fair: A Day Long Celebration of Books at Mandell JCC, 8500 Jog Rd. 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $10-$50. 740-9000; jcconline.com/ bookfestival 12/3 - Trunk Show: Italianissimo Jewelry at Boca Raton Museum of Art Store, 501 Plaza Real. Noon-4 pm. 3922500 x106; bocamuseum.org 12/3 - Free Museum Admission at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 1st Sun noon-5 pm. 392-2500; bocamuseum. org 12/3 - Countering the Iranian Threat: The Azerbaijani-Israeli Alliance in Israel’s Overall Strategy with Dr. Robert G. Rabil at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. Noon-1:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/3 - Pop-Up Artisan Event at Annutara Yoga, 2219 Seacrest Blvd, Delray Beach. Vegan food, music, kids yoga, arts/crafts. Family fare. Noon-6 pm. Free. 265-5189; annutarayoga.com 12/3 - Bridge Duplicate at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Sanctioned A.C.B.L. duplicate bridge game for the experienced player. Light lunch served. Partners available for singles. Runs through 12/28. Sun 12:30-4 pm (except special events & holidays). $10/ at the door. Reservations or partners: 3382995; myboca.us 12/3 - This Wonderful Life at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Classic film adapted into a one-man stage production starring Jeremy Kendall. 3 pm. $20/nonmember. Reserved tickets required. 6557226; fourarts.org 12/3 - Operatic Love Duets for Tenor and Soprano with Robyn Lamp and Edgar Miguel Abreu at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 3-4:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/3 - Concert: South Florida Jubilee Chorus at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Part of Friends Music Series. Adults. 3-4 pm. Free. Reservations required: 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/3 - Brandeis Study Group presents Catherine Lan, Pianist & Aleksandr Zhuk, Violinist at Steinway Piano Gallery, 7940 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. 4 pm. $20/member advance; $25/guest & at the door. 998-7784 12/3 - Mar-a-Lago from Post to Trump with Richard Rene Silvin at Wells Fargo Private Bank Community Room, 255 S County Rd, Palm Beach. Presented by Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews. 4-5:30 pm. Free/fellowship member; nonmember: $10/session or $35/season pass. 833-6150; palmbeachfellowship.net 12/3 - The Wolfepak Band at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7-9
Municipal Meetings 12/4 - Ocean Ridge - First Monday at Ocean Ridge Town Hall, 6450 N Ocean Blvd. 5 pm. Agenda: oceanridgeflorida.com 12/5 - Highland Beach - First Tuesday at Highland Beach Town Hall, 3614 S Ocean Blvd. 1:30 pm. Agenda: ci.highland-beach.fl.us 12/5 & 12 - Delray Beach - First & third Tuesdays at Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Ave. 6 pm. Agenda: mydelraybeach.com 12/5 & 19 - Boynton Beach - First and third Tuesdays at Boynton Beach City Hall, 100 E Boynton Beach Blvd. 6:30 pm. Agenda: boynton-beach.org 12/8 - Gulf Stream - Second Friday at Gulf Stream Town Hall, 100 Sea Rd. 9 am. Agenda: gulf-stream.org 12/11 - Lantana - Second & fourth Mondays at Lantana Town Hall, 500 Greynolds Cir. 7 pm. Agenda: lantana.org 12/12 - Boca Raton - Second & fourth Tuesdays at Boca Raton City Hall, 201 W Palmetto Park Rd. 6 pm. Agenda: myboca.us 12/19 - Manalapan - Fourth Tuesday at Manalapan Town Hall, 600 S Ocean Blvd. 10 am. Agenda: manalapan.org 12/19 - South Palm Beach - Fourth Tuesday at South Palm Beach Town Hall, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. 7 pm. Agenda: southpalmbeach.com 12/28 - Briny Breezes - Fourth Thursday at Briny Breezes Town Hall, 4802 N Ocean Blvd. 4 pm. Agenda: townofbrinybreezes-fl.com pm. $20-$30. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Monday - 12/4 - Pickleball at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Combines badminton & tennis. Adults. M/W/F 9 amnoon; T/Th 10 am-1 pm. $5/person; annual pass $130/resident, $165/non-resident. 742-6550; boynton-beach.org 12/4 - Reel Jews and Judaism, Part II: How Movies Create a Cultural Record of Jewish History and Traditions with Dr. Burton Atkins at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/4 - Friends of the Museum Auxiliary General Meeting at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 590 Plaza Real. Membership meeting. Learn about upcoming events. Meeting, coffee, pastries, film and/or speaker. 10:30 am-1 pm. Free. RSVP: 3922500 x213; bocamuseum.org 12/4 - Senior Bingo at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Age 50 & up. M/W 10:30 am-noon. Free. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Lunch & Learn: Most Influential Women in Contemporary Art with Mark Cohen at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. Bring lunch, learn about art. 12:45-1:30 pm. Free. 8321776; armoryart.org 12/4 - Declutter Your Phone, Closet & Life at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/4 - Happy Squares Dance Club at Boynton Beach Civic Center, 128 E Ocean Ave. All skill levels welcome. Age 18 & up. Every M 6:45-9:15 pm. $6/person. 8652611; boynton-beach.org 12/4 - Bike Nite at Tilted Kilt Pub & Brewery, 3320 Airport Rd #1, Boca Raton. Held by Fury Road Riders, benefits Natural High, a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to inspire youth to discover their natural high, say no to drugs and alcohol. Tilted Kilt donates 10% of food bill to Natural High. Every M 7 pm. 5043310; furyroadrc.com 12/4 - The Ragtime Craze with Robert Wyatt at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of holiday lecture series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 7-9 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/4-5 - Auditions for And The World Goes Round: The Music of Kander & Ebb at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Production dates 2/2-18. 2 men/3 women. Prepared monologues welcome, not necessary. 7:30 pm. Free. 272-1281 x4; delraybeachplayhouse.com Tuesday - 12/5 – Pickleball: Advanced Play at Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave. Adults. T/Th/F 9 am-1 pm. Monthly pass $15/resident, $20/ non-resident; 3-month pass $40/resident, $50/non-resident; 6-month pass $60/ resident, $70/non-resident. 243-7250;
mydelraybeach.com 12/5 - Countering the Iranian Threat: The Azerbaijani-Israeli Alliance in Israel’s Overall Strategy with Dr. Robert G. Rabil at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls/ 12/5 - Julie Budd: Remembering…Mr. Sinatra at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Part of Adults at Leisure Series. 11 am & 2 pm. $29. 832-7469; kravis.org 12/5 - Boca Raton Noon Toastmasters at Train Depot, 747 S Dixie Hwy. Improve public speaking, leadership abilities. Every T 12:15-1:15 pm. Free. 251-4164; toastmastersclub.org 12/5 - Couples Round Dance at Boynton Beach Civic Center, 128 E Ocean Ave. Learn figures/routines to waltz, swing, foxtrot. Age 18 & up. Every T 1-2:30 pm (high intermediate level), 2:30-4 pm (low intermediate level). $12/couple. 352-4555759; boynton-beach.org 12/5 - Chess Club at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Knowledge of the game necessary. Age 18 & up. Every T/F 1-4 pm. Annual fee $20/resident; $30/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/5 - Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Traditional flower arranging using fresh flowers. Every T through 12/19. Beginner 11am-1pm; Intermediate 1-3 pm. $52.50/member; $60/non-member; + $60/ flower fee. Advance registration required: 495-0233; morikami.org 12/5 - The United Nationals’ Fixation on Israel: A Failure of Moral Vision with Dr. Samuel M. Edelman at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/5 - Getting to Know Your New iPad at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 544-8578; bocalibrary.org 12/5 – Socrates Café at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Philosophical discussions. Every T 1:30-3 pm. Free. 3937852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/5 - Word 2013 Basics at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - D. Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens with Leta Foster, Joan Carl and Brian Coleman at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Book signing & reception follow. 2:30 pm. $10/ non-member; free/member. Reservations required: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/5 - The Strange and Literary Key West with Dr. Taylor Hagood at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium,
777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 3:30-5 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/5 - Ukulele Music Interactive at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. All ages. 1st & 3rd T 6-9 pm. Free. 2437350; mydelraybeach.com 12/5 - Pinochle at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Every T/Th 6-9 pm. Free. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/5 - Soul Line Dancing at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Age 18+. Every T 7-8:30 pm. $6/person. 742-6550; Boyntonbeach.org 12/5 - Sibling Harmony: The Everly Brothers’ Story and Song with Dr. Joan Friedenberg & Bill Bowen at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 7-8:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/ any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/5 - Blue Tuesdays at Boston’s on the Beach, 40 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Hosted by Famous Frank Ward. Every T 8:30-11:30 pm. Free. 278-3364; bostonsonthebeach.com Wednesday - 12/6 - Lawn Bowling at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Takes skill/practice. Age 18 & up. W/F 9 amnoon. Annual fee $40/resident; $45/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/6 - The Middle East in the Age of Trump with Dr. Mehmet Gurses at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $75/any 3 events; $120/any 8 events; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - Senses of Cinema Presents Film for Thought Class at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Ages 18+. 10 am-12:45 pm. Per class $12/resident, $15/ non-resident. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/6 - Socrates Cafe at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Philosophical discussions facilitated by Claire Drattell and Don Clare. Every W 11:30 am-1 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - Bards of a Feather: Round Robin Poetry Reading at Green Cay Nature Center Community Room, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Hosted by Palm Beach Poetry Festival. 12:30 pm. Free. palmbeachpoetryfestival.org 12/6 - Adult Coloring Club at Highland Beach Library, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. Use our coloring sheets or bring your own. Every W 1 pm. Free. 278-5455; highlandbeach.us 12/6 - South Coast Big Band Dance Party at Boynton Beach Senior Center, 1021 S Federal Hwy. Standards, pop, big band swing, jazz. Every W 1-3 pm. $2/ non-member; free/member. 742-6570; boynton-beach.org 12/6 - From Nuremberg to Syria: War Crimes and the Development of International Human Rights Law with Dr. Steven D. Roper at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/ at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau. edu/lls 12/6 - Ikebana: Sogetsu SchoolBeginners at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Oki Education Center, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Contemporary flower arranging using fresh flowers. Every W through 12/20 1:30-3:30 pm. $50.50/member; $60/non-member; + $60/flower fee. Advance registration required: 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/6 - Word 2013 Intermediate at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Preregistration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - The British Invasion: The Music That Took Over our Lives From 1964 to
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December 2017 1967 at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Part of Nostalgia Concert Series: Feelin’ Groovy with PinkSlip Duo. 2 pm. $25. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/6 - Artistry and Rivalry: Jan Peerce and Richard Tucker with Paul Offenkrantz at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 3:30-5 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - Boynton Delray Uke Society at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Ukulele lovers group. 1st W 5 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - End of Life Decisions at Palm Beach Post Auditorium, 2751 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. Panel presentation helps prepare families for end of life decisions. Presented by League of Women Voters. 5:30 pm doors open. Free. 276-4898; lwvpbc.org 12/6 - Music Streaming and Downloads at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 544-8578; bocalibrary.org 12/6 - Adult Silent Painting PartyTheme: Flamingo at Boynton Beach Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Ave. Learn to use a slab roller, coil maker, electric wheel. 6:30-8:30 pm. $30/resident; $38/non-resident. 7426650; boynton-beach.org 12/6 - Music Americana: The Songs of the Rolling Stones with Rod MacDonald and the Humdingers at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 7-9 pm. $60/ annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - Will and Anthony: Broadway Holiday at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $30-$40. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/6-8 - The Laramie Project at Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. American Songbook Series. W-F 7:30 pm; Th 12:30 pm. $5. 237-7000; lynn.tix.com Thursday - 12/7 - Rippers Knitting Club at Boynton Beach Civic Center, 128 E Ocean Ave. Registration form must be completed on 1st visit. All skill levels. Every Th 9 amnoon. $10/per season. 742-6240; boyntonbeach.org 12/7 - Quilters meet at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest. Share quilting information, perpetuate quilting as a cultural/artistic form. Sale of quilted items supports the Library. Every Th 9-11:30 am. Free. 742-6886; boyntonlibrary.org 12/7 - Dramawise Series: Billy and Me by Terry Teachout at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach. Includes 2 with intermission. Participants may choose to attend all or a portion of the program. Act 1 10-11:30 am; Intermission (Lunch at a downtown West Palm Beach restaurant) 11:45am12:45 pm; Act 2 1-2 pm. Acts 1 & 2 & Intermission $50-$60; Intermission & Act 2 $40-$45; Act 2 $15-$20. 514-4042 x2; palmbeachdramaworks.org 12/7 - Visual Intelligence; Using Works of Art to Sharpen World Perception with Dr. Oge Marques at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/ at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau. edu/lls 12/7 - Gmail Basics at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 10-11:30 am. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 2660196; delraylibrary.org 12/7 - United States Citizenship: 100 Questions: Part 2 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 11 am12:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca.us/957/ Library 12/7 - A.N.T.H.U.M. Jazz Band Dance Party at Boynton Beach Senior Center, 1021 S Federal Hwy. Standards, pop, big
band swing, jazz. Every Th 1-3 pm. $2/ non-member; free/member. 742-6570; boynton-beach.org 12/7 - Senior Bridge at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Experienced players welcome. Partners not needed. Every Th 1-4 pm. Annual fee $15/resident + $1/game; $25/non-resident + $2/game. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/7 - Global Energy, Environment, Economy: Policy Maker’s Nightmare with Molly Williamson at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/ at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau. edu/lls 12/7 - Mar-A-Lago, Where Dreams Come True: From Marjorie Merriweather Post to President Trump with Rene Silvin at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 3:30-5 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/ at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau. edu/lls 12/7 - Best Foot Forward Inner Circle Executive Club Toy Drive at Pinon Grill, 6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Bring toys for Best Foot Forward children. 5-8 pm. Free/ admission. 470-8300; bestfoot.org 12/7 - Town Hall Talks: 90th Birthday Celebration featuring Kathy Dickenson at Boca Raton History Museum, 71 N Federal Hwy. 5-9 pm. $5/ adult; free/member. RSVP: 395-6766 x301; bocahistory.org 12/7 - Night Line Dance at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Every Th through 12/14. Beginner 6-7 pm; Beginner & High Beginner 6-8 pm; High Beginner 7-8 pm; Intermediate 8-9 pm; high beginner & intermediate 7-9 pm. $25/resident; $31/non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/7 - Special Concert-After Nature: Speculative Auralizations of the Anthropocene at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. 7 pm. 832-5196; norton.org 12/7 - Another Evening of Storytelling with Frank Cerabino at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Holiday Lecture Series at FAU Lifelong Learning Society. 7-8:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/advance member; $35/ at the door & non-member. 297-3171; fau. edu/lls 12/7 - An Evening with Petula Clark at Palm Beach State College Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth. 8 pm. $50$75. 868-3309; duncantheatre.org 12/7 - Feedback: Open Mic Night at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-11 pm. $10/online; $12/at the door. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Friday - 12/8 - Sort & Organize Inner Circle Toy Drive Gifts at Best Foot Forward, 9045 LaFontana Blvd, Boca Raton. 9 am-2 pm. Free/volunteer. 470-8300; bestfoot.org 12/8 - Wrap Customers’ Gifts at Barnes & Noble, 1400 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Tips/donations benefit Best Foot Forward. 9 am-3 pm. Free/volunteer. 470-8300; bestfoot.org 12/8 - Great Books Discussion Group at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Every F 10 am. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org 12/8 - iPad Intermediate at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 10-11:30 am. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/8 - Canasta Class at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Basic techniques: how to count points, keep score, play of the hand. Couples and singles welcome. Each player required to purchase 4 decks of cards (2 red, 2 blue) + canasta tray, bring to first class. F through 12/29 10 am-noon. $50/ resident; $63/non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/8 - Supervised Bridge Play at Boca
Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton. John Black: 2 hours supervised Bridge play. Partners not needed. Adults. Every F 10 am-noon. $10/ person. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/8 - Current Events Discussion Group at Highland Beach Library, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. Every F 10:30 am-noon. Free. 2785455; highlandbeach.us 12/8 - Balkan by the Beach: International Folk Dance at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Benefit of exercise, pleasure of dancing to beautiful music. No experience or partner needed. Age 50 & up. Every F 10:45 am-1:15 pm. $5/ resident; $6/non resident per class. 2437350; mydelraybeach.com 12/8 - Lunch On The Lawn at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Held again 12/15. 11 am-4 pm. Free. 3937890; myboca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=177 12/8 - Bill Gove Golden Gavel Toastmasters Club at Duffy’s Sports Grill, 4746 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach. Every F noon-1 pm. $12/lunch or $5/soft drink; cash only. 742-2121; billgovetoastmastersclub.com 12/8 - Adult Coloring Club at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2nd & 4th F 2 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/8 - Word 2013 Advanced at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/8 - Cabana Boy at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Part of Interactive Studio Theatre Series. 2 pm. $25. 272-1281 x4; delraybeachplayhouse. com 12/8 - Introspect Art Exhibit Opening Reception at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 5-7 pm. Free. RSVP: 4506357; artsgarage.org 12/8 - Raise the Curtain Cocktail Party: The Symphonia at St. Andrew’s School Roberts Theater, 3900 Jog Rd, Boca Raton. Sneak peak of rehearsal of Gerard Schwarz’s new composition for cello & orchestra; join Apollo Award for
Community Calendar AT21 Music Excellence recipient celebrating his 70th birthday. 6-8:30 pm. $75. 376-3848; thesymphonia.org 12/8 - Evening on the Avenue at Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. Live music, food vendors, crafts, artists selling their artwork. Every F 6-10 pm. Free. 588-8344; lakeworth.org 12/8 - Bonfire on the Beach at Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex, 10 S Ocean Blvd. Bring beach chairs. 2nd & 4th F through 2/23. 6-9 pm. Free; metered parking. 533-7395; lakeworth.org 12/8 - Friday Oldies Night with Joey Dale at The Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Every F 6 pm dinner; 8 pm showtime/dancing. $10/includes house drink. 912-0000; paviliongrille.com 12/8 - Exhibition Opening Reception: 2nd Biennial Artists of the Art Salons at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. Exhibit runs through 1 /6. 6-8 pm. Free. 832-1776; armoryart.org 12/8 - Singing the Blues: Traditional Japanese Indigo at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Theater, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Presented by John Marshall; lively/informative presentation on the rich diversity, enduring beauty of traditional Japanese Indigo. 6 pm doors open; 7 pm presentation. $7/ member; $10/non-member. Advance purchase required: 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/8 - Free Friday Concert: Simply Tina (Tina Turner Tribute) part of Free Friday Concerts at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets; rental chairs available. No pets or outside food/ beverage. Weather permitting. 6:30 pm gates open; 7:30 pm concert starts. Free admission/donations appreciated. 2439722; oldschoolsquare.org 12/8 - Randy Rawls speaks and signs his book Jingle And His Magnificent Seven at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. Purchase of hardcover copy entitles you to two seats. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com 12/8 - Laser Shows at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801
Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. 7 pm Laser Holidays; 8 pm Metallica; 9 pm Pink Floyd The Wall. $10/person/show. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/8 - Castoffs Square Dance Club at Boynton Beach Civic Center, 128 E Ocean Ave. Basic modern western square dancing. Every F 7-7:45 pm dance & rounds; 7:459:30 pm dance club. $12/couple at the door. 731-3119; boynton-beach.org 12/8 - Carol J. Bufford at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $30-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/8 - Polo Presents Motown Friday Nights with Memory Lane at The Colony Palm Beach, 155 Hammon Ave. Music from the Temptations, Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye. Every F 9:30 pm. $20 cover includes free drink coupon. 659-8100; thecolonypalmbeach.com 12/8-9 - Dances We Dance Fall Showcase at Florida Atlantic University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. F/ Sat 7 pm; Sat 1 pm. $15. 800-745-3000; fauevents.com Saturday - 12/9 - Biathlon at Meadows Park Pool, 1300 NW 8th St, Boca Raton. 1000-yard swim & 5K run. Awards for top 3 female, top 3 male finishers. 7 am. $40/ adult; $30/kids under age 18. 393-7851; myboca.us 12/9 - Ride & Remember Trolley Tour departs from Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 2-hour tour; focus on 5 historic districts. 2nd Sat 10 am-noon. $25. Reservations: 279-8883; spadymuseum.com 12/9 - Workshop: The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Oki Education Center, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Two sessions: 10:30 am-noon; 1:30-3 pm. $35 plus $10/materials fee. Pre-registration required: 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/9 - Preparatory School of Music Recital at Lynn University AmarnickGoldstein Concert Hall, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. 11 am. Free. 237-9000; lynn. edu 12/9 - Taste History Culinary Tours
AT22 Community Calendar of Historic Lake Worth and Lantana conducted by Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History departs at 11 am from Macy’s (outside East Entrance) Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N Congress Ave. 4-hour tour includes bus/walking tour, food sampling, visits to historical/cultural sites. Narrated by live guide. Held again 12/23. 2nd Sat year-round, rain or shine. Reservations required: check website for available dates. $50-$60/ adult & senior citizen; free/child under 18 (max 5 children per family.) 243-2662; tastehistoryculinarytours.org 12/9 - Illustrated Lecture: A Man for All Seasons - The Art of Winston Churchill at The Society of The Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, discusses the life and art of Winston Churchill. 11 am. Free. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/9 - What is Shinto? at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Theater, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 1:30 pm. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/9 - Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $20/adult; $15/student w/ID. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/9 - Opera @ The Waterfront at Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St, West Palm Beach. Opera’s most recognizable arias and ensembles performed by international guest artists and Palm Beach Opera Young Artists, Orchestra and Chorus. Bring lawn chair, blanket, picnic basket. 2 pm. Free. 833-7888; pbopera.org 12/9 - Book+Art/Silent Spring by Rachel Carson + Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. 2 pm. Free. 832-5196; norton. org 12/9 - Young Singers of the Palm Beaches: Winter Tapestry 2017 at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 7:309:30 pm. $15-$45. 832-7469; kravis.org 12/9 - 4th Annual Chamber Music Competition Final Round at Lynn University Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. Free. 237-9000; lynn.edu 12/9 - Spencer & Sequoia: Love at First Sound at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $20-$30. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/9-10 - Art Al Fresco at Lake Worth Beach, 10 S Ocean Blvd. Presented by Lake Worth Art League. Free.11 am-7 pm. Lwartleague.org 12/9-10 - It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Sat 7 pm; Sun 2 pm. $25/ adult; $15/child age 12 & under. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org
Sunday - 12/10 - Diamonds and Donuts Car Show at Diamonds By Raymond Lee, 2801 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Brunch/ light bites, jewelry giveaway, live DJ, car exhibition. 9 am-noon. 750-6744; 6238205; raymondleejewelers.net 12/10 - Sado: Tea Ceremony Intermediate Class at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Seishin-an Teahouse, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Study the traditional art of Sado, The Way of Tea. Tea Ceremony Workshop required for those who have never taken a Tea Ceremony Class but wish to start studying Sado. 2 lessons/month (12/10 & 17); individual appointments begin at 10:15 am. $50/member; $55/non-member. Advance registration required: 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/10 - Block Printing Workshop at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Oki Education Center, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $50 + $10/materials fee (admission does NOT include museum admission). Pre-registration required: 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/10 - Open House at Boca Raton Museum Art School, 801 W Palmetto Park Rd. 1-4 pm. Free. Pre-registration required:
The COASTAL STAR 392-2503; bocamuseum.org 12/10 - Peter Pan part of the National Theatre Live Series at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. All performances live unless otherwise noted. 2 pm. $25/ adult; $15/student. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/10 - Boca Talk: Diana Tuite-Never ScaleBack: The Paintings of Alex Katz at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 3-4 pm. $5/member; $10/ non-member. RSVP: 392-2500 x213; bocamuseum.org 12/10 - JM & The Sweets at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. $10. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Monday - 12/11 – The Golden Honeymoon part of Great Books group at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. 10-11:30 am. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/11 - Monday Morning Muffins & Mysteries: Blind Goddess by Anne Holt at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 10:30-11:30 am. Free. 3937906; myboca.us/957/Library 12/11 - Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend with Meryl Gordon at Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Book signing & reception follow. 2:30 pm. $10/non-member; free/member. Reservations: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/11 - Choral Workshop with Dr. Donna Plasket and Phillip BergmannHoliday Mix at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Five evenings (through 4/16), varied score readings for choral enthusiasts. 5:30-7:15 pm. Free. Reservations required: 805-8562; fourarts. org 12/11 - Downtown Lake Worth Food Truck Invasion at Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. 2nd M 6-10 pm. 844-682-7466; foodtruckinvasion.com 12/11 - Beyond Art Basel at Cornell Art Museum, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Presentation by special guest contemporary artist Jeremy Penn. Music, live painting performance, music, wine, lite bites, more. 6:30-8:30 pm.$10/person; free/member. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare. org Tuesday - 12/12 - Hidden History of Florida with James C. Clark part of Florida Voices Book Discussion at The Society of the Four Arts King Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 1:30 pm. Free. 6552766; fourarts.org 12/12 - Homestead Exemption Outreach at Boynton Beach Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office takes your homestead exemption application, answers valuation questions. Bring a copy of your deed; proof of residency required. 1:30-2:30 pm. Free. 742-6886; boyntonlibrary.org 12/12 - Excel 2013 Basics at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/12 - Presentation: Tennessee Williams & William Inge, Playwrights hosted by Terry Teachout and William Hayes part of the Dramalogue Talking Theatre series at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach. Series explores working in the theatre in conversations with/ about the artists who create the magic. 2 & 7 pm. $23/individual ticket; $108/full series. 514-4042; palmbeachdramaworks.org 12/12 - The Foreign Policy of Donald J. Trump: A One Year Assessment with Dr. Jeffrey Morton at Florida Atlantic University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. 4 pm. $30. 800-745-3000; 12/12 - Be Plastic Aware! Microplastics in the Environment at Mounts Botanical Garden Clayton Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. Speaker Maia McGuire, PhD UF/IFAS. 5:30 pm. $10/member; $15/non-member. 2331757; mounts.org 12/12 - Habitat Young Professionals Club Kickoff & Ugly Sweater Party at Ouza Bay Greek Kouzina, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 5:30-8:30 pm. $20/ advance; $25/at the door. 819-6070 x203;
habitatsouthpalmbeach.org 12/12 - Night in Shanghai by Nicole Monesard Flanagan part of Evening Book Group at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 6 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/12 - Music & Interactive Art at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 50 NW 1st Ave, Delray Beach. Bring an instrument, join the open jam session style music. Easels & art supplies set up for anyone wanting to explore their inner creativity in a non-instructional environment. Join in or sit and listen! All ages. 2nd T 6-9 pm. Free. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/12 - Art Salon: The Sum of the Parts with Nazare Feliciano at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. Bring lunch, learn about art. 6:30-8:30 pm. $10. 832-1776; armoryart.org 12/12 - Foreign Film Series: Wild Tales (R) at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6:30-9 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/12 - Kretzer Kids in Concert at Harriet Himmel Theater, 700 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach. Part of Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s Music for the Mind Concert Series. 7 pm. $10/adult; $5/ student. 748-0036; kretzerpiano.com 12/12 - Just Another Family Tree: An Evening with Patrick Cassidy at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton 7:30 pm. $65. 995-2333; thewick.org 12/12 - Shed Sessions at The Spady: Spady House Band at The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 2nd T 8-11 pm. $10/at the door; free/musicians. 278-8883; spadymuseum. com 12/12 - SHINE: All Arts Open Mic Monthly Showcase at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $10/ advance; $12/at the door. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/12-14 - Palm Beach Watercolor Society Workshop featuring Vladislav Yeliseyev at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. 9 am-4 pm. $320/member; $360/non-member. palmbeachwatercolorsociety.org Wednesday -12/13 - First day of Hanukkah 12/13 - Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club at City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Speaker Roger Stone. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. $45/member or first-time guest; $50/nonmember. 852-0000; goldcoasttigerbayclub. com 12/13 - Literary Lectures: Helen DeWitt at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 3937852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/13 - Excel 2013 Intermediate at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Preregistration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/13 - Silver Science Days at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Special afternoon for adults/retirees. Age 62 & up. 2nd W 2-5 pm. $10. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/13 - Zonta Club of Boca Raton at Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 2nd W 5:30 pm. $30. 482-1013; zontabocaraton.org 12/13 - Writers’ Corner at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Manuscript critiquing by published authors. 6:30-8 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org Thursday - 12/14 - Exhibition Opening: Spotlight Miss Lucy’s 3 Day Dollhouse Party at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. Exhibit runs through 2/4 regular museum hours. Free admission through 12/2018. 832-5196; norton.org 12/14 - Shell Chic Designs with Robin Grubman: Ornaments at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 10 am-noon. $75 (materials included). Reservations required: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/14 - Gmail Advanced at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 10-11:30 am. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-
Artisan Market every Sunday and Wednesday, Plaza del Mar, 230 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan. Unique food finds, local artists, handicraft vendors. 10 am-3 pm. Free. 762-5340; plazadelmarshopping.com Boca Raton GreenMarket every Saturday, Royal Palm Place Southwest Parking Lot, intersection of S Federal Highway and SE Mizner Blvd. 8 am-1 pm. Free. downtownboca.org; 299-8684; firstname.lastname@example.org Delray Beach GreenMarket every Saturday, Old School Square Park, 50 NE 2nd Ave, one block north of Atlantic Ave. Fresh local produce, baked goods, gourmet food items, plants, live music, children’s activities. 9am-2pm. 276-7511; delraycra.org Lake Worth Farmer’s Market every Saturday, Old Bridge Park, 10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth. 9 am-1 pm. Free. 547-3100; lakeworthfarmersmarket.com Lantana Greenmarket every Wednesday at Bicentennial Park, 312 E Ocean Ave, Lantana. Featuring homegrown veggies, fruits and flowers. 2 pm-sunset. Free. 9290237 0196; delraylibrary.org 12/14 - Great Decisions Discussion Group at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 10-11:30 am. Free. 2669490; delraylibrary.org 12/14 - The Delray Beach Playhouse Musical Memories Matinee at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 11:30 am. $55. RSVP by 12/7. 392-2500 x213; bocamuseum.org 12/14 - Educational Courses at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Lunch provided. Preserving Art Assets 10:30-11:30 am; Social Media-The New Liability Frontier 12:30-1:30 pm. RSVP: 392-2500 x212; bocamuseum.org 12/14 - Resume Coaching at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. Candidates will have a 30 minute private session by appointment only. 1-4 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/14 - Fun Chefs with Stacy Stolman at The Society of The Four Arts Rovensky Administration Building Kitchen, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Two times: 2:30 or 3:30 pm. Free. Reservations required: 8058562; fourarts.org 12/14 - TEA with the TOP: Talk, Empower, and Accelerate Your Business at Florida Women’s Business Center, 401 W Atlantic Ave #9, Delray Beach. 2:30-4 pm. $25/person; free/FWBC client. Registration required: 265-3790 x9; flwbc.org 12/14 - Casting By (TV-14 - 2012) at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 5:30 pm. $10. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/14 - Open Reading Night at School of Creative Arts/Crest Studios at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Listen or sign up to read from an original work (published or unpublished). All levels welcome. Read for 10-15 minutes then open discussion (not critique). 2nd Th 6:308:30 pm. Free. 742-3244; oldschoolsquare. org 12/14 - Curator’s Conversations: Miss Lucy’s 3 Day Dollhouse Party at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. Insightful discussions about special exhibitions, installations, the Museum Collection. All ages. 6:30 pm. Free. 832-5196: norton.org 12/14 - Jazz in the Gallery at Boca Raton Museum of Art Outdoor Sculpture Garden, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. The Marshall Turkin Classic Jazz Ensemble. 7-8:30 pm. Free w/paid admission. 392-2500; bocamuseum.org 12/14 - My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith part of Novel Idea Book Club discussion at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 7-8 pm. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library 12/14 - Science on Tap at Due South Brewing Company, 2900 High Ridge Rd, Boynton Beach. Discuss the latest trends in science and technology with a world-class scientist. 7-9 pm. Free/admission. 8321988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/14 - Mod 27 at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $15. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Friday - 12/15 - Wrap Presents at Best Foot Forward, 9045 LaFontana Blvd, Boca Raton. 9 am-4 pm. Free/volunteer. 4708300; bestfoot.org 12/15 - iPad Advanced at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 10-11:30 am. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-
0196; delraylibrary.org 2/15 - Who is Related to Whom at Green Cay? With Jonathan K. Waage at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. New series Science for Seniors held select Fridays. Age 50+. 1 pm. $5/person. Registration required: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 12/15 - The Gathering Storm (G-2002) at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2:30 & 6 pm. Free. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/15 - Music on the Rocks at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Food, snacks, beverages available for purchase. 3rd F 6-10 pm through June. Free. 600-9097; catchboynton.com 12/15 - Dancing Through the Decades at Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave, Boynton Beach. Adults. 6:30-8:30 pm. $5/ person. 742-6641; boynton-beach.org 12/15 - Free Friday Concert: TK Blu and the UNCOOL (Jazz/R&B/Blues) part of Free Friday Concerts at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets; rental chairs available. No pets or outside food/beverage. Weather permitting. Gates open 6:30 pm; concert starts 7:30 pm. Free admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare. org 12/15 - Andrew Gross speaks and signs his book The Saboteur at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. Free. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com Saturday - 12/16 - Koto: Japanese Traditional Music Workshop at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Adults choose which instrument they would like to study: 13-string koto or shakuhachi. Program aimed at beginners. 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $50. 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/16 - Saltwater Brewery 4th Anniversary Block Party at 1701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. Special releases, guest taps, music, food trucks, raffles, more. Noon-10 pm. Free/admission. 8655373; saltwaterbrewery.com 12/16 - The Way of Tea: Sado Demonstration at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Seishin-an Teahouse, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Observe Japanese sado by the OmoteSenke tea group, an ever-changing tea ceremony demonstration rich in sensational subtleties. Noon, 1:30 pm & 3 pm. $5 w/ paid museum admission. 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/16 - Excel 2013 Advanced at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/16 - Artists at Work: Cheryl MaederPhotography & Video Installations at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 3-4 pm. Free w/ museum admission. 3922500 x106; bocamuseum.org 12/16 - The Next Generation Road Rascals & Art of Speed Car Show at Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex, 10 S Ocean Blvd. 2nd Th through 12/6 9 pm. $15 registration fee. 786-234-8152; lakeworth.org/events 12/16 - Drum Circle at Veterans Park Gazebo, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. 3rd Sat 7-10 pm. Free. 243-7350; mydelraybeach. com 12/16 - Piano Lovers presents Rachel
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December 2017 Kudo: Special Beethoven Birthday Concert at Steinway Piano Gallery, 7940 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $25/online; $30/at the door. 573-0644; BocacCncerts@gmail.com 12/16 - Joy Behar Live! at Florida Atlantic University Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. 8 pm. $50-$75. 800-745-3000; fauevents. com 12/16 - Sinatra to Soul at Boca Black Box Center for the Arts, 8221 Glades Rd #10. The Chris Thomas Band. 8 pm. $30-$40. 4839036; bocablackbox.com 12/16-17 - Artists in the Park presented by Delray Beach Art League at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St. Fine art exhibition/ sales. Held again 1/6-7. 10 am-4:30 pm. Free. 843-2311; delrayartleague.com 12/16-17 - Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Show at 500 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth. Sat 10 am-8 pm; Sun noon-6 pm. Free/admission. 822-5440; palmbeachshow.com
Sunday - 12/17 - Photography Workshop: Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades with Matt Stock at Mounts Botanical Garden, Clayton Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 9 am-noon. $30/member; $40/nonmember. 233-1757; mounts.org 12/17 - Trunk Show: Alisa Winston Jewelry at Boca Raton Museum of Art, Museum Store, 501 Plaza Real. Noon-4:30 pm. 392-2500 x106; bocamuseum.org 12/17 - Dixieland/Hot Jazz Session at Boca Raton Shrine Club, 601 Clint Moore Rd. Features The Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Band. 1-4 pm. $5/member; $10/nonmember. 954-651-0970; hagsjazz.com 12/17 - Documentary: Concerto: A Beethoven Journey at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2:30 pm. $15. Reserved tickets required: 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/17 - Music in the Museum: Violist David Pedraza and Pianist ShengYuan Kuan at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Improvisations based on artwork in the Museum. 3-4 pm. Free w/museum admission. 392-2500; bocamuseum.org 12/17 - The Mike Levin Jazz Sextet at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. $30-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Monday - 12/18 - An Artist Collects: Dale Chihuly’s Collections with Bruce Helander at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2:30 pm. Free. Reservations required: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/18 - Boca Raton Bowl Pep Rally at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 6 pm. Free. 393-7700; myboca. us Tuesday - 12/19 - Opening Reception: 2nd Annual Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 801 W Palmetto Park Rd. Runs through 12/22. 5-7 pm. 392-2503; bocamuseum.org 12/19 - FAU Astronomical Observatory public viewing day at Florida Atlantic University Science & Engineering Building 4th floor, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. 1st F & 3rd T 7 pm. Free. 297-STAR; physics.fau. edu/observatory 12/19 - Boca Raton Bowl at Florida Atlantic University Stadium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Postseason college football. 7 pm. $32-$57; $20/parking (opens at 3 pm); $50/RV. espnevents.com 12/19-23 - Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. T-Sat 7:30 pm; Sat 1:30 pm. Tickets $35. 832-7469; kravis.org Wednesday - 12/20 - Last Day of Hanukkah 12/20-21 - A Closer Look: David Teniers the Younger’s Interior of a Nobleman’s Gallery, c. 1635 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. Talks begin in a gallery, focus on an individual artwork, then move to the Museum Theater to explore the work’s cultural contest. W 1 pm; Th 6 pm. Free. 832-5196; norton.org
