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State Rep. Mike Caruso won the District 89 seat by a mere 32 votes. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
Caruso didn’t expect to sweat out win
Wright by the Sea has been sold for $25 million and will be leveled in January to make room for condos. Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star
to the murmur of the waves. “The landscaping was more lush when we came back,” he said, “but the beachfront was exactly what I remembered, the pool and beach hadn’t changed at all. You drive in and it’s like it’s 1958 again.” John and Camille Mills have been back every year since 2006, but they won’t be
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See CARUSO on page 14
End arrives after 68 years for seaside vacation haven
John Mills was only 5 years old in 1956, the first time his parents brought him to Wright by the Sea. They drove down from their home outside Indianapolis, stayed in one of the motel’s biggest rooms, down toward the dunes, and John would fall asleep at night with the windows open, listening to the murmur of the waves on Delray Beach.
They came every year until 1965. And then 40 years went by. “One day in 2005, I was thinking about that motel,” Mills remembered recently. “I figured it was probably condos by now, but when I went online, their website came up.” A year later, Mills returned to Wright by the Sea, back to Room 125, down by the dunes. He and his wife, Camille, sat on the patio, drinking wine and listening
By Steve Plunkett Lawsuits. Machine recounts. Protests. Overheated ballot machines. Manual recounts. November’s general election again had all the elements to push the state into the national spotlight. But while most people across the country focused on Florida’s U.S. Senate and governor’s contests, an even closer race was being decided in south Palm Beach County. In the end, Republican Mike Caruso defeated Democrat Jim Bonfiglio by a slim 32 votes out of 78,474 cast, but not before the totals went to automatic machine recount, a state-required hand recount and a successful effort by Bonfiglio to have the Florida House District 89 results tallied before those of the governor’s race. “I felt like I won twice,” Caruso said after leading Bonfiglio on
remembrance By Ron Hayes
Bonfiglio has no regrets about narrow defeat
More charges filed against man accused of stealing from slain widow By Rich Pollack
As Palm Beach County sheriff’s detectives continued investigating the financial records of Elizabeth “Betty” Cabral — the 85-year-old Highland Beach widow who was found murdered in April — they discovered that nearly $2 million more than originally suspected had
David Del Rio sits in court during a bail hearing related to charges he stole nearly $3 million from Betty Cabral of Highland Beach. The judge set bail at $463,000. Tim Stepien/ The Coastal Star
vanished from her life savings. As a result, county prosecutors last month filed 44 additional grand theft and exploitation of the elderly charges against David Del Rio, a financial adviser now charged with siphoning close to $3 million from Cabral’s bank accounts. See WIDOW on page 8
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Delray Beach has become a top draw for the racket game. Page AT1
Season of Light Our holiday gift guide shines a light on ideas for giving. Page H1
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Maltz Jupiter Theatre takes new approach to Disney musical. Page AT9
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Act of giving can be a gift to ourselves
he coming holidays have me contemplating the meaning of a gift. In searching for a definition, I turned to Merriam-Webster (of course). The dictionary’s first description calls a gift “a notable capacity, talent, or endowment.” I take this to mean something that is often already given; a type of privilege granted by birth, position or nurture. For example, although my family didn’t have a lot when I was young, I consider my parents’ push for education to be a gift that has returned ongoing rewards. I learned to read, to write and to share this gift with others. This was my parents’ legacy. I learned that not all endowments are trust funds. The dictionary’s second definition of gift is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.” I suppose the presents under the tree fall into this category. But so do acts of volunteering — of assistance or energy, skills
or talents. These are not easy gifts to give: They take time and effort, and might be outside of our comfort zone. But the rewards reaped prove over and over again that not all gifts arrive via Amazon Prime. And finally, Webster defines a gift as “the act, right, or power of giving.” This may be the most relevant to the season. It’s the act of giving that lifts us out of the self-absorption of day-to-day life and drives us to honor the wishes and dreams of others — friends, family and, yes, even strangers. So, as December begins and we brace for the holiday rush, my hope is to embrace both the power of giving and the graceful acceptance of gifts from others. I hope you’ll join me. What better way to celebrate the spirit of the season? Happy Holidays. — Mary Kate Leming, Editor
State press club honors The Coastal Star The Coastal Star racked up 10 awards — one first-place, four second-place and five third-place— at the 68th annual Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Florida Press Club. The awards were handed out at the Press Club’s annual banquet Nov. 3 in Mount Dora. The Coastal Star took home honors in the Class C and Class D divisions, which encompass daily, nondaily, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are also included in the class. The first-place award
went to Ron Hayes, writing/ environmental news. Second-place awards went to Cheryl Blackerby, writing/ environmental news; Ron Hayes, writing/minority reporting; Jerry Lower, photography/features; and Dan Moffett, writing/government news. Third-place awards went to Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley, writing/environmental news; Mary Hladky, writing/business writing; Willie Howard, writing/sports column; Arden Moore, writing/public safety reporting; and Rich Pollack, writing/government news.