Thursday - 12/21 - National League of American Pen Women Scholarship Luncheon at Delray Beach Golf Club, 2200 Highland Ave. Speaker Fiber Artist/ Photographer Cindy Bartosek. Noon. $30$35. 391-3610; bocapenwomen.org 12/21 - Onyx Art Stroll at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 3rd Th 7-11 pm. Free. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/21 - Stand Up Comedian Robin Fox at Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $23-$36. 588-2520; levisjcc.org 12/21 - AfterMidnight & Jeano at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $10. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Friday - 12/22 - Senses of Cinema Presents Classic American Cinema Class at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Ages 18+. 10 am-12:45 pm. $8/resident, $10/non-resident. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/22 - Opening Reception at Artists’ Guild Gallery, 2910 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Wine/dessert. 6-8 pm. Free. 2787877; bocaguild.com 12/22 - Free Friday Concert: The Clique (Pop/Rock) part of Free Friday Concerts at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets; rental chairs available. No pets or outside food/ beverage. Weather permitting. Gates open 6:30 pm; concert starts 7:30 pm. Free admission/donations appreciated. 2439722; oldschoolsquare.org 12/22 - Nicole Henry: Set for the Season at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $30-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org
Sunday - 12/24 - Community Kickball Game at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. All ages. 4th Sun 5 pm. Free. 243-7000 x5203; mydelraybeach.com Monday - 12/25 - Christmas Day 12/25 - Aaron Kula and the Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra: A Very Jewish Concert and Variety Show at Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton. 3 pm. $30-$40. 588-2520; levisjcc.org Tuesday - 12/26 - News of the World by Paula Jiles part of Book Club discussion by Friends of Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 10:30 am-noon. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library Wednesday - 12/27-30 - Country Royalty: Hank Williams & Patsy Cline Tribute starring Jason Petty & Katie Deal at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St, Delray Beach. W-Sat 7:30 pm; Sat 2 pm. $35. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/27-31 - Forbidden Broadway at Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. W-Sat 7:30 pm; Sat 1:30 pm; Sun 7 & 10 pm (New Year’s Eve). Tickets $35. 832-7469; kravis.org Thursday - 12/28 - Becky in Boca Hosts An Evening with Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Siggy Flicker & Dolores Catania at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Theater, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 6 pm. $35-$45. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter.com 12/28 - Canvas & Cocktails at Old School Square Studio 6, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Create art; enjoy wine, craft beer, signature cocktail. 7-9 pm. $35/includes materials & one drink ticket. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/28 - Circuit at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $10/advance; $12/ day of. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Friday - 12/29 - Free Friday Concert: Big City Dogs (Classic Rock & Blues) part of Free Friday Concerts at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets; rental chairs available. No pets or outside food/beverage. Weather permitting. Gates open 6:30 pm; concert starts 7:30 pm. Free admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare. org 12/29 - Ella and Her Fellas with the Dick Lowenthal Orchestra featuring Lisanne Lyons at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $35-$50. 450-
6357; artsgarage.org 12/29-30 - The Great American Songbook: Avery Sommers-For Sentimental Reasons at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Theater, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. F-Sat 7:30 pm. $32-$45. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter.com Saturday - 12/30 - 6th Annual Black & White Affair Pre-New Year’s Eve Party and Exhibition at The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach. 7-11 pm. $10. 786-521-1199; theboxgallery.info 12/30 - Gianni Organ Trio at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $30$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org
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Sunday - 12/31 - New Year’s Eve 12/31 - Ring Out the Old, Sing in the New! at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Party with Playhouse favorites. Light hors d’oeuvres, one complimentary glass of champagne, admission to show. Optional dinner at Paradiso Ristorante. 5:30-6 pm dinner reservation; 7:30 reception; 8 pm show. $115/dinner & show; $40 show only. 586+6410; lakeworthplayhouse.or 12/31 - New Year’s Eve! Sentimental Journey: Remember the Songs of the Greatest Generation at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. 2 pm/1 pm champagne reception $50; 8 pm/7 pm champagne reception $80. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/31 - New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Dinner buffet, dessert table with ice cream bar, champagne toast at midnight. 7:30-10 pm dinner. $99/person + tax & service charge. Pre-paid reservations required: 912-0000; paviliongrille.com 12/31 - Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert: The Strauss Symphony of America at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8 pm. Tickets $29. 832-7469; kravis. org 12/31-1/1 - Barney & Me with Hal Linden at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Sun 5 & 10 pm; M 3 pm. $95-$175. 9952333; thewick.org 12/31 - New Year’s Eve: Dinner & a Show at Ellie’s 50’s Diner, 2410 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach. Vinnie & the Do Wop, dinner, dancing, midnight champagne, more. 8 pm-1 am. $90. Reservations: 2761570; elliescatering.com 12/31 - New Year’s Eve: Victor Wainwright and The Train at Boston’s on the Beach, 40 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Party all night, two different buffets. 9 pm-1:30 am. Tickets start at $80. 278-3364; bostonsonthebeach.com Monday - 1/1 - New Year’s Day Wednesday - 1/3 - Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Adults choose instrument to study: 13-string koto or shakuhachi. For beginners. Every W through 1/31 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $150/member; $155/nonmember. 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 1/3-4 - Capitol Steps at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave,
Community Calendar AT23 Delray Beach. 8 pm. $65-$75. 243-7922 x1; oldschoolsquare.org Thursday - 1/4 – Shakespeare and Machiavelli’s Worlds with PBAU Professors Susan Jones, Ph.D. and Beate Rodewald, Ph.D. at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Every Th through 3/22. 10-11:30 am. $150/8 classes. Reservations: 805-8562; fourarts.org 1/4 - James Monroe and the Establishment of America’s Place in the World with Elton Klibanoff at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2:30 pm. $25. Reservations required: 8058562; fourarts.org 1/4 - Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach: The Escher String Quartet with Matthew Lipman, Viola, and James Austin Smith, Oboe at The Breakers, 1 S County Rd. 6 pm. $195. 379-6773; cmspb. org 1/4 - Lecture: Justin Guariglia: Earth Work at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. 6:30 pm. Free with museum admission. 832-5196; norton.org 1/4 - Film Screening: The Heir (L’Heritier)-NR at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 6:30-8 pm. $35. 3922500 x106; bocamuseum.org 1/4 -14 - Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike by Christopher Durang at Levis JCC Sandler center, 21050 95th ave S, Boca Raton. Presented by The West Boca Theatre Company. Th/Sat 7:30 pm; Th/Sun 2 pm. $40/VIP reserved; $40/general admission; $25/A&L Gold member; free/A&L Platinum member. 558-2512; levisjcc.org Friday - 1/5 - Exhibition:The Culture Crew Thirty Lake Worth at Flamingo Clay Glass Metal Stone Studio & Gallery, 15 S J St, Lake Worth. Runs through 1/15. Sun-Th 10 am-6 pm; F/Sat 10 am-10 pm. 588-8344; flamingoclaystudio.org 1/5 - Sumi-e Ink Painting Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Held again 1/12, 19 & 26. Floral 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Landscape 1:30-3:30 pm. $55-$60 + materials fee. Advance registration required: 495-0233; morikami.org 1/5 - Box Lunch It with The Symphonia: Up Close & Personal at Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton. Sit in on part of a rehearsal; share a box lunch with conductor, soloists, musicians. 11:30 am. $35. Reservations required: 866-687-3848; thesymphonia.org 1/5 - Historical Walking Tour meets at Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. 1-hour guided tour showcases the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings/landmarks; includes an historical urban design overview through recent area development. 4-5:30 pm. $10/recommended donation. Advance registration required: 832-4164 x100; hspbc.org 1/5 - Art Walk: Vicki Siegel at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Current exhibits, then make your way to other participating galleries on Atlantic Avenue, in Pineapple Grove, Artists Alley. 6-9 pm.
Free. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 1/5 - Free Friday Concert: Tony Succar & The Mixtura Band (Latin) part of Free Friday Concerts at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets; rental chairs available. No pets or outside food/beverage. Weather permitting. Gates open 6:30 pm; concert starts 7:30 pm. Free admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare. org 1/5 - A Tribute to La Pasion de la Lupe with Jessi Canto at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $30-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 1/5 - Movies in the Park at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Food, snacks, beverages available for purchase. 1st F through 6/2018. 8 pm. Free. 600-9097; catchboynton.com 1/5-6 - For Sentimental Reasons starring Avery Sommers at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St, Delray Beach. Part of Cabaret series. 8 pm. $25$35. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 1/5-7 - Shakespeare In The Park: Hamlet at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Produced by Shakespeare Miami. F/Sat 7 pm doors open, 8 pm show; Sun 5 pm doors open, 6 pm show. Free. 393-7700; myboca.us Saturday - 1/6 - Fushu Daiko (G) at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. 11 am & 2 pm. $8/adult; $6/child 12 & under. 347-3948; willowtheatre.org 1/6 - Nihongo: Japanese Language Intensive Workshop I at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 2-day course: effective conversational Japanese, reading/writing skills. Held again 1/20. 1-5 pm. $90. Advance registration required: 495-0233; morikami.org 1/6 - Black Movie Experience (BMX): Selma at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NE 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Culturally curated films. 1st Sat 1-4 pm. Free/member; $10/non-member. Limited seating; RSVP required: 279-8883; spadymuseum.com 1/6 - Exhibition Closing Reception & Artist Talk: 2nd Biennial Artists of the Art Salons at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. 4-6 pm. Free. 8321776; armoryart.org 1/6 - Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $35-$50. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 1/6 - First Nighters at Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. Hobnob with performers; have your photo taken with the stars. Follows performance of Celebration On Ice. 9:30 pm. $20. 237-7750; lynn.tix.com 1/6-7 - Illusionist Jason Bishop at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Sat/Sun 2 pm; Sat 6 pm. $35-$45. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 1/6-7 - Celebration On Ice at Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. Part of Live at Lynn Theatre Series. Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 4 pm. $50-$70. 237-9000; lynn.tix.com
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On the Water
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Midwives and doulas make home deliveries possible
home birth is a rare occasion in the United States — only 1.36 percent of births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But for those who choose to employ midwives and doulas, they are as close as a Google search. Or word of mouth. “It’s not a service I’m out there selling to people,” says Michelle Cerami, 33, a Delray Beach midwife who has been in private practice for three years. Her clients seek her out, and they come from all walks of life. “It surprised me that women come to me from penthouses on the water and little apartments, single moms and married women with big families, which is cool,” she said. A midwife is a health care professional, and a doula acts as a counselor and support system for mothers during pregnancy, labor and breastfeeding. “It’s a lot of hard work and it’s extremely satisfying,” says Cerami, who has attended more than 250 births, 116 as primary midwife. “But for me, it’s more about the moms and the families I serve, giving them that experience, giving these babies a gentle transition into this world.” Cerami trained at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville. She is licensed as a medical practitioner by the state of Florida and has earned national certification. “I didn’t think of midwifery as a career option until I had my son,” she says. “My aunt is a nurse midwife, and she gave me the idea. I had my son with midwives.” Originally from New York’s Long Island, Cerami has been in Florida for eight years with her children, Noah, 11, and Natalie, 5. Her clients come from all over Palm Beach County. The right candidate for a home birth is someone who has no serious health problems. If the mother develops gestational diabetes or has high blood pressure or is anemic, has low blood iron levels, if the baby has genetic abnormalities or if labor starts before 37 weeks, home birth is not a good option. “A premature baby definitely needs the support of the hospital and all the equipment,” says Cerami.
A woman’s choice
Otherwise, midwifery is a matter of preference. “Some people just don’t want to go to a hospital,” Cerami says. “At home, you’re relaxed, your family can be there and you can surrender to the birth. Some women just want to feel what it is to be in
LEFT: Delray Beach resident Michelle Cerami, a licensed midwife, gave birth to her daughter, Natalie, 5, at home. RIGHT: Zeresh Altork of Boynton Beach studied to be a doula after the in-home birth of her son, Eiden, 9. She and her husband, JP Piqué, also have a daughter, Leila, 5, and dog, Dolsa. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star labor.” Cerami’s son slept through his sister’s birth, but “when he woke up, he got to meet her right away. Home birth demystifies the process. I can just speak for myself, but I think it’s a gift I’ve given to my kids.” Cerami’s fee is $5,000. Her clients pay her either out-ofpocket or through Medicaid and a few participating insurance companies. As a licensed midwife, she is eligible to work with insurance companies. By comparison, the average cost of a hospital birth is $8,800, more for premature birth, caesarean section or other complications, according to a study done for the March of Dimes. About half of Cerami’s clients choose underwater births, either in a bathtub or a purpose-made inflatable tub. “It’s comforting and relaxing and it takes all the weight,” says Cerami. “And the babies are much calmer. Sometimes they don’t even cry. My son was a water birth. He just made a little noise and started breathing.” Cerami meets with the mother once a month until 28 weeks, then every two weeks, then weekly until the birth, where she is accompanied by a trained birth assistant. Both the midwife and the assistant are certified to provide CPR and neonatal resuscitation.
“It’s pretty rare that complications happen at home, but there are things that are unpredictable,” says Cerami. “I once had a baby transferred to a hospital because his breathing rate was too high,” she says. “And we had a mom in early labor whose blood pressure was really high, so we had her transported by ambulance.” Among developed countries, the United States is alone in having so few home births. In Europe, more than 75 percent of births are attended by midwives, according to the World Health Organization. A study of 79,000 home births in 2012 and 2013 in Oregon and Vermont, the states where the most home births occur, showed a higher mortality rate for home births: In planned out-of-hospital births, 3.9 out of 1,000 cases resulted in a baby’s death during the birth process or within four weeks afterward, compared with 1.8 deaths out of 1,000 in planned hospital births.
Some home births may have both a midwife and a doula. Zeresh Altork, a doula, acts as a counselor to mothers and families during and after pregnancy. “The midwives give the medical support and doulas are there for emotional, physical and informational support,”
says Altork. “Our sole responsibility is the emotional well-being of the woman.” Altork, 42, lives in Boynton Beach with her husband, JP Piqué, son, Eiden, 9, and daughter, Leila, 5. She has been in practice for nine years and has supported about 275 births. She provides doula services to women who give birth at home and in hospitals. “Doulas take care of the mother so she can take care of the baby,” says Altork. “A doula is a kind of mother figure.” Altork was a school counselor and family therapist for 10 years. “When I became pregnant with my son, I started investigating my options for the best possible birth,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be routine, it is not to be feared, it can be a very empowering moment.” She was so enthusiastic on the subject after Eiden was born at home with the help of a midwife that a friend suggested she train to be a doula. “I just wouldn’t shut up about it, she told me. So a month or two later, I was training. I loved it. I found my passion.” Her biggest influence was Barbara Harper, a nurse, midwife and internationally known advocate of warmwater home births. Altork met Harper seven years ago at a home-birth workshop in Spain, where
Altork was living. Fluent in Spanish, Altork acted as Harper’s translator. “She told us that women have everything they need to give birth. They just need information,” Altork says. Some couples hire Altork even before the woman becomes pregnant, but it’s more common for her to start her work during the second trimester of a pregnancy. Altork charges a basic rate of $1,050, but her fee can be higher if the mother needs more attention before or after the birth. “I get to know the mom and the dad and see how they work together,” says Altork. “I need to understand their needs and help them make their birth plan.” For more information on midwifery and home birth, contact Michelle Cerami at michelle@eastcoastmidwifery. com. Her website is www. eastcoastmidwifery.com. For more information on doula services, contact zeresh@ alovingbirth.com. Lona O’Connor has a lifelong interest in health and healthy living. Send column ideas to Lona13@ bellsouth.net.
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Delray Medical rated tops in neuroscience, cranial neurosurgery, stroke care
Delray Medical Center has been recognized as a five-star recipient for a wide range of treatments and surgeries. It received neuroscience, cranial neurosurgery and stroke care excellence awards and was named among the top 5 percent in the nation for neurosciences, cranial neurosurgery and the treatment of stroke. These achievements are part of findings released by Healthgrades, an independent health care ratings company, and are featured in its 2018 “Report to the Nation.” For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to
assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, using all-payer data provided by 17 states. Officials at Delray Medical Center announced that Teresa C. Urquhart is their new chief operating officer. They also announced that they offer a new procedure, the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve for mitral valve replacement inside a failed surgical valve. This is the only valve approved for valve-invalve procedures due to failure of a surgical mitral valve. Also, Delray Medical is the first hospital in South Florida to implant a new device used to seal off the left atrial appendage — a small appendage connected
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to the left atrium The device, called Amplatzer Amulet Occluder, works by blocking the left atrial appendage at its opening, which minimizes the opportunity for blood clots to form and move into the bloodstream. In October, Baptist Health South Florida acquired a majority interest in South Palm Ambulatory Surgery Center, which has changed its name to Baptist Health Surgery Center. This center, at 1905 Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton, is Baptist Health’s second outpatient surgery center in Palm Beach County. In honor of Veterans Day, Boca Raton Regional Hospital recognized its physicians, employees, volunteers and board members who are veterans of the U.S. armed services. Included in the program were Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Melvin Pollack, director of Vets Helping Heroes. The Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services, Boca Raton Police Department, the Spanish River High School Super Splash Show Choir and other community and veterans group leaders attended.
Doyle Specialists are currently accepting Jewelry and Watches for upcoming auctions in New York and Beverly Hills. We invite you to schedule a private appointment Collin Albertsson, Florida Representative DoyleFL@Doyle.com, 561-322-6795 David Webb, Gold Necklace. Est: $15,000-20,000 Van Cleef & Arpels, Coral and Diamond Hoop Earrings. Est: $10,000-15,000 David Webb, Gold Cuff Bangle Bracelet. Est: $6,000-8,000 David Webb, Gold, Enamel, Mabé Pearl and Diamond Cuff Bangle Bracelet. Est: $8,000-12,000 David Webb, Gold, Enamel, Diamond and Emerald Tiger Bangle Bracelet. Est: $8,000-12,000 Offered December 13 in Important Jewelry, New York
Karanau Ferro-Lloret Call 4 Health has hired three new team members: Alex Karanau is its new chief information officer; Lissette Ferro-Lloret is now the director of operations, and Victoria Rodriguez is the new marketing specialist. Call 4 Health is a medical call center and nurse triage service headquartered in Delray Beach. David C. Brodner, M.D., was appointed associate medical director for sleep medicine with eviCore Health-care. Brodner is boardcertified in otolaryngology (ear, nose Brodner and throat), head and neck surgery and sleep medicine. His office is at 8794 Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach. Send health news to Christine Davis at email@example.com.
Health Calendar Note: Events are current as of 11/24. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/2 - Boot Camp for New Dads Class at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 800 Meadows Rd. 9 am-noon. $25. Registration: 955-4468; brrh.com 12/2 - Sibling Class at Bethesda Heart Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Decorate a onesie for new little brother or sister, celebrate with a birthday cupcake. Age 2-6; must be accompanied by parent. 10-11:30 am. $20/parent & child; additional siblings $10/each. Registration: 369-2229; firstname.lastname@example.org 12/2 - Generations: A Grandparents Guide to Today’s Parenting at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. 10-11:30 am. $20/couple. Registration: 369-2229; publicrelations@ BHInc.org 12/2 - Saturdays @ Sanborn: Tai Chi Class presented by Kung Fu & Tai Chi Boca Raton at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy. 8 am class. Free. 393-7703; downtownboca.org 12/2 - Yoga on the Square with Robyn at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave. 9-10 am. Free. oldschoolsquare.org 12/2 - Saturdays @ Sanborn: Yoga Class at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. 8:45 am registration; 9 am class. Free. 393-7703; downtownboca. org 12/2 - Kemetic Yoga at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NE 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Ancient postures/teachings. Bring yoga mat, water. Every Sat 9-10:30 am. $10/person. 279-8883; spadymuseum.com 12/2 - Qi Gong at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Ancient Chinese system of exercise, meditation. Adults. Every Sat 9 am. Free introductory class. $40/month. Reservations: 419-5403; facebook.com/WestBocaTaiChi 12/2 - Yoga Class at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. M-Sat. 9:30-11 am. 5 classes $75/resident, $94/ non-resident; 10 classes $130/resident, $162.50/non-resident; 20 classes $240/ resident, $300/non-resident. 477-8727; myboca.us 12/2 - Yoga Class at South Palm Beach Town Hall, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. Every Sat 9:30 am. $5/class. 588-8889; southpalmbeach.com 12/2 - Tai Chi/Chi Kung/Meditation Class at Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave. Every Sat. Intermediate 9:30-10:30 am; beginner 10:45-11:45 am. Per class $15/resident; $17/non-resident. 243-7250; mydelraybeach.com 12/2 - Judo Class at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Warm-up exercises, instruction, practice, tournament training. W 6:30-8 pm mixed ages & ranks, 8-9 pm advanced; Sat 10 am-noon all groups. Per month $21.50/resident; $27/ non-resident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/2 - Yoga at the Beach at Red Reef Park West (Intracoastal side), 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Register/get parking pass at Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Classes held on grass overlooking the Intracoastal. No cash accepted on-site. W 6:30 pm plus 1st & 3rd Sat 10 am. $10/ class; 60-day membership (unlimited classes)$65/resident, $81.25/non-resident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/2 - Capoeira Fitness at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Age 12 & up. Every Sat 10:30 am. Free. 3937703; downtownboca.org 12/2 - Zumba Class at South Beach Park Pavilion, 400 N State Rd A1A, Boca Raton. Every Sat 10:30 am. Free. 393-7703; downtownboca.org 12/2 - Chair Yoga at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. Every Sat 1 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/2 - Safe Baby: Prepare, Prevent & Respond Prenatal Class at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Learn safe practices and what to do in an emergency. 2-3:30 pm. $20/couple. Registration: 369-2229; publicrelations@BHInc.org 12/2 - CA (Cocaine Anonymous) at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. Every Sat
The COASTAL STAR 6 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach. org 12/2-3 - The Fitteam Palm Beaches Health & Fitness Expo and Marathon at Meyer Ampitheatre,105 Evernia St, West Palm Beach. Expo F noon-6 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm; 5K F 6:30 pm $35; Marathon/ relay/half marathon Sun 6 am $55-$100. thefitteampalmbeachesmarathon.com
Sunday - 12/3 - Yoga in the Garden at Mounts Botanical Garden, 563 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. Held again 12/17. 8 am. $10/member; $15/non-member. 233-1757; mounts.org 12/3 - Childbirth Express: A Day Full of Fun & Learning at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. 10 am-4 pm. $50/couple. Registration: 369-2229; publicrelations@BHInc.org Monday - 12/4 - Fitness on the Beach at Delray Beach at Lifeguard stand North I across from the Marriott, 10 N Ocean Blvd. Bring a towel, plenty of water. Age 18+. M/W/F 7:30-8:30 am. $10/class. 502-5230284; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Circuit Training: Workout for Mom at Sugar Sand Park Field House, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Workout targets multiple muscle groups to build lean muscles. Modifications accommodate beginner to advanced fitness levels. M/T/Th 9:30-10:20 am. 4 classes $40-$50; 8 classes $70-$88; 12 classes $100-$125, 15 classes $125-$156. 306-6985; fitmomboca@aol. com 12/4 - Adult Jazzercise Lo at Boynton Beach Civic Center, 128 E Ocean Ave. Workout targets upper body, abs, legs. M/T/F 9-10 am. 12 months $39/month; 6 months $49/month; $25 membership fee. 4001268; email@example.com 12/4 - Chi Kung & Meditation at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. All ages. Every M 9-10 am. Per class $15/ resident; $16/non-resident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Yoga Class at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every M 9:30 am. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/4 - Get Fit Mom’s Boot Camp at Sugar Sand Park Field House, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Workout incorporates cardio exercises, strength training, running drills, body weight resistance training, agility drills, core strengthening. M/T/Th 9:3010:20 am. 4 classes $40-$50; 8 classes $70$88; 12 classes $100-$125, 15 classes $125$156. 306-6985; firstname.lastname@example.org 12/4 - Life Issues: A Support Group for Adults at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Every W 6-7:30 pm or M 10-11:30 am. $5/session. 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/4 - Yoga Class for Seniors at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every M 10 am. Free. 3951244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/4 - Tai Chi for Beginners at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Every M 10-11 am. Per class $15/resident; $20/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Stretch at Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W Atlantic Ave. M/W 10-11 am. $5/member; $10/non-member. Registration: 243-7360; delraytennis.com 12/4 - Exercise Class at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every M 5:30 pm. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/4 - Boca Raton Multiple Myeloma Support Group at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Meet with fellow patients, family members, friends. Learn new aspects of treatment/ management. 1st M 6:30-8 pm. Free. 9015938; 637-4682; myeloma.org 12/4 - Men’s Issues Support Group at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Every M 6:30-8 pm. $5/ session. 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/4 - Yoga Class at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. M-Sat. 9:30-11 am. 5 classes $75/resident, $94/ non-resident; 10 classes $130/resident, $162.50/non-resident; 20 classes $240/ resident, $300/non-resident. 477-8727; myboca.us Tuesday - 12/5 - Women’s Issues Support Group at Faulk Center for Counseling,
22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Every T 10-11:30 am. $5/session. 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/5 - Yoga with Cara at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Slow, intuitive vinyasa flow class. Every T 10-11 am. $15/ class; $60/5 classes. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org 12/5 - Community Acupuncture Session at Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, 690 Meadows Rd. Held again 12/19 & 12/13 (11 am-3:30 pm). 10 am-3 pm (sessions approximately 30 minutes). $25/session, $60/3 session package. 9554949; brrh.com/WIEvents 12/5 – Breastfeeding Support Group at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 800 Meadows Rd. Every T noon-1:30 pm. Free. 955-5415; brrh.com 12/5 - Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Assistance with finding/ registering for health insurance. Held again 12/12. Open enrollment ends 12/15. 5-8 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/5 - Community Consciousness with Marisol Yoga at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. T/Th 5:15-6:15 pm. $5/resident; $6/non-resident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/5 - Al-Anon 12-Step Study at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. Every T 7 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach. org 12/5 - Food Addicts Anonymous at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. Every T 7 pm. Free. 742-2121; foodaddictsanonymous.org Wednesday - 12/6 - Yoga at Veterans Park, 802 NE First St, Delray Beach. Age 18 & up. Every W 9-10:30 am. Per class $10/resident; $15/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/6 - Moving Forward for Widows & Widowers: Support and Discussion Group at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Every W 1-2:30 pm. $5/session. 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/6 - Shoulder Pain: Rotator Cuff Tears and Arthritis at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Presented by Michael A. Cohn, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon; part of Ask the Physician Lecture Series. 4:30 pm. Free. 731-2273; email@example.com 12/6 - AA Big Book Study at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. Every W 5:30 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/6 - Divorced and Separated Support Group at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Every W 6-7:30 pm. $5/session. 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/6 - Family and Friends at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 800 Meadows Rd. Basics of infant, child and adult CPR, relief of choking, child and infant one-person CPR. Held again 12/13, 20 & 1/3. 6-8 pm. $25. Registration: 955-4468; brrh.com 12/6 - Tai Chi Class at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Moving meditation for focus, concentration, release of stress, attention skills. Every W Beginners 6:10-7:10 pm; Intermediate 7:10-8:10 pm. 8 classes $48/resident, $60/ non-resident; 12 classes $66/resident, $82/ non-resident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/6 - Belly Dance Class at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. All ages/abilities welcome. W through 12/27. 6:30-7:30 pm. $45/resident; $56/non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/6 - Food Addicts Anonymous at The Crossroads Club Room E, 1700 Lake Ida Rd, Delray Beach. Every W 7 pm. Free. 6800724; foodaddictsanonymous.org 12/6-7 - Soulcore at St Mark Catholic Church, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Bring floor mat/optional hand weights. Every W 4:30-5:30 pm & Thu 8:30-9:30 am. Free/donations accepted. R734-9330; stmarkboynton.com Thursday - 12/7 - Bereavement Support Group at St Mark Catholic Church, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Every Th 2:30-3:30 pm. Free. Register: 735-3530; stmarkboynton.com 12/7 – Self-Awareness & Happiness: Know Yourself. Choose Yourself. Love Yourself with Barb Schmidt at Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, 690
Health Calendar H7 Meadows Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Series. 6-7:30 pm. $15/ advance; $20/at the door. 955-7227; brrh. com/WIEvents 12/7 - Yoga Class at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every Th 6:30 pm. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/7-8 - Zumba Gold at Veterans Park, 802 NE First St, Delray Beach. Age 18 & up. Th/F 9:30-10:30 am. Per class $5/resident; $6/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach. com Friday - 12/8 - LGBTQ Support Group at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Joint program with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. Age 18+. Every F noon-1:15 pm. Registration: 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/8 – Breastfeeding Support Group at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 800 Meadows Rd. Every F 1-3:30 pm. Free. 9555415; brrh.com 12/8 - Open AA Meeting at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. Every F 7 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org Saturday – 12/9 - Boot Camp for New Dads at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2815 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. Join veteran dads (with their babies), who tell how they made it through the first months of parenthood. 9 am-noon. $20/at the door includes class, refreshments, book. 3692229; bootcampfornewdads.org
Monday - 12/11 - Surgical Weight Loss: The Next Step to a Healthier You at Bethesda Heart Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. 2nd M 5:30 pm. Free. 853-1600; firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday - 12/12 - Big & Loud: Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Program at Bethesda Heart Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. 10:30-11:30 am. Free. 292-4950; RLatino@BHInc.org 12/12 - Robotic Total Knee Replacement at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Presented by Elvis Grandic, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon; part of Ask the Physician Lecture Series. 4:30 pm. Free. 731-2273; publicrelations@ bhinc.org 12/16 – Creating Healthy Habits for the Holidays with Michelle Maros and Melanie Haraldson at Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, 690 Meadows Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Series. 10 am-12:30 pm. $20/ advance; $25/at the door. 955-7227; brrh. com/WIEvents
1/1 - Something BIG at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Community yoga gathering; complimentary beverages, healthy food, more. 1 am-2:30 pm. Free. 479-7819; somethingbig2018.com
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LEFT: Eric Brandon of Nautical Ventures folds down the transom bench seat on the Blackfin 272 center console he displayed at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November. The bench is a comfortable place to sit that would be an obstruction to anglers if it didn’t fold flat against the transom. RIGHT: For passengers who enjoy lounging when they cruise, the optional 170-quart “coffin box” cooler with pad and removable backrest dress up the Crevalle 26 Open bay boat. Photos by Willie Howard/The Coastal Star
Boat builders aim to balance fishing capability, family comfort
owerboat designers are adding creature comforts to center console boats, hoping they will appeal to buyers who want oceangoing fishing machines that double as platforms for family outings. Several of those fishing/ family boats were on display during the 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in early November — as were replicas of vintage boats and luxury boats powered by multiple outboards.
The Blackfin 272 center console — a fast, oceangoing fishing machine that comes with fishy features such as outriggers mounted to a hard T-top, a 30-gallon live bait well, belowdeck fish boxes, tackle drawers, a bait-rigging station and undergunwale rod holders. Creature comforts that don’t detract from the boat’s fishability include a foldaway transom bench seat, removable, forward-facing backrests for the bow seats, a removable table for lunch breaks and a soft shade top for the bow, which can be easily removed for storage. The boat show price: $179,000. The Crevalle 26 Open, a bay-style fishing boat that can be purchased with a full upper station, meaning you can run the boat from a perch on top of the T-top, where the visibility is much better than it is from the deck. That’s great for finding fish. But the Crevalle’s optional 170-quart “coffin box” style cooler with removable backrest and stylish pad also make the bay boat appealing for family cruising. A freshwater shower, optional extended swim platform, an in-console portable toilet and optional pylon for
Metan Marine’s mahogany-trimmed, 13-foot Tender Series boats at the Fort Lauderdale show are based on the classic Boston Whalers. The Fort Lauderdale show continues to grow in size and scope. Photo provided by Forest Johnson, Show Management
platform for easy access to the water and a galley with a stove. Slide-in racks convert the 52-gallon live bait well into a scuba tank compartment. Options include a satellite television system, stand-up paddleboard racks and a Seakeeper stabilizer. The boat show price: $1,058,300. For nostalgic boaters who long for classic crafts that were popular in the 1960s and ’70s, Massachusetts-based Metan Marine offered replicas of early Boston Whalers at the boat show. Billed as a classic tender for a larger boat, the 13-foot Metan on display at the show featured mahogany seats and PlasDeck teak decking. The Mercury outboard engine was modern, but it could be disguised with a vintage cowling for that out-ofdate look. Company President Mike Borrelli said he started out restoring old boats, a venture that became so popular he started building them from scratch. Metan plans to build replicas of two Bertram classics, 26 and 32 feet, early next year. Boat show price for the 13-foot Metan, 40 horsepower Mercury outboard and trailer: $25,000.
Irma caused $500 million in boat damage towing water skiers make the Crevalle suitable for a variety of water activities. Boat show price: $103,900. The Cobia 301 center console features an inwardopening side door (with removable boarding ladder) for easy entry and exit when swimming, snorkeling or diving. The side door also can be opened for dockside boarding
and for hauling big fish aboard. Like the Blackfin, the Cobia features a foldaway transom seat and plush forward seating with a removable table for picnics in the bow. The Cobia’s roomy head (toilet) area inside the center console includes a freshwater sink, vanity mirror and towel bar. The boat show price: $179,900. With a base price tag over
$1 million, the Formula 430 All Sport Crossover is not your typical outboard powerboat. Pushed by a team of four 400-horsepower Mercury outboards, the Formula on display at the boat show could reach a top speed of more than 60 mph. Comfort features include a sleeping berth and forward lounge, two refrigerators, a huge stern
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When Hurricane Irma swept across Florida in September, it damaged or destroyed about 50,000 recreational boats, causing an estimated $500 million in damage. Boat damage could have been much worse, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States, also known as BoatUS. “While locations in the right front quadrant of the storm such
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Outdoor Calendar Note: Events are current as of 11/24. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/2 - Boardwalk Tours at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Docent-guided tour of wetlands. All ages. Times vary, call for details. Free. 966-7000; pbcnature.com 12/2 - Delray Beach Surf Festival at Anchor Park, 340 S Ocean Blvd. Entrance includes t-shirt, lunch, compete in as many events as you like. All ages. 8 am. $50/ individual; $100/family. 243-7352; downtowndelraybeach.com 12/2 - US Coast Guard Auxiliary About Boating Safety Class at Spanish River Park Headquarters Building, 3939 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Beginner in-depth boating safety course provides knowledge needed to obtain boat license or safety certification. Bring lunch. 9 am-5 pm. $35/ person; $25/police or firefighter. 391-3600 x2; cgauxboca.org 12/2 - Tram Tours of the Marsh at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach. M/W/Th 1-2:30 pm; M/W/Th/Sat 10-11:30 am. $5/ automobile; $1/pedestrian. Reservations: 733-0192; loxahatcheefriends.com/events/ events.shtml 12/2 - Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Daily 12:30 pm. Free. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org 12/2 - Sea Turtle Talk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Daily 2 pm. Free. 5448605; gumbolimbo.org
Monday - 12/4 - Florida Trail Association Loxahatchee Chapter at Okeeheelee Park Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. Annual cookie exchange. 7 pm refreshments; 7:30 pm program. Free. 324-3543; loxfltrail.org
as Big Pine Key and Marathon were hit hard with a Category 4 storm, Irma lost strength as it approached the mainland,” said Rick Wilson, vice president of claims for BoatUS marine insurance. Recreational boat losses from Hurricane Harvey in Texas were significantly lower, at 13,500 boats with an estimated value of $155 million.
Dec. 2: Basic boating safety class offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the headquarters building at Spanish River Park, 3939 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Fee $35 for adults or $20 ages 12 to 19. Register at the door. Bring lunch. Call 391-3600 or email email@example.com. Dec. 8: The Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Decorated boats will line up at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Avenue Bridge near the Old Key Lime House restaurant in Lantana and proceed south to the C-15 Canal at the border of Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Music begins at 6 p.m. at Boynton Harbor Marina. The parade is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are being collected for children. For viewing locations and a parking map, call the Boynton Beach CRA at 600-9097 or visit www.
Tuesday - 12/5 - Guided Nature Walk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Guided walk along 1/4-mile natural trail winds through the butterfly garden, coastal hammock, mangroves, to a sandy beach by the Intracoastal. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Every T/W 11 am-noon. Free. 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/5 - Annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner & Lecture: Audubon’s Fight for the Everglades Snail Kite and the Everglades by Paul N. Gray, Ph.D. at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 W Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Dinner 6 pm; meeting & lecture 7 pm. Free. auduboneverglades.org Thursday - 12/7 - US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 36 Boca Raton meets at Spanish River Park Headquarters Building, 3939 N Ocean Blvd. 1st Th 7:30 pm. Free. cgaux.org Saturday - 12/9 - Birds & Breakfast at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Coffee, refreshments, 1-hour walking tour w/a naturalist. Age 9+. 9 am. $3. Reservations required: 966-7000; pbcnature.com
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach. ¾-mile guided boardwalk tour. Bring camera, binoculars. Age 7 to adult; children must be accompanied by an adult. 3-5 pm. Free. Reservations: 5448615; gumbolimbo.org Saturday - 12/16 - Naturalist Program: Birding 101 at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. All ages. 10:30 am. $3. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com 12/16 - Seining the Lagoon at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Explore grasses and flats of the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. Dip nets and seine nets allow participants to catch and release a variety of fish, shrimp, crabs, marine life. Wear clothes that can get wet. No flip-flops or sandals. Old sneakers or water shoes only.
Age 10 to adult; children must be accompanied by an adult. 3-4:30 pm. $7/member; $10/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org
Monday - 12/17 - Wakodahatchee Bird Stroll at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13720 Jog Rd, Boynton Beach. Hosted by Florida Trail Association Loxahatchee Chapter. 7 am. Free. 596-4423; loxfltrail.org
Tuesday - 12/26 - Boynton Beach Fishing Club at Harvey E. Oyer, Jr. Park, 2010 N Federal Hwy. Join other fishermen to discuss hot topics, learn new tricks of the trade. 4th T 7-9 pm. Free. 703-5638; boynton-beach.org Thursday - 12/28 - The Night Stalkers
at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Join a Naturalist on a boardwalk tour looking at nature from the point of view of its nocturnal residents. Age 9+. 6 pm. $5/person. RSVP: 966-7000; pbcnature.com Saturday - 12/30 - Sea Angels Beach Cleanup at Ocean Inlet Park, 6990 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge. Last Sat 8-10:30 am. 369-5501; seaangels.org 12/30 - Naturalist Program: Sensational Snakes at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Learn all about snakes and how to identify the most common snakes found in southern Florida. Meet some of the nature center’s slithering residents up close! All ages. 10:30 am. $3. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com
Sunday - 12/10 - Green Cay Bird Stroll at Green Cay Wetlands, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Hosted by Florida Trail Association Loxahatchee Chapter. 7 am. Free. 596-4423; loxfltrail.org Wednesday - 12/13 - Beach Treasures at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Learn about seashells, the animals that make them. Caravan to Red Reef Park, 1400 N State Rd A1A, to search for ocean treasures. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. 3-4:30 pm. Free. Reservations required: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org Thursday - 12/14 - Manatee Lagoon Adult Day Trip departs from Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 8:45 am check-in; 9:15 am-3:15 pm trip. $20/person. 367-7035; myboca.us Friday - 12/15 - Wetlands & Wildlife at
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catchboynton.com. In Delray Beach, call 243-7250. Dec. 22: Early-entry deadline for the 81st annual Silver Sailfish Derby, a sailfish release tournament organized by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Captain’s meeting Jan. 10 followed by fishing Jan. 1112 and an awards dinner Jan. 13. Entry fee $1,000 per boat for club members by Dec. 22 and $1,500 for non-members. Call 832-6780 or go to www. westpalmbeachfishingclub.org.
Tip of the month
Divers who enjoy spearing tasty hogfish should remember that the recreational hogfish season is closed in state waters along the east coast as well as in the Florida Keys and on the west coast south of Cape Sable. The hogfish harvest season will reopen May 1. Recreational harvest of hogfish is still allowed in state and federal waters north of Cape Sable in the Gulf of Mexico. For details, go to www. myfwc.com. Click on saltwater fishing, recreational regulations and hogfish. Willie Howard is a freelance writer and licensed boat captain. Reach him at tiowillie@ bellsouth.net.
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Holiday Gift Guide H11
The art of
Our annual holiday gift guide
ecember is here, and with it comes holiday gift shopping. Yes, it’s easy to head to a mall, hand over your credit card and buy what everyone else is buying. But you’re not that type of shopper. After all, you live in a unique area and you pride yourself on being one of a kind, so why shouldn’t your gifts be that way? In the past, we’ve tempted you with tiny
treasures, either in price or in size. We’ve found inspiration along the shore and from holiday table settings. This year, we’re looking to area artists, who have created special treasures large and small, as well as the bespoke and the one of a kind. Be tempted by the area talent, and indulge your loved ones and yourself. — Scott Simmons
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Tim Brady’s bowls are understated in their elegance. The Briny Breezes man turns out bowls in cherry and other hardwoods that are pretty enough for display and practical enough for use. This burl bowl would lend a touch of distinction to any décor, but Brady brings together real grace in a cherry mortar and pestle — all the better to get into the grind this holiday season. It’s available for $250 at the Gulfstream Pharmacy, 4998 N. Ocean Blvd., Briny Breezes; 276-4800.
A PLEASING PENDANT
When we think of the art of jewelry, we think of Jewelry Artisans, where Pedro Maldonado transforms the amazing into the fantastic. Take this pendant, for example. To create it, he surrounded a slice of opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia, with 18-karat white gold and framed it with sapphires. “It’s like looking at the ocean from outer space,” Maldonado said. The stone has depth, and its colors change as the angle of the lighting shifts. The result is dazzling. Equally compelling: a pair of earrings created with slices of opal, 18-karat gold and yellow diamonds. The pendant is priced at $17,000; earrings are more budget friendly at $4,800. Jewelry Artisans, Plaza del Mar, 247 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. 586-8687 or www.jewelryartisanspalmbeach. com.
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Make no mistake: Robert Schmidt makes dazzling stained-glass windows, with intricate cuts and sparkling colors. His fused glass also transforms the light in an array of hues. Don’t have space for a window? Or, maybe you’re renting. So why not buy a few of these lanterns to have the sparkle of hand-wrought glass in your home? Or, better yet, make your own — Schmidt is an instructor at Old School Square (where you can find his work in the Cornell Museum gift shop) and he offers classes in his Boynton Beach studio. The fused-glass ornaments a group of students had created were impressive in their design and would make great hostess gifts. The lanterns are priced at $250; windows and other pieces are priced in the thousands. Schmidt Stained Glass, 413 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 400-8841 or www. schmidtstainedglass.com.
A GIFT THAT’S IN THE BAG
Just face it — these purses are cool. Artist Adriana Bottary hails from Argentina, but creates her one-of-a-kind leather purses and accessories in a Fort Lauderdale studio. Marusca Gatto, who is director of operations at the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, has transformed the museum store into a light-filled boutique that’s filled with jewelry, artwork and decorative accessories. And she says Bottary hand-tools the buttery leather and paints the designs on these bags. One thing is for sure — they are one of a kind. Dare we say it? With these bags, the eyes have it. Priced at around $200 at the Cornell Art Museum’s store, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 243-7922 or www. oldschool.org.
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HANG A FEW OF THESE You could travel to Laos, Rwanda, Mexico and Peru to gather an assortment of ornaments. Or you could drive a few miles to the St. Frank’s pop-up store at Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, where you can buy Fair Trade textiles — pillows, blankets, tapestries — and these ornaments. The company name comes from its hometown, San Francisco, named for St. Francis of Assisi, the son of a
textile merchant who dedicated his life to the poor. A gift box of four ornaments is priced at $55 at St. Frank’s,
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BOARD, BUT NOT BORING For decades, Ron Heavyside has been shaping surfboards that tame the waves around the world. All you have to do is take a stroll through Nomad Surf Shop to see the work of a master. These boards are as much artwork as they are sporting goods. In the case of the line of boards featuring the photography of Tony Arruza, they literally are objects of beauty that meld Arruza’s images of the sea with the boards that ride the surf. Those boards start at $800-$900 for a single fin with modern touches.
Want something more understated? Heavyside also shapes basic shore boards that cost $550 and up. Nomad Surf Shop is at 4655 N. Ocean Blvd., at Briny Breezes Boulevard; 272-2882 www.nomadsurf1968.com.
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These hand-blown drinking glasses are one of a kind and are available in a variety of colors — the blues and the greens are deeply saturated, and the bright yellow-green is otherworldly in its glow. It would be fun to mix and match a set of these tumblers that are kissed with the look of the sea. Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts, where we spotted these glasses, is selling them for $35 apiece or $100 for a set of four. Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is off the beaten path, as it were, at 1105 Second Ave., S., Lake Worth; 508-7315 or www. benzaitencenter.org.
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TIE ONE ON
These bowties, made by Grazie Prokopetz, graphic artist at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, are sure to lend a sartorial touch with a wink to any ensemble — notice the coffee and doughnut motifs of the ties we shared. Wear one to dress down a tux or dress up a dress shirt and jeans. Priced at $40 apiece in the Cultural Council’s Uniquely Palm Beach store, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 471-2901 or www.palmbeachculture.com.
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These B-May bags would look good regardless of the season. Mom could tote anything from baby bottles to wine bottles in the leather shopping bag that’s embossed with a crocodile motif. The larger pouch is perfect as a clutch and the small pouch is designed to keep cell phones safe. A bonus: Because they’re unique to Deborah James, it’s unlikely that special someone will run into someone carrying an identical bag. They’re also available in black. Priced at $126-$596 at Deborah James, 402 Via De Palmas, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton; 367-9600 or www.deborahjames. com.
THE PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT
Many of us get invited to treetrimming parties. We also like to host them. Or, we have guests visiting for the holidays. Here’s a way for them to remember those occasions, with ceramic tile ornaments featuring the artwork of Lois Brezinski. Her colorful paintings capture the subtropical delights of Delray Beach, and she has used them on everything from these ornaments (priced at $9.95 each) to place mats, cutting boards and mouse pads. They’re available at Lois Brezinski Artworks, 533 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 400-8869 or www.loisbrezinskiartworks.com.
COME TO PAPA
If Vincent van Gogh had moved to Florida, his work might resemble that of plein air artist Ralph Papa. Papa lives in Boynton Beach, has a studio in Delray Beach and is part of a gallery at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton, where you can see how he captures the light and colors of South Florida with his 21st-century take on Impressionism. You could buy a canvas print for $47, an acrylic print for $78 or a framed print for $73. Or you could order greeting cards. Few things sum up Christmas in Florida better than the cards bearing an image of December in Delray, with a peek at Old School Square and its landmark Christmas tree. Priced $1.80 per card for a pack of 25, or $45 for the box, at www.fineartamerica.com.
THE GIFT OF ENTERTAINMENT
If there is one thing for which folks in southern Palm Beach County should be grateful, it is this: There is a wealth of cultural opportunities in the area. You could enjoy regional theater at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, or check out a touring show or an art exhibition at Delray Beach’s Old School Square. May we suggest a holiday experience? Melissa Manchester is performing Dec. 24-25 in the 300seat Wick. Tickets to the show are $85 per person. You could make a meal of it — a Chinese buffet will be available at $45 per person for the Christmas Eve performance. The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum is at 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Info: 995-2333 or www.thewick.org.
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Palm Beach Gardens artist Carol Korpi McKinley invites a patron to “surround yourself with joy.” And her large-scale canvases draw a smile for their heart, humor and hues. Her works have proven popular over the years at Excentricities stores, where they bring a sense of the light and colors of South Florida. That is especially true in the jewel tones of the pinks and blues of this giant giclée, called Beach Abstract. Picture it on the tall wall of a grand room or imagine it bringing a little of the outside in, floor to ceiling in a condo. But whatever you do, just picture it. It’s offered at $2,800 by Excentricities, 117 NE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach; 278-0886 or www.excentricities-inc.shoplightspeed.com.
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ON THE FLY
Forget the fish. Disregard the rod. Everyone knows the art of angling lies in how you tie your flies. Oh, you can buy flies for a few dollars (we especially were Photo provided smitten with one dubbed “Sad Flea”; alas, it was sold out). Such flies as the EP Crab are perfect for hooking bonefish, redfish or permit, according to Ole Florida Fly Shop. But we like the idea of tying your own. Ole Florida Fly Shop has all the supplies for that, from paints to feathers to foam (and everything else it takes to create a fly). It’s at 6353 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 995-1929 or www. olefloridaflyshop.com.
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Project aims to restore endangered orchids to native habitats
s we walk through the Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton, we look for places to plant orchids. Now don’t picture us out here with velvety purple phalaenopsis or peachy pink vandas that you might buy at a nursery or big box store. We are here to plant Dancing Ladies, an endangered native orchid. And flowers aside, the ones we have are a mere 2 years old, measuring only about 2 inches in length from root tip to the top of their greenery. They’ve been propagated from seed in a laboratory at Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach. And now they are being planted in the wild. “We work hard to do it right,” said Carmen Rodriguez, education and training programs coordinator for the center. “These are rare plants and we want them to be successful.” She and her co-worker, technician David Taylor, along with scientists at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, are participating in the Million Orchid Project. It’s an attempt to grow and reintroduce endangered to critically endangered native orchids into their native habitats. In the past, native orchids that are part of the project, including the butterfly, nightblooming and dollar orchids, were common all over South Florida. They were so prolific, you’d find them in just about every tree. But in the late 1800s, the Florida East Coast Railway brought tourists who bought specimens to take home as houseplants and poachers who picked them out of trees to ship to florists up North. The devastation of the native population was so great that today only a few species survive
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ABOVE: GPS coordinates are recorded so that the orchids can be monitored. FAR LEFT: Carmen Rodriguez nestles a Dancing Lady orchid seedling into the undergrowth of the Yamato Scrub Natural Area. LEFT: Once upon a time Dancing Lady blooms dotted Florida’s landscape. Photos by Deborah S. HartzSeeley/The Coastal Star in very limited areas of the state. And given development and pollution, even their survival is not assured. That’s why Rodriguez and Taylor are busy in the laboratory propagating and growing over 60,000 orchid plants from eight species in sterile flasks set under grow-lights. After two years in the lab, the orchids will be ready for “out-planting” in the wild, where their growth and development will be watched and noted for years to come. The Dancing Lady orchids we are planting today currently survive in the wild in only two
areas of Jupiter. But Rodriguez and Taylor hope the Boca Raton scrub will be a suitable habitat in which their population can expand. Finding the proper habitat is not easy, but it’s important. Native orchids have specific needs for growth, with species native to Palm Beach County being genetically different from those in Miami-Dade and vice versa. When Taylor sees a saw palmetto, a possible host plant for the Dancing Lady orchid, he reaches to the base of the tree. Here he tucks the roots of a tiny seedling into the pine needles that cover the floor of this scrubland. He then marks the spot with a numbered metal tag. “We hope that the pine needles will help lock in moisture for the dry season and that they’ll do OK here,” he said. Meanwhile, Rodriguez records the plant’s GPS coordinates so they can find it again. She also notes who did the planting, the date and the host plant. It takes us about
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Saturday - 12/2 - Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Exhibit Opening at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 10 giant sea life sculptures made entirely of marine debris. Runs through 5/31. 10 am-4 pm. $15/ adult; $5/child age 5-12; free/child 4 and under & member. 233-1757; mounts.org
three hours to complete today’s out-planting of 65 Dancing Lady orchids. And as we drive away, I wonder how those tiny wisps propagated from seeds the size of talcum powder will stand up to Mother Nature in the form of hungry gopher tortoises that enjoy their tender shoots, not to mention the vagaries of weather and visitors. But their survival is important because native orchids thrive only where the water is fresh and the air clean. So by surviving, they let us know our habitat is healthy. “That makes them a good indicator species for our planet,” said Rodriguez. If you would like to volunteer to work on the Million Orchid Project, contact Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org. To show your support and help fund the Million Orchid Project, you can participate in the Wild Orchid 5K-Plus fun runs for kids beginning at 8 a.m. on Feb. 3 at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education
Tuesday - 12/12 - The Literary Garden: Book Discussion Series - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly at Mounts Botanical Garden Clayton Hutcheson Complex , 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. In partnership w/Palm Beach County Library System. 2:30-4 pm. Free. 233-1757; mounts.org 12/12 - Be Plastic Aware! Microplastics in the Environment at Mounts Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall A, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 5:30-6:30 pm. $10-$15. 233-1757; mounts.org
The Million Orchid Project laboratory is open only to volunteers. The public can visit the nature area adjacent to the center, 6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach (www.pinejog.fau.edu/communityprograms; 686-6600). Here, native butterfly orchids are found in the wild, and more have been planted from the lab. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Or visit the Yamato Scrub Natural Area, 701 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton (discover.pbcgov.org/erm/ NaturalAreas; 233-2400), where Dancing Lady orchids have been planted in the wild. The scrub is open sunrise to sunset.
If you plant more common species of exotic orchids bought at garden stores, you need to find a place for them in your home or yard that mimics their natural habitat. Many of the exotics were originally from trees in rainforests. For best results, keep them in low light and attach the orchids to trees or plant them in special bark preparations. And instead of saturating them, spritz them with water two or three times a week aiming for the roots, not the foliage. — David Taylor and Carmen Rodriguez Center. Entry is $25 ($35 after Jan. 26). Visit runsignup.com/ Race/Fl/WestPalmBeach/ PineJogWildOrchid5K. Please note: It is illegal to harvest endangered native orchids from public land, according to Lee Lietzke, senior environmental analyst for the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management. “Take photos; leave only footprints,” he said. Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley can be reached at debhartz@ att.net.
Thursday - 12/21 - Cooking in the Garden: Community Making Kimchi with Chef Nina Kauder at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 5:30-7 pm. $20-$30. 233-1757; mounts.org
DEC. 31-JAN. 6
Tuesday - 1/2 - Boca Raton Garden Club Meeting at BRGC Clubhouse, 4281 NW 3rd Ave, Boca Raton. Speaker Jeff Hutchinson: care of bromeliads, how they differ from other plants. Every 1st T Oct-May 1 pm. Free. 395-9376; bocaratongardenclub.org
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Prevent holidays from becoming howl-i-days for pets
trange but jovial people burst through the front door. A giant tree with dangling objects suddenly takes over the living room. Kitchen counters are buried under an avalanche of goodies. Dinners are delayed and daily walks get forgotten. For far too many pets, the above scenarios capture the coming holiday season. The comfortable predictability of the household routine becomes taken over by unexpected visitors as well as strange sights, sounds and smells. So it’s understandable why your pets may become confused, anxious and even a bit fearful. Some may react by piddling on the living room rug, unleashing marathon barking or perhaps cowering under the bed whenever the doorbell rings. Whether you plan to stay home or travel sans your pet during the holidays, it is important to take steps to prevent the holidays from turning into the howl-i-days for the pet. For starters, do a candid assessment of your pet’s temperament and personality. Identify if your pet would be a good candidate for expending energy at a local doggy day care. Or, if you plan to travel or be gone for long stretches of time, determine if your pet would fare best being cared for at home by a professional pet sitter or if he would enjoy his own suite at a pet boarding facility. In general, cats and dogs that are shy, quiet and get easily rattled in the presence of unknown pets are more apt to prefer being home and visited by professional pet sitters. However, pets, especially confident, social dogs that don’t mind new places, may be good candidates for boarding. Since 1968, Tony Maturo has been offering a safe, supervised place for dogs and cats to hang out when their pet parents are not home at the Barkingham Palace in Delray Beach. “The holidays are a stressedout time for a lot of pets, so we are here seven days a week to make sure pets in our day care or those being boarded are safe, comfortable and given a chance to play,” says Maturo, who co-owns the Barkingham Palace with his wife, Pat. “During playtime, we factor in temperament, age and size of the dogs. At night, we play mood music to help them sleep.” Day care or boarding may be ideal options if you have invited relatives or friends for the holidays who may be allergic to pets, don’t want to be around pets in the house or who may insist on bringing their own pets that do not get along with other pets. Think of this option as a welcome getaway for your dogs and cats, but book now.
Dogs relax at Barkingham Palace in Delray Beach while their owners are away. The boarding and day-care facility provides a safe, comfortable place to stay with chances to play. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
Pet Care Options
Sunshine Pet Pals, 5970 SW 18th St., Boca Raton; 2126917; www.sunshinepetpals. com; pack.leader@ sunshinepetpals.com. Barkingham Palace, 1551 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; 243-4175; www. barkinghampalacedelray. com; barkinghamp@yahoo. com. Responsible boarding facilities will require you to provide your pet’s up-to-date medical records and have your pet do a “trial run” visit to evaluate how he or she handles being around other pets. If you plan to take a vacation or spend time visiting family or friends away from home, you can hire a professional pet sitter who is licensed, insured and bonded. And ideally, this person should be trained in pet first aid to handle any unexpected emergencies. Think of this option as a staycation for your stay-at-home pets, who may be older, require daily medications or not fond of new places or meeting new dogs or cats. Sam Brownstein, of Sunshine Pet Pals, has been
caring for pets in the Boca Raton area for nine years. He notes that the level of stress in pets often increases during the holidays. And so do the number of requests for home visits, which is why he recommends you hire and schedule holiday visits with a professional pet sitter now. “We are here to keep pets safe in their own homes and to adhere to their feeding, walking and play schedules as much as possible,” says Brownstein. “We also educate our clients on how to minimize the stress felt by the pets weeks before the holidays.”
• If you need to relocate your cat’s litter box from the spare bedroom to a corner of the home office, do so a couple of weeks before your overnight guests arrive. • Post bright-colored signs by doors to alert guests to carefully close and open doors to prevent rattled dogs from bolting out and escaping. • Place pets in a quiet, closed back room with a sound machine or television on to muffle or mute any loud noises caused by fireworks or blaring music. • Stick with the quality
commercial food you now feed your pets and gently but firmly relay to guests to not give any people food to your pets. Holiday people favorites like chocolates, gravy-loaded stuffing, alcoholic drinks and nuts can cause GI upset, pancreatitis and even choking if ingested by your dog or cat. • Ensure this can be a cool Yule for you and your pet by stepping away from the holiday bustle for even brief times each day. Be in the present moment and spend time cuddling with your pet and exercising together. These tactics can fend off stress and salvage sanity for you both.
From my dogs, Kona, Bujeau and Cleo, and cats, Casey and Mikey, I wish you and your pets a “pawsome” and safe holiday season! Arden Moore, founder of www.FourLeggedLife.com, is an animal behavior consultant, editor, author, professional speaker and master certified pet first aid instructor. Each week, she hosts the popular Oh Behave! show on www. PetLifeRadio. com. Learn more by visiting www. fourleggedlife. com.
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Church’s multiplicity of services meant to reach all
ou’ve heard the saying: You can’t please all the people … But at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, the ministry tries to please everyone, especially at Christmas, one of the most important holidays of the year. That’s why you’ll find a wide variety of programs or services on Advent Lutheran’s busy schedule. “Our church’s mission is to reach every age and stage of life,” Pastor Andy Hagen said. For a lot of people, Christmas is a very Joy to the World time of year, but to someone who lost a loved one in the previous year, Christmas may not be a joyous time. “People may have lost the person they spent the holiday with, making the loss harder,” Hagen said. For those people, Advent offers a Blue Christmas service on Dec. 3 with words of encouragement and a candlelighting remembrance. It’s an outreach of the Advent’s Stephen Ministry, named for the Apostle Stephen, who spent time with grieving widows and orphans, Hagen said. “These people build friendships with the grieving, one-on-one relationships that help with the transition after loss,” he said. All volunteers, these friends
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Chloe Pugh takes the lead in a choral performance last season at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca. Photo provided fill a bit of the gap left after someone passes. “They love it,” Hagen said. “It’s a big blessing to us as pastors.” Pastors are there at the beginning, but the Stephen Ministry picks up where the pastors leave off. These people are there months after loss and try to see the person through major events — such as the first birthdays and Mother’s Days — of that first year. And they love what they do, Hagen said. “They’ve been blessed so they want to share that blessing with others.” Hagen knows that life events like losing a loved one or living through a hurricane can have
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deep impacts, and the reports of natural disasters and man-made atrocities on the news make it hard to be positive about the future. “It’s a difficult time for a lot of people. It’s a season of vulnerability,” he said. “But the birth of Jesus is a story of vulnerability, too. They were homeless. Outcast. Refugees. Alone. It’s not all a happy Hallmark moment.” But there’s room for that, too. Advent will celebrate the season with modern and traditional music and drama at many of its services and programs. To those who are discouraged, Hagen says,
“God is paying attention. He knows we’re worried. I try to stay faithful to what we do and remember God’s in charge.” When you need help, reach out, the pastor says. “We’re here, and the lights are on for you.” Oh, and Merry Christmas.
Royal Palm Place, 309 Via de Palmas #90. Conversation, fellowship, open discussion. 1st T 7 pm. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org Wednesday - 12/6 - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Bible Study at Panera, 1701 S Federal Hwy, Delray Beach. Read, discuss upcoming lesson & gospel readings. Every W 8-9 am. Free. 276-4541; stpaulsdelray. org 12/6 - Legion of Mary at St Mark Catholic Church Chapel, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Follows 8 am Mass every W. Free. 734-93300; stmarkboynton.com 12/6 - Centering Prayer at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 3300A S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Every W 10 am & 6:30 pm. Free. RSVP: 732-3060; stjoesweb.org 12/6 - Bible Study at First United Methodist Church, 101 N Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Every W 11 am. Free. 7323435; fumcbb.com 12/6 - Wonderful Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church, 33 Gleason St, Delray Beach. All ages. Every W 5:45 pm dinner; 6:30 pm program. $7/adult; $5/child; $20/ max per family. Reservations: 276-6338; firstdelray.com 12/6 - Rector’s Bible Study at St Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Every W 6 pm supper (soup & salad, donation requested); 7 pm Bible study (free). 395-8285; stgregorysepiscopal.org Thursday - 12/7 - Men’s Fellowship at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, 33 Gleason St. Every Th 8:30 am. Free. 2766338; firstdelray.com 12/7 - Women’s Bible Study Group at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Childcare available upon request. Every Th 9:30 am-noon. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/7 - Prayer Circle at Trinity Lutheran Church Courtyard, 400 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Every Th 8:05 am. 278-1737; trinitydelray.org 12/7 - Open House at Islamic Center of Boca Raton, 3480 NW 5th Ave. 1st Th 7-9 pm. Held again 1/4. 395-7221; icbr.org
Note: See Holiday Events on Page H18 Events are current as of 11/24. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/2 – Catholic Grandparents Meeting at Ascension Church, 7250 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. All welcome. 1st Sat 10-11:30 am. Free. 289-2640; diocesepb.org
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MASS SCHEDULE Monday - Friday: 7:00 A.M., 8:30 A.M., 5:00 P.M. Saturday: 8:30 A.M. Saturday Vigil: 4:00 P.M., 5:30 P.M. Sunday: 7:00 A.M., 8:30 A.M., 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. (Life Teen Mass) CONFESSIONS December 23: after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and 2:30 p.m CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2017 ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE December 21: 7:00 p.m. Recommended opportunity for individual confessions. CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES December 24: 4:00, 5:30 (Children’s Mass) and 9:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES December 25: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 a.m. No afternoon Mass. NEW YEAR’S VIGIL MASS December 31: 4:00 & 5:30 p.m. NEW YEAR’S DAY MASSES (Not a Holy Day of Obligation) January 1: 7:00, 8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. THE EUCHARISTIC FAST is one hour from food and liquids. Water and medicine never break your fast. PARISH OFFICE HOURS Mon - Fri: 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. • Sat - Sun: 9 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. 840 George Bush Boulevard, Delray Beach FL 33483 Oﬃce#: 561-276-6892 • Website: www.stvincentferrer.com
Sunday - 12/3 - Guest Speaker Gregory Barrette at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 9:25 & 11 am. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org Monday - 12/4 - Monday Morning Women’s Bible Study at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, 33 Gleason St. Every M 10-11:30 am. Free. 276-6338; firstdelray.com 12/4 - Women’s Bible Study at Seacrest Presbyterian Church Conference Room, 2703 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Every M 10 am. Free. 276-5633; seacrestchurch.com 12/4 - Rosary for Peace at St Vincent Ferrer Adoration Chapel, 840 George Bush Blvd, Delray Beach. Every M 7 pm. Free. 276-6892; stvincentferrer.com Tuesday - 12/5 - Lectio Divina (Divine Prayer) at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation, prayer. Every T 9-10 am. Free. 276-4541; stpaulsdelray.org 12/5 - Rector’s Bible Study at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Every T 10:30 am; Th 7-8:30 pm. Free. 276-4541; stpaulsdelray.org 12/5 - St Mark Bible Study at St Mark Catholic Church St Clare Room, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Every T 7-8 pm. Nominal fee/free-will offering for study guide. Register: 734-9330; stmarkboynton.com 12/5 - First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton Pub Theology at Biergarten,
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Dec. 3 Blue Christmas service: 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 Early childhood school Christmas program: 10 and 11:15 a.m. Don’t miss the living Nativity after the show. Dec. 10 Christmas Music Sunday with the Advent Choir in a program called “Let There Be Christmas”: 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Praise Band Christmas program: 10 a.m. Dec. 12 Advent’s elementary and middle school Christmas program — 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship service: 10 a.m. Family worship service with the children’s candlelight processional and family fellowship following: 4 p.m. Snow is expected to fall. Contemporary candlelight service with Communion: 6 p.m. Candlelight service with Communion: 10 p.m. Christmas Day Worship service: 10 a.m.
Friday - 12/8 - Women’s Bible Study Group at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church Youth House, 266 NE 2nd St, Boca Raton. Every F 9:15 am. Free. 395-8285; stgregorysepiscopal.org 12/8 - Couples’ Bible Study Group at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Childcare available upon request. Every F 6-9 pm. Free. 3951244; fumcbocaraton.org Saturday - 12/9 - St Mark Council of Catholic Women at St Mark Catholic Church Madonna Room, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. 2nd Sat 10 am. Free. 7349330; stmarkboynton.com
Wednesday - 12/13 - Lunch and Learn with Boca Beach Chabad’s Rabbi Ruvi New at Keter Bakery Cafe, 515 NE 20th St, Boca Raton. Noon-1 pm. 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.org Friday - 12/15 - Parents of St. Gregory’s at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Potluck dinner, topic discussion (targeted to young parents w/children age 2-13), group feedback, childcare available. 3rd F 6-8 pm. Free. 395-8285; stgregorysepiscopal.org
Wednesday - 12/20 - Pause & Affect: Glow of Peace at Chabad of East Boca Raton, 120 NE 1st Ave. New monthly course for women from Rosh Chodesh Society. 7:30 pm. $20/class + $20/book. 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.org Thursday - 12/21 - First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton Pub Theology at Barrel of Monks, 1141 S Rogers Circle #5. Conversation, fellowship, open discussion. 3rd Th 7 pm. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org
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Wednesday - 1/3 - Burning Bowl Ceremony at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 7 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org
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Holiday Events Note: Events are current as of 11/24. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/2 - Santa Lucia Celebration & Christmas Bazaar at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Food court, kids corner, Santa visit, bazaar, more. 11 am-3 pm. $10/adult; $5/child 12 & older; free/child under 12. 707-2649; southflorida.swea.org 12/2 - Boynton Beach Holiday Parade begins at SE 12th Avenue & Federal Highway, ends at Ocean Avenue. Family fare. 3 pm. 742-6641; boynton-beach.org 12/2 - Holiday Carousel at Old School Square Park, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Runs through 1/1. M-F 5-9 pm; Sat 10 am-9 pm; Sun 1-9 pm; School holiday break 1-9 pm. $3/ride. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/2 - Winterfest at Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S Dixie Hwy. Photos w/Santa, elves hayride, tree lighting, vendors, more. 6-8:30 pm. Free/admission. lantana.org 12/2 - Boynton Beach Tree Lighting & Concert at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E Ocean Ave. 6:30 pm. Free/admission; nominal fee for some activities. boyntonbeach.org 12/2 - Carols by Candlelight at The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 7-10 pm. $15-$100. 2437922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/2 - Delray Beach Chorale: A Holiday Celebration at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $10-$25. 419-4878; delraybeachchorale.org 12/2-3 - 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar at Flamingo Clay Glass Metal Stone Studio & Gallery, 15 S J St, Lake Worth. Runs through 1/3. Sun-Th 10 am-6 pm; F/Sat 10 am-10 pm. 588-8344; flamingoclaystudio.org 12/2-3 - A Christmas Story at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Sat 8 pm; Sat/Sun 2 pm. $55-$72/dinner & show; $23-$35/ show. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org 12/2-3 - Ballet Palm Beach The Nutcracker at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Sat 7:30 pm; Sat/Sun 2 pm. Tickets start at $19. 814-5598; balletpalmbeach.org 12/2-14 - Annual Manalapan Fire Department Toy Drive at Evelyn & Arthur, 277 S Ocean Blvd. Drop off during store hours; donate a toy & get 10% off one item priced $75 or higher. 585-1122; evelynandarthur.com
Sunday - 12/3 - Willoughby Farms Holiday Shopping Bazaar at 6060 Willoughby Rd, Lake Worth. 11 am-4 pm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org 12/3 - Lecture: Christmas on the Homefront - Celebrating the Holiday During Wartime by Dr. Penne Restad at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $10/member; $28/non-member. 655-2833; flaglermuseum.us 12/3 - Christmas Tree Lighting at Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 3-5 pm. Free w/museum admission. 655-2833; flaglermuseum.us 12/3 - Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at St. Vincent Ferrer, 840 George Bush Blvd, Delray Beach. Reception follows. 3 pm. $10/adult; $5/ student age 6-18; free/child 5 & under. 665-8566; stvincentferrer.com 12/3 - Florida Intergenerational Orchestra Holiday Lollapalooza at Our Lady of Lourdes O’Shea Hall, 22094 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton. 3 pm. $10/adult; free/child. 482-8206; flioa.org 12/3 - Tropical Flutes: The Light of Christmas at First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach, 101 N Seacrest Blvd. 3 pm. Free. 954-947-1951; email@example.com Tuesday - 12/5 - Sing-a-long Holiday Caroling with gift exchange at Boynton Beach Senior Center, 1021 S Federal Hwy. 10:30-11 am. Free. 742-6570; boyntonbeach.org 12/5 - Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches 33rd Annual Tree Lighting
Celebration at The Sailfish Club, 1338 N Lake Way, Palm Beach. Cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet dinner, entertainment. 6 pm. $350. 253-1361 x112; adoptafamilypbc.org Wednesday - 12/6 - Opportunity 2017 Holiday Luncheon & Boutique at Sailfish Club, 1338 N Lake Way, Palm Beach. Benefits Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center. 10:30 am shopping begins; noon luncheon. $200/person. 712-9221; opportunitypbc.org 12/6 - Light Up Boca 47th Annual Holiday Street Parade on Federal Highway from SE 5th Street to Mizner Park Amphitheater. 7:30-9 pm. Free. 393-7807; myboca.us Thursday - 12/7 - Garden Club of Palm Beach Christmas Boutique at The Society of the Four Arts Sculpture Garden, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Plants, Christmas gifts, more. 9:30 am-4 pm. Free. 837-6635; gardenclubpalmbeach.com 12/7 - Christmas Boutique at St. Lucy Parish Center, 3510 S Ocean Blvd, Highland Beach. Food, raffles, fun, happy hour. 2-8 pm. Free/admission. 2781280; SaintLucyCommunity.com 12/7 - Boca Chamber’s 36th Annual Holiday Auction at Via Mizner Golf and Country Club, 6200 Boca Del Mar Dr. Live & silent auctions. 5:30-9 pm. $30. 395-4433; bocaratonchamber.com 12/7 - Winter Holiday Open House at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. All ages. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 742-6380; boyntonlibrary.org Friday - 12/8 - Karaoke Holiday Caroling at Boynton Beach Senior Center, 1021 S Federal Hwy. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 742-6570; boynton-beach.org 12/8 - Boynton Beach & Delray Beach 46th Annual Holiday Boat Parade from Lantana Bridge to the C-15 Canal. Viewing at Boynton Beach Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park, Delray Beach Veterans Park. 6 pm live music at Boynton Harbour Marina; 7 pm parade starts. Free. 600-9097; catchboynton.com 12/8 - Screen on the Green: Santa Claus & the Annual Present Parade at Waterfront Commons, 105 Evernia St, West Palm Beach. 6-11 pm. Free. 822-1515; wpb.org 12/8 - Divas Holiday Party at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. 8 pm. $15. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org Saturday - 12/9 - Breakfast with Santa at Intracoastal Park Clubhouse, 2240 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach. Kids visit with Santa, leave with a holiday craft. All ages. 9-11 am. $10. Reservations: 7426240; boynton-beach.org 12/9 - Ornaments Naturally at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Create nature ornaments/decorations with holiday themes using shells, sea beans, pine cones, other materials (provided). Age 7 & up, children under 18 must participate w/an adult. 10 am-noon. $7/member; $10/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/9 - VSAFL’s Holiday Showcase: Thank You For The Music at Palm Beach State College Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth. Local children, teens and adults showcase their talents on a professional stage. 2-4 pm. $10/adult; $5/senior & student. 966-7026; 868-3309; discover.pbcgov.org/parks/vsaflorida/ Pages/default.aspx 12/9 - Hope for the Holidays at Palm Beach Atlantic University De-Santis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Presented by The Robert Sharon Chorale. 3 pm. $15/person; $5/student w/ ID; free/child under 12. 687-4245; therobertsharonchorale.com 12/9 - Delray Beach Holiday Parade on Atlantic Ave begins east of the Intracoastal, continues to the Fire Station; Santa rides
along in the fire truck. 6 pm. Free. 2437277; downtowndelraybeach.com 12/9 - Cookie Cruise with Santa aboard the Lady Atlantic, 801 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. 10:30 am. Held again 12/16 & at 5:30 pm on 12/19-20-21. $25. Reservations: 243-0686; delraybeachcruises.com 12/9-10 - 4th Annual ChristkindlMarkt at The American German Club, 5111 Lantana Rd, Lantana. Workshops, vendors, tree lighting, delicacies, photos w/Santa, more. Sat 2-10 pm; Sun 1-9 pm. $8/advance; $10/ at the gate; free/child under 12. 967-6464; amaericangermanclub.org
Sunday - 12/10 – 14th Annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert presented by Lynn University Friends of the Conservatory of Music at Boca Raton Resort & Club Great Hall, 501 E Camino Real. Family fare. 2 pm. $35/general admission. 237-9000; lynn.edu 12/10 - Bells & Carols at First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach, 101 N Seacrest Blvd. 3 pm. Free. 954-9471951; firstname.lastname@example.org 12/10 - FAU Tuba Christmas Concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Bring chairs/
blankets. Free. 4 pm doors open; concert 5 pm. 393-7700; myboca.us 12/10 - Handel’s Messiah at Florida Atlantic University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. FAU choral students past & present in collaboration w/ the Delray Beach Chorale. 7 pm. $20. 800745-3000; fauevents.com 12/10 - 98 Degrees at Christmas at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8 pm. Tickets start at $29. 832-7469; kravis.org Tuesday - 12/12 - 2nd Annual Ladies Guild Luncheon Holly Jolly Symphony Fete at The Beach Club, 55 N County Rd, Palm Beach. 11 am. $175. 655-2657; palmbeachsymphony.org 12/12 - Christmas Candlelighting Service at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 7 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org Wednesday - 12/13 - Hanukkah begins 12/13 - Holiday Poetry Reading & Sing Along at Sunrise Assisted Living Brighton Gardens, 6341 Via de Sonrisea del Sur, Boca Raton. Hosted by Palm Beach Poetry Festival. 10:30 am. Free. palmbeachpoetryfestival.org 12/13 - Delray Beach Menorah Lighting at Old School Square Park, 96 NE 2nd Ave. Limited seating available. 6 pm. Free. 243-7010; downtowndelraybeach.com 12/13 - Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) of South Florida Holiday Meet and Greet at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. Food, beverages, prizes. 2nd W 6:30 pm. Free. WNBASoFla@gmail.com 12/13 - Handel’s Messiah at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3510 S Ocean Blvd, Highland Beach. Performed by Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches. 7 pm. $20/ suggested donation. 278-1280; ssaintlucycommunity.com 12/13 - A Seraphic Fire Christmas at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Audi-
Holiday Events H19 torium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 7:30 pm. $40-$45. 655-7226; fourarts.org Thursday - 12/14 - Card Making at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Celebrate the season of giving; create a holiday card to give to a friend or loved one. Grades K-5. 4:30-5:30 pm. Free. 7426380; boyntonlibrary.org 12/14 - Concert: A World of Holiday Tunes by the Serenade Singers at Highland Beach Library Community Room, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. 5 pm. Free. 278-5455; highlandbeach.us 12/14 - Carols & Cocktails at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. 6-9 pm. $40. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/14 - Teen HoliDIY at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Make ornaments using Scrabble letters. Grades 6-12. 6-7 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/14 - A Gospel according to Jazz Christmas featuring Kirk Whalum & Jonathan Butler and Special Guests at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Zubin Mehta, Conductor. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $15. 832-7469; kravis. org Friday - 12/15 Holiday Party at Boynton Beach Senior Center, 1021 S Federal Hwy. 1-3 pm. $3/advance; $5/at the door. 742-6570; boyntonbeach.org 12/15 - Handel’s Messiah at Benjamin Upper School, 4875 Grandiflora Rd, Palm Beach Gardens. Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches. 7 pm. $25/ adult; $10/ student. 8459696; masterworkspb.org Saturday - 12/16 - Christmas Season Art, History & Culinary Tour conducted by Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History departs at 11 am from Macy’s (outside East Entrance) Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N Congress Ave. 4-hour tour includes bus/walking tour, food sampling, visits to historical/cultural sites. Narrated by live guide. Rain or shine. Held again 12/23. Reservations required: $50$60/adult & senior citizen; free/child under 18 (max 5 children per family.) 243-2662; tastehistoryculinarytours.org 12/16 - Kiwanis Intergalactic Holiday Wonderland and Lake Worth Holiday Parade at Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex, 10 S Ocean Blvd. City of Lake Worth Bike Giveaway. Noon - 5 pm Kiwanis Intergalactic Holiday Wonderland; 6 pm City of Lake Worth Intergalactic Holiday Parade. Free. 533-7363; lakeworth.org/ events 12/16 - Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade from the C-15 Canal to Hillsboro Canal. 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/16 - FAU Madrigal Dinner at St Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Hosted by FAU Foundation. Benefits FAUs Choral and Vocal Studies Program. Wine & cheese reception, dinner, program. 6:30 pm. $100. 297-2337; fauf. fau.edu/madrigal 12/16 - The Florida Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra presents An Ellington Nutcracker at Florida Atlantic University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. 7 pm. $20. 800-745-3000; fauevents.com 12/16-17 - Breakfast with Santa at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Hot breakfast buffet, meet/ greet w/Santa & Mrs. Claus, up-close animal encounters, photo ops, holiday music, more. Family fare. Held again 12/23. 8:30-10 am. $7.95-$36.95. Pre-registration required: 547-9453; palmbeachzoo.org 12/16-17 – Harid Conservatory Winter Performances: The Nutcracker, Act II
at Countess de Hoernle Theater, 5100 Jog Rd, Boca Raton. 3 pm. $25-$30. 997-1677; harid.edu
Sunday - 12/17 - Chancel Choir Cantata with Stradivarius Chamber Ensemble at First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach, 101 N Seacrest Blvd. 8:30 & 11 am. Free. 954-947-1951; firstumcbb@ bellsouth.net 12/17 - Children’s Christmas Story from St. Luke at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 9:25 am. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/17 - A Many But One Christmas at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Excerpts from The Nutcracker and special ballet performance with Many but One Ministry Company. 2 & 6 pm. $15-$35. 654-4088; manybutone.com 12/17 - Concert: Advent Lessons & Carols part of Music At St. Paul’s series at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Reception follows. 3 pm. Free. 276-4541; music.stpaulsdelray.org 12/17 - Aloha Islanders Holiday Spectacular at West Palm Beach Waterfront, 100 Clematis St. 4-7 pm. Free. 822-2222; wpb.org 12/17 - Messiah by G.F. Handel presented by Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches at Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. 7 pm. $25. 845-9696; masterworkspb.org 12/17 - The TEN Tenors: Our Holiday Wish at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 7 pm. Tickets start at $25. 832-7469; kravis.org Tuesday - 12/19 - Light Up 8th Night of Chanukah at The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle. Presented by PJ Library & PJ Our Way. 5:30 pm crafts/storytime; 6 pm musical entertainment. Free. 852-6080; email@example.com 12/19-23 - Holiday Evening Tour at Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 6:30 pm reception; 6:50-7:25 pm tours. $25/adult; $15/child under 18. 6552833; flaglermuseum.us Wednesday - 12/20 - Hanukkah Ends Thursday - 12/21 - Canadian Brass Holiday Featuring Joel Bacon on Organ at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8 pm. Tickets start at $15. 832-7469; kravis. org Friday - 12/22 - Polar Express Movie & Activities at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 4:30 pm doors open; 6 pm movie. Free. 393-7700; myboca. us 12/22 - Christmas Wonderland: The Holiday Show at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8 pm. Tickets start at $25. 832-7469; kravis.org Saturday - 12/23 - A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Family fare. 1 & 4 pm. Tickets start at $18. 832-7469; kravis. org 12/23 - The Nutcracker part of Special Screenings at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Previously recorded. 2:30 pm. Free. Reserved tickets required: 655-7226; fourarts.org
Sunday - 12/24 - Concert by Stradivarius Strings Candlelight Worship at First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach, 101 N Seacrest Blvd. 6:30 pm concert; 7 pm worship. Free. 954-947-1951; firstname.lastname@example.org 12/24-25 - Melissa Manchester Holiday Celebration at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Sun 5:30 pm; Mon 2 & 7:30 pm. $85-$120. 995-2333; thewick.org Monday - 12/25 – Christmas Day Saturday - 12/30 - Kwanzaa Celebration at The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 2:30-6 pm. Free. 278-8883; spadymuseum.com
H20 Tots & Teens
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Tots & Teens
Boca boy has out-of-this-world interaction with astronaut
By Janis Fontaine
Christopher Andersson is one curious kid! And his parents couldn’t be prouder. In November, a dozen children from Palm Beach County were invited to talk to Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli aboard the International Space Station via ham radio at a live talkback at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. The special event coincided with the center’s 5,000-square-foot exhibition, Astronaut. One of the lucky ones was Christopher, 7, a second-grader at Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, his hometown. The students were invited based on essays they wrote about what question they’d ask an astronaut, which were judged by teachers based on their writing, creativity and enthusiasm for the subject. Christopher’s question was: “What is the most unexpected discovery you have made when doing your science experiments on the International Space Station?” Christopher’s dad, Leif Andersson, says that the question was born out of a slime-making experiment. “I didn’t know what would happen,” Christopher said about the day he was “playing around” in his home chemistry lab. By mixing a few substances
St. Andrews School second-grader Christopher Andersson was invited to ask a question of Paolo Nespoli while Nespoli was aboard the International Space Station. Photo provided together, he discovered slime. It was a jumping off point for a discussion about how many important discoveries start with people saying, “I wonder what would happen …” Christopher’s question was intriguing, so judges put it at the top of the list. That meant the boy in the blue blazer was first at the mic, which would have intimidated a teenager, but he did great. When the astronaut finally answered — the ISS is an average of 240 miles above the Earth hurtling by at 17,600 miles per hour — the audio was
difficult to hear, so Christopher’s dad explained the answer to him later. Nespoli told the students that he was surprised to find that fire didn’t behave exactly the way the astronauts expected. Scientists always believed that fire couldn’t be sustained in very cold temperatures: Heat is one of the three requirements for fire, along with fuel and oxygen. The astronauts found fire still burned at lower temperatures than they’d expected. The unexpected is what keeps scientists’ hearts beating, the same way the unknown
keeps Christopher’s curiosity marching along. Christopher and the other students were also among the first to see the new exhibition, Astronaut, Your Journey Begins on Earth, which opened at the Science Center in October and runs through April 22. The exhibit is designed to show visitors what it would be like to live in space. How do astronauts eat? How do they sleep? How do they, ahem, use the bathroom in gravity-free space? (You know you’ve been wondering about that.) The exhibit features
interactive games and displays that simulate a rocket launch and show how to plant and grow a space garden. You can even take a spin in the G-force simulator and see if you’ve got “the right stuff,” then find out what job you’d have on a space mission by taking a personality quiz. Christopher said his favorite part was playing with the vending machines that offered “space food” choices. After school, the soon-to-be 8-year-old stretches his creative muscles at Saint Andrews robotics club, a highlight of his week, and on the chess team. He pushes himself physically playing goalie on his ice hockey team and as a member of the swim team. Christopher says he doesn’t want to be an astronaut, but he would like to support astronauts in some capacity back here on terra firma. But for right now, Saint Andrews is just the spot for a curious kid with a passion for science. Ú The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Admission is $16.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors ages 60-plus, $12.95 for ages 3-12 and free for younger than 3 and for members. On the web at www. sfsciencecenter.org.
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Tots & Teens Calendar Note: See Holiday Events on Page H19 Events are current as of 11/24. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/2 - Diamonds & Pearls Dance Team at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Community dance team participates in local and collegiate homecoming parades, statewide special events. Middle/high school/college students. T/Th 6-8 pm, Sat 9 am-1 pm. Yearly $30/resident; $40/non-resident. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/2 - Tiny Toes Ballet/Tap Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd #73, Boca Raton. Age 3-7. Every Sat 9:30-10 am. $10. 394-2626; showtimeboca.com 12/2 - Little Wonders at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Hike, crafts, stories. Age 3-4. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10-11 am. $5/member, $8/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/2 - smART: Dramatic Drawings at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Studio workshops for families/intergenerational groups that focus on artistic family fun for all ages to learn, create, enjoy the visual arts. 10-11 am. $5/family. Reservations: 392-2500 x106; bocamuseum.org 12/2 - Drop-In Story Time at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Music, stories, fingerplays, songs. Children all ages accompanied by an adult. Every Sat 1010:30 am. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/ Library 12/2 - Coral Reef Shark, Alligator & Stingray Feedings at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Shark T-Sat 10:30 am, Sun 1:30 pm; Alligator W/Sat 1 pm; Stingray T-Sun 2:45 pm. Free w/$5 admission. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/2 - Family Studio: The Little Things at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach. Children w/adult partner tour the current special exhibition, then create their own artwork. Age 5-12 w/parents. Every Sat through 12/30 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $1/materials fee payable at the door. 832-5196 x1138; norton.org 12/2 - Drop-in Craft at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Age 3 & up. Every Sat 10:30-11:30 am. Free w/paid admission. Registration: 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/2 - Story Time at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Stories, songs, fingerplays parents and children enjoy together. All ages. T-Sat 11 am. Free w/paid admission. 368-6875; cmboca.org 12/2 - All Art Class at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Age 2-9. Every Sat 11:30 am. $5/member; $8/ non-member. 368-6875; cmboca.org 12/2 - Sensory Saturday at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Explore the museum in a sensory modified setting with sound/light adjustments. 1st Sat 11:30 am. Free. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/2 - Science Stories at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Hear science inspired stories. Age 5 & up. Every Sat 11:30 am. Free. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/2 - Nature Detectives at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. New mystery each month. Age 5-7 w/an adult. 11:30 am-12:30 pm. $5/ member; $8/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/2 - Opossum, Snake, Owl & Alligator Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Opossum W 3:15 pm; Snake Th 3:15 pm; Owl F 3:15 pm; Alligator Sat 3:15 pm. Free. 629-8760; pbcnature.com 12/2 - Les Miserables (School Edition) at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 4 pm. $14.50/ adult; $10.50/child 11 & under. 394-2626; showtimeboca.com
Sunday - 12/3 - Hebrew School at Chabad of East Boca, 120 NE 1st Ave, Boca
Raton. New school for grades K-7. Every Sun 10 am-12:30 pm. $885. 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.com/hebrewschool 12/3 - Sunday Movie: Moana at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 11 am. $1 admission includes popcorn/beverage. 347-3948; sugarsandpark.org 12/3 - Science Make & Take: Build-aBat Box at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. 1st Sun 11:30 am. $5/project. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/3 - Jr. Shark Biologist at Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Age 5-12. W/Sun 3:15 pm. Free w/$5 admission. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/3 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Book Club at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Held again 1/3. 3:30 pm. Free. 2660197; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Oh Baby at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Pre-literacy class: music, stories, rhymes, lap bounces. Age 3 months to not-yet-walking. Every M 10 am. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org Monday - 12/4 - Tales for Tadpoles at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Music/movement rhymes. Age walking-24 months. Every M 10:45 am. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Once Upon A Story: A Workshop for Homeschoolers at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Get ideas, create characters, find new stories to tell. Age 10-14. 1-2:30 pm. $27/resident; $33.75/ non-resident. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/4 - Tail Waggin Tutor with Louie at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Elementary school children read to certified therapy dog. Grade K-5. Every M through 12/18. 3-4 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/4 - Gift Workshop at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. 12/4 pony bead bracelets & necklaces; 12/11 perler bead art; 12/18 candy cane sleighs. Grades K-5. 4:30-5:30 pm. Free. 742-6380; boyntonlibrary.org 12/4 - No Filter Teen Group at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Keep it real with Mr. Irijah; talk about issues that matter to you and your friends. Topics/ activities change each week; snacks served. Grades 8-12. Held again 12/1. 6-7 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/4 - Fencing/Epee Class at Sugar Sand Park Field House, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Learn fencing skills, forge new friendships, have a blast. Beginner M/F 7-8:15 pm $100-$125/monthly; intermediate/ advanced M/W/F 7-10 pm $135-$168.75/ monthly. 954- 854-7843; sugarsandpark. org Tuesday - 12/5 - Turtle Tales at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 2-3. Every T 10 am. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org 12/5 – Baby Storytime at Boynton Beach Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Stories/ rhymes, sing songs promote literacy/ development. Age birth-24 months. Every T 10:30-11 am. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/5 - Mother Nature & Me: Snakes at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Experience nature topics through stories, puppets, games, role play, nature walks, crafts. Age 2-5 w/ guardian. 10:30 am. $4/child. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com 12/5 - Tail Waggin Tutor with Chico at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Elementary school children read to certified therapy dog. Grade K-5. Every T through 12/19 3-4 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/5 - Mini Book+Art: Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson + Miss Lucy’s 3 Day Dollhouse Party at Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Dual language activity presented in English and Spanish; children and grown-ups participate together in a book reading and discussion followed by a hands-on art workshop. Each activity highlights a selected book along with an artwork in the Norton’s Collection or in a special exhibition. Age 5-9. 3:30-5 pm. Free. 233-2600; norton.org
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Seussical the Musical
Gulf Stream School, Gulf Stream – Nov. 8
Gulf Stream School students Aidan Grubman (left front), Tori Wheat (right front) and Heidi Schneider (as Cat in the Hat) take part in the production of Seussical, Jr. directed by drama teacher Allie Shernoff. Twenty-five students in grades 5-8 and many parent and teacher volunteers were involved with every aspect of the production. The entire school attended the morning debut. The evening show was attended by students, teachers, family, friends and town residents. Photo provided by Rachel O’Hara 12/5 - Ice Cream Cone Trees at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Grades K-5. 4:30-5:30 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/5 - BeTeen the Lines at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 13+. 1st & 3rd T 4:30-6:30 pm. Free. 8196405; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - Anime Club at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 13+. 1st & 3rd T 5:30-6:30 pm. Free. 819-6405; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - Adobe Photoshop 1 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 12+. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca. us/957/Library 12/5-6 - Sensational Story ‘n More at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Books come to life through interactive performance, singing, props. Age 2-5. T 10:30 am; W 2 pm. Free w/paid admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/5-6 - Explorium Science Squad: Nocturnal Nature at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Kids explore, experiment, try something new every month. T Age 5-6 (w/parent); W Age 7-9. Both days 4-5 pm. $10/resident; $12.50/non-resident. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/5-7 - Inspired Art at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Age 2-11. T/W/Th 11:30 am-noon. $5/member; $8/non-member. 368-6875; cmboca.org Wednesday - 12/6 - Oxbridge Academy Open House at 3151 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. Grades 9-12. 8:30-10:30 am. Free. 972-9600; oapb.org 12/6 – Family Storytime at Boynton Beach Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Fun stories, songs, fingerplays. Age infant-5 years. Held again 12/20 & 27. 10-11 am. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/6 - Re Do/Better Than New at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Crafty fun renewing, reusing, up-cycling. Turn old stuff into new, useful treasures. Every W 10 am. Free. Registration: 2660197; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - Tiny Tots Storytime at Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Age 0-4. Every W 11-11:30 am. Free. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/6 - Lil’ Explorers: Super Sensory Messy Play at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Explore, develop readiness skills. Age 18 mos-5 yrs. Every W 3-3:45 pm. Per class $4/member; $5/non-member + admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/6 - Tail Waggin Tutor with Nigel at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Grades K-5 read to certified therapy dog. Every W through 12/27. 3-4 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7852; myboca.us/957/ Library
12/6 - Little Makers: Osmo at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 6-8. 3:30-4:30 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library 12/6 - Teen Gaming at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Video games use Wii, PS3, Xbox 360. Grades 6-12. Held again 12/13 & 12/27 (4:30-6:30). 5:307 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/6 - Introduction to Tinkercad at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 8+. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/6 - Tween Explorers: Make a Friendship Bracelet at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 9-12. 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library Thursday - 12/7 - Exhibits Alive! at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Every Th 10 am-noon. Free w/paid admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/7 - Little Explorers at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Every W 10 am. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/7 - Stoplight Tech: Tadd @ Drop-In Story Time at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Music, stories, fingerplays, action songs. Children all ages; 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. 10-10:30 am. Free. 393-7968; myboca. us/957/Library 12/7 - Tail Waggin Tutor with Stella at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Elementary school children read to certified therapy dog. Grades K-5. Every Th through 12/28 3-4 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7852; myboca.us/957/Library 12/7 - Knitting Club at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Age 7 to adult. Every Th 3:30-4:30 pm. Free w/ museum admission. 368-6875; cmboca.org 12/7 - Storytime Yoga at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 4-8. Every Th 3:30 pm. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org 12/7 - Hack Shack Tech Club: Intro to Video Editing at Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center (across the street from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium), 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Experiment w/computer programming, design video games. Grades 5-8. 5-7 pm. $15/member; $20/non-member. Registration: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org 12/7 - Youth Makers: Little Bits at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 9-14. 6-7 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library 12/7-8 - Karate/Martial Arts Classes at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Karate and blend of other combat martial arts. Age 9 to adult. Every Th/F 6-7:30 pm. Per month $10/resident, $12/ non-resident; $25/one-time uniform fee. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com Friday - 12/8 - Tot Time at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Enjoy
crafts, snacks, indoor play stations. Drop in anytime during the program. Age 2-5. 10 am-noon. $5/child. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/8 - Stories in the Garden: Fruits & Veggies at Mounts Botanical Garden Pavilion, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. Stories, songs. Age 2-6. 10-11:30 am. Free. 233-1757; mounts.org 12/8 - Sensory Art for Tots at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Age 1-4. Every F 11:30 am. Per session $3/ member; $5/non-member. 368-6875; cmboca.org 12/8 - Animal Encounters at Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Meet one of our resident animals, learn about their behaviors/characteristics with our naturalist. All ages. Every F 3 pm. Free. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/8 - Unity Dance Team at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Enhances balance, provides exercise, teaches how to gracefully dance/execute interpretive movement. Age 7-15. Every F 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/8-10 - Around the World in 80 Days at Sol Children’s Theatre, 3333 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. F/Sat 7 pm; Sat/Sun 2 pm. Held again 12/15-17 & 12/22-23. $20/ person; $15/child age 11 & under. 4478829; solchildren.org Saturday - 12/9 - Expedition: Science Playground at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton.Join us for a closer look at the scientific principles found within our inclusive Science Playground. Age 5+ with parent/guardian. 2nd Sat 9-10 am. Free. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/9 - Virginia Rep On Tour: Beatrix Potter’s Christmas The Tailor of Gloucester at Kravis Center Persson Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Family fare. 10 am. Tickets $12. 832-7469; kravis.org 12/9 - 3D Printing Workshops with ALLAXIS 3D Printers at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Age 10-14 10 amnoon; age 15+ 1-3 pm. $50/person. Registration: 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/9 - USA Netball Association at Pompey Park Recreation Center, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Fast, skillful team game based on running, jumping, throwing, catching. Females age 6 & up. 2nd & 4th Sat 6-8 pm. Free. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/9-10 - Science Demonstrations at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Hear favorite scienceinspired stories. Age 5 & up. 3:30 pm. Free. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/9-10 - Presents & PJs Family Overnight at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Family-friendly event featuring animal encounters, cookie
H22 Tots & Teens Calendar decorating, nocturnal tour, marking ornaments. more. Includes pizza dinner & continental breakfast. Age 6+. 6:30 pm8:30 am. $40/member, $50/non-member. 533-0887 x 229; palmbeachzoo.org/familyovernights
Monday - 12/11 - Early Afternoon Explorers: After Dark Adaptations at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Age 6-9 1-2 pm; age 10-12 2-3 pm. $10/resident; $12.50/non-resident. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/11-13 - Youth Basketball League at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N Seacrest Blvd. Enjoy organized league play with friends, learn basketball basics. Age 5-7 every M through 3/12; Age 8-9 every T through 3/13; Age 10-14 every W through 3/14. Practice 6-7 pm Dec & Jan; games 6-8 pm Jan. $51/resident; $64/non-resident. 742-6550; boynton-beach.org 12/12 - Daggerwing Visits the Library: Snakes at Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave S, Boca Raton. Special program, live animal ambassadors. Age 5+. 3:30 pm. Free. RSVP: 482-4554; pbcnature. com 12/12 - Adobe Photoshop 2 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 12+. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca. us/957/Library 12/12 - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys part of Teen Book Club at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 13-17. 6:307:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/ Library 12/13 - Interactive Homeschool Classes at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Engaging, hands-on learning sessions. Fee includes admission to Science Center and class for one child and one adult. 11 am middle school; 1 pm K-Grade 2; 2:30 pm Grades 3-8. $10/member; $20/ non-member. 832-2026;sfsciencecenter.org Thursday - 12/14 - The Snow Queen at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Grades K-5. 11 am & 4 pm. $8/adult; $6/ child. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org 12/14 - Chess for Kids at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Learn about the pieces, how to set them up, move them, interrelate them, do check/checkmate moves. Age 4-12. Every Th through 1/4 4:30-5:30 pm. $95/resident; $119/non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/14 - Adobe Photoshop 3 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 12+. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; myboca. us/957/Library 12/14 - Create It @ Your Library at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Grades 6-12. 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library Friday - 12/15 - Friday Night at the Museum: Over the Hedge at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. A night out without your parents! Wear comfy clothes, hang out in the Explorium after hours, watch a movie, do a fun experiment. Age 7-12. 6-9:30 pm. $20/resident; $25/non-resident. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org Saturday - 12/16 - Piles of Smiles: Sugar Sand Park’s Snow Day at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Get on those gloves, mittens, hats; get
The COASTAL STAR ready for a super fun time playing in tons of snow. For kids age 5-12 only. 10 am-4 pm. $12/advance; $15/after 12/4. Adult free w/ paid child wristband, $5/additional adult. 347-3948; sugarsandpark.org 12/16 - Family Fun: Kadomatsu New Year’s Craft at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Make a fun daruma origami to celebrate the coming New Year. Noon-3 pm. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233 x237; morikami.org
10 am. $10/participant. Reservations: 6298760; pbcnature.com 12/22 - Playground Playdate at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Get info about upcoming programs, enjoy free kid’s activities. 11 am-12:30 pm. Free. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/22 - Happy Feet (PG) part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. All ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/22 - Kids Dance Party at Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave, Boynton Beach. Age 7-13. 5-7:30 pm. $5/person. 742-6641; boynton-beach.org Saturday - 12/23 - The Snow Queen (G) at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. 11 am & 2 pm. $8/ adult; $6/age 12 & under. 347-3948; willowtheatre.org
Sunday - 12/17 - Citizen Science Samplers at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. New hands-on science experience every month. Age 12-17; must be signed in/out by a parent/guardian. 9:30-11:30 am. Free. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/18 - Edible Science: Engineering the Perfect Gingerbread House at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Grades 6-12. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 7426390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/19 - Mother Nature & Me: Boardwalk Explorers at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Experience nature topics through stories, puppets, games, role play, nature walks, crafts. Age 2-5 w/guardian. 10:30 am. $4/ child. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature. com Tuesday - 12/19-24 - Family Fun: Nengajo New Year’s Card Making at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Held again 12/26-31. 10 am-5 pm. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/20 - Tween Explorers: Chocolate Party at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 9-12. 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; myboca.us/957/Library Thursday - 12/21 - 3D Printing Club at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 7 & up. 3rd Th 3:30 pm. Free. Registration: 266-0798; delraylibrary.org Friday - 12/22 - School’s Out Workshop - Fun Chefs Academy of Cooking at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Age 5-12. 8:30 am-1 pm. $65/ resident; $81.25/non-resident. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/22 - Winter Break Camp: Theatre Skits at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Singing, dancing, acting favorite songs from Frozen; experience theatre skits, games, dance routines, fashion show, arts & crafts, karaoke. Pizza party lunch included. Bring 2 snacks, a drink. Age 5-11. Held again 12/26 & 27. 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Per day $80/resident; $100/non-resident. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/22 - Kids Day In, Parents Day Out at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Enjoy Explorium activities, pizza, games. Age 5-12. 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $15/resident; $18.75/nonresident. Registration required in person by a legal guardian by 2 days prior: 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/22 - Intro to Orienteering at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Learn how to navigate using a map and compass. Participants practice the directional skills they learn on a fun, outside adventure course. Bring water bottle, sun protection, closed-toed shoes. Age 8+.
Tuesday - 12/26 - Coloring Club part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. All ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 1/2 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/26 - GEMS Club: Science of Light at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Empower young girls to explore STEM fields. Girls grades 3-8. High school girls can volunteer to be mentors. 5-7 pm. $7/advance, $9/at the door. Registration: 370-7710; sfsciencecenter.org/gem 12/26-27 - Friendship Table at Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Grades K-5. 1-4 pm. Free. 742-6380; boyntonlibrary.org 12/26-29 - Boca Jolly Days Junior Tennis Camp at Racquet Center, 21626 St Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton. Drills, match play, scoring, arts & crafts, swim break. Age 6-16. Held again 1/2-5. 9 am-3:30 pm. Full week $176/resident, $220/non-resident; daily $55/resident, $68.75/non-resident. 367-7095; theracquetcenter.org 12/26-29 - Ocean Adventure Sea Program at Red Reef Park, 1400 N.State Road A1A, & Silver Palm Park (F), 600 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. Held again 1/2-5. T-F. Age 5-15. 9 am-3 pm. $260/resident; $325/non-resident; daily $79/resident, $91/ non-resident. After care (3-5 pm) $20/day. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/26-29 - Boca Surf School at Red Reef Park, 1400 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton. Fun, safe and educational instruction to the sport of surfing. Age 5-15. 9 am-3 pm. $240/resident, $276/non-resident; daily $89/resident, $99/non-resident; after care (3-5 pm) $20/child per day. 393-7807; islandcamps.com 12/26-29 - Co-Ed Winter Basketball Camp presented by Taylored Athletes at Sugar Sand Park Field House, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Improve triple threat, dribble triple threat, NBA dribble moves, decision making. Age 5-16. Held again 1/2-5. 9 am-3 pm. $175/resident; $218.75/ non-resident; daily $45/resident, $56.25/ non-resident. 347-3950; tayloredathletes. com 12/26-29 Performing Arts Winter Break Camp: Hamilton: An American Musical at Showtime Performing Arts
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The Coastal Star, Ocean Ridge – Sept. 27
Mary Kate Leming, editor of The Coastal Star, has donated 45 copies of her children’s picture book, Rosie’s Song, to the Hope for the Future program. In partnership with the Delray Beach Public Library, the program collects new books to give to at-risk kids before the winter school holiday. The book drive runs until Dec. 22. New book donations will be accepted in Delray Beach at The Love Shack, The Snappy Turtle, American Heritage School and the Delray Beach Public Library. ABOVE: Hope Sargeant, book drive co-founder, accepts a book from Leming. Photo provided by Christian Strasz Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd #73, Boca Raton. Learn songs, scenes, choreography from Hamilton. Age 5 & up. Held again 1/25. Performances 12/29 & 1/5. T-F 9 am-3 pm. $280/week; extended care (8-9 am & 3-6 pm) $5/hour. Limited space: 394-2626; showtimeboca.com/camps 12/26-29 - Nature Crafts at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. All ages. 11 am-1 pm. $5/person age 3+. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/26-1/8 - Winter Fun Days at Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Ave, Boynton Beach. Field trips, arts & crafts, movies, active games. Choose the days you want. Bring lunch, snack. Age 5-12. 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Per day: $29/resident; $35/non-resident. 742-6221; boynton-beach.org 12/26-1 /8 - Holiday Break Camp at Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave, Boynton Beach. Field trips, crafts, games, sports. Age 5-12. M-F 7:30 am-5:30 pm. $180/resident; $225/non-resident. 7426444; boynton-beach.org 12/26-1/8 - Winter Fun Days at Art Center, 125 SE 2nd Ave, Boynton Beach. Field trips, arts & crafts, movies, active games. Choose the days you want. Bring lunch, snack. Age 5-12. 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Per day $29/resident; $35/non-resident. 742-6221; boynton-beach.org Wednesday - 12/27 - Muttville Comix (G) at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. 11 am & 2 pm. $18/adult; $12/child 12 & under. 3473948; willowtheatre.org 12/27 - Legos! part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. All ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 1 /3. 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/27-29 - Animal Adventure Day Camp at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Instructors teach young conservationists about the importance of caring for/protecting sea turtles, other marine life. Experience close encounters with resident sea turtles, visit a local nesting beach. Grades 3-5. 8:30 am-noon. Per day $25/member, $30/ non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org Thursday - 12/28 - Board Games part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. All ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 1/4 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/28 – Lego Club at Boynton Beach Library, 208 S Seacrest Blvd. Lego build challenge or free build. Grades K-6. 3-4 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary.org 12/28-29 - Pictures with Tilly! at Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Get your picture taken with Tilly the opossum. All ages. 11 am-noon. Admission: $5/person age 3+; $15/per picture. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org Friday - 12/29 - Frozen (PG) part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. All
ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/29 - Fantastic Flight Night At The Museum at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Science crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows, a chance to view the night sky. 6-9 pm. $12/adult; $10/senior; $8/child (3-12); $6/ adult member; free/child member & kids under 3. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org Saturday - 12/30 - Story & Craft Time at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Discover nature through crafts, stories about animals, other nature-related themes. Age 4-10. 10 am. $2. RSVP: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 12/30 - Noon Year’s Eve Party at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Ages 4 & under. Adult supervision required. 11 am & 1 pm. $10/resident, $12.50/nonresident. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org
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Sunday - 12/31 - Noon Year’s Eve at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Dance party, science crafts, popcorn, snow cones, dry apple cider toast at Noon. Family fare. 11 am-1 pm. Free w/pd admission. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org Tuesday - 1/2 - Playground Playdate at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Get info about upcoming programs, enjoy free kid’s activities. 11 am-12:30 pm. Free. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 1/2-5 - Winter Break Blast! at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Activities, experiments, games, more. Bring bag lunch. Grades 1-5. M-F 9 am-1 pm. Full week $107/resident, $134/ non-resident; per day $25/resident; $34.25/ non-resident. Registration: 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 1/2-6 - Camp: Winter Wonder-Cafe Murder at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Age 8-14. T-F, 9 am-5 pm. Final performance 11 am Sat in Stonzek Theatre. $240/ child. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org Wednesday - 1 /3 - Winter Children’s Fair at Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Age 2-12. 10 am-3 pm. $5/ride; $20/unlimited rides bracelet. 367-7035; myboca.us 1/3 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Book Club at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 3:30 pm. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary. org 1/5 - Ice Age (PG) part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. All ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary. org Saturday - 1/6 - smART: Wild & Wacky Abstracts at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Studio workshops for families/intergenerational groups focus on artistic fun to learn, create, enjoy the visual arts. 10-11 am. $5/family. Reservations: 392-2500 x106; bocamuseum.org
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The COASTAL STAR
Tots House & Teens of the Calendar Month H23 H17
House of the Month
An ocean-to-lake location with incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal, from sunrise to sunset.
Mediterranean masterpiece in Manalapan F
loor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous French doors provide panoramic oceanto-Intracoastal views and accent the dramatic and spacious open floor plan, all of it allowing the outdoors in. This eight-bedroom, ninebath home, with two half-baths, is a stately, shapely, three-level residence dotted with balconies and anchored by a dramatic stone stairway leading to the front entrance. Just completed in 2016, this home has been completely remodeled with a substantial addition that blends seamlessly with the existing home. Enter from the foyer past stately columns into the grand living room with vaulted ceiling, beautiful wrought-iron palladium French doors and take in the view either to the ocean or to the Intracoastal. The main level master suite has a paneled office within. The lower level is equipped with a media room, temperature-
A private beach house is ocean side with full bath, kitchenette, refrigerator, outdoor shower.
Even the kitchen has a great water view over the Intracoastal. controlled wine cellar, two guest bedrooms and a six-car, airconditioned garage. The expansive outdoor entertaining area on the Intracoastal side includes an 82-foot infinity edge pool and spa, BBQ and multiple seating areas as well as a dock that will accommodate a 75-foot +/- boat. The ocean side features the private beach house just steps from the beach. Additional amenities include Lutron lighting system, whole house sound system, hurricane
A paneled office offers the warmth of wood along with sparkling Intracoastal Waterway views. impact glass windows and doors. Gratis membership included to La Coquille Club at Eau Palm Beach.
Newly priced at $17,500,000. Call Bunny or Jack Elkins, The Fite Group, 101 N. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480. 561-373-2198, email@example.com.
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