Chiara Clark, president of the Parents Auxiliary at Gulf Stream School, has three children at the school: Finley, 10, Fletcher, 5, and Francesca, 8. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
Gulf Stream School parent casts wide net as community volunteer
By Rick Pollack Chiara Clark had just moved to Florida from Manhattan after she and her financier husband, Tom, had found the home of their dreams in tiny Gulf Stream. Knowing that her two daughters at the time would soon be going to Gulf Stream School, but not knowing where it was, Clark put the address into a GPS hoping to get an idea of how long it would take to get the kids from the kitchen to the classroom. She was shocked when it came back “too close to calculate” and discovered that the school was just a stone’s throw away. Before long, Clark as well as her children were making the short walk to campus often. The kids went to class and their mom became part of the school’s Parents Auxiliary — Gulf Stream’s version of a PTA. In fact, Clark went to her first auxiliary meeting just three days after moving to the area — with purple streaks of color in her hair — and was pleasantly surprised by what she saw. “It was my first sense that I was part of something that could benefit my children and my community as a whole,” said Clark, 41. “Everyone here reaches out. We don’t wait for you to come to us, we reach out for all kinds of things from play dates, dinners and volunteer opportunities — sometimes all three.” Clark became deeply involved in the Parents Auxiliary, working her way up the ladder and currently
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Send a note to email@example.com or call 337-1553. serving a second year as auxiliary president. While the school is her main focus, Clark is also active in the community as a whole, serving on several boards and taking the reins as chairwoman of several fundraising events, including the Laugh at the Library event in February. That event benefits the Delray Beach Public Library, where she is on the board. She is on the board of the Delray Beach Historical Society and chaired the recent Fall Festival. Clark was on the committee for the recent Women of Grace luncheon benefiting the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, is involved with Impact 100 Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition and the Magnolia Society, which benefits Bethesda’s Center for Women and Children. On Dec. 2, she planned to serve as a celebrity chef at Empty Bowls Delray Beach, benefiting the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Clark has a background as an event planner, having worked in that arena and as a publicist before moving to Florida. In whatever time she has left, she volunteers as a soccer coach for her children’s teams. “I love to be busy with
things that make me happy,” she said. “I make time to do all of this because it’s important to show my children the value of being community oriented.” The mother of three kids at Gulf Stream School — 10-year-old Finley, 8-year-old Francesca and Fletcher, 5 — Clark is frequently on campus helping to organize fundraising events and other activities. As auxiliary president she’s involved with more than 30 events throughout the year that support the school. She makes sure that all new parents are welcomed. The auxiliary also hosts Grandparents and Special Friends Day, as well as the Golf and Tennis Classic and the school’s annual auction, a major fundraiser. “We’re the social backbone of the school,” she said. “We give this school a feeling of family.” One of Clark’s most visible accomplishments at Gulf Stream School is a new playground for lower school kids. With input from Head of School Joe Zaluski as well as students, Clark led the team that raised $350,000 for the community-built playground. “I will walk away most proud of that,” she said. With three energetic children, a busy husband and a hectic volunteer schedule, you might think that Clark would look forward to taking a little break from community service once her term as auxiliary president is over at the end of the school year. That, however, would be a wrong assumption. “I can’t wait to do more,” she said. Ú
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By Steve Plunkett In two words, the state of the city of Boca Raton is “very strong,” Mayor Scott Singer says. “We have world-class services and low taxes and, most of all, nearly 100,000 people making this an unparalleled place to live, work, learn and play,” said Singer, who delivered his first State of the Singer City address since becoming mayor in April to the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations last month. High among the city’s accomplishments for the year that ended Sept. 30 were the opening of the U.S. Customs facility at the Boca Raton Airport, providing city-owned land for a new elementary school, and decreasing the time it takes to get a building permit from 31 to 21 days, Singer said. Fiscal 2018 also saw the opening of the Spanish River Boulevard interchange on Interstate 95 and the establishment of quiet zones for
the Brightline express railway, soon to be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA. Boca Raton’s guiding principles remain the same as they have been for years: to be financially sound, provide world-class services, have a strong partnership with the community and be vibrant and sustainable. In the coming year, city officials plan to develop a master plan for Boca Raton’s government campus, decide how to revitalize Dixie Highway and promote more art in public places. The city will collect $71.5 million in property taxes; it has 1,873 full-time employees and a AAA bond rating. While Boca Raton’s population is estimated at 98,150, about 250,000 are in the city on an average day, Singer said. Signature events for the city include college football’s Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, to be played Dec. 18 at Florida Atlantic University, golf’s Boca Raton Championship at the Broken Sound Club in February and the Festival of the Arts Boca, starting Feb. 28. Ú
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Letters to the Editor The 3 miles of Highland Beach’s beach has been allowed to become a trash dump of human garbage, a minefield of buried dangerous objects and an environment unfit for both humans and wildlife. Whenever the town and
Only manual cleaning will work for town beach
its attorney were asked about beach cleaning, the answer was virtually all the beach is private, but when asked about the entire town’s use of the beach it was virtually all public. The town has used this philosophy for years to get out of spending any
money for beach cleaning. Some individual beachfront property owners have hired tractor cleaning companies while others have done nothing or very little to maintain both their private property and the state-owned beach.
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The tractor companies sign a five-page beach cleaning field permit with the Department of Environmental Protection to operate on the beach, stating that they remove everything down to a cigarette butt. Some of the DEP requirements in the permit are: removal of all accumulated debris from the beach after cleaning; no burial or storage of debris seaward of any frontal dune; no ruts formed on the beach; 10-foot clearance of dune vegetation by equipment; no more than 2 inches penetration into the beach surface; and no blades used. There are additional regulations for turtle season. The town is working on an ordinance to mirror these regulations, since it has neglected providing any control to date. DEP issues these permits with little oversight and no enforcement. The tractor companies sign the DEP beach cleaning permit,
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advertise the work and bill their customers for beach cleaning — while never cleaning anything, other than picking up items the size of a log or pallet that are too big to bury. It is impossible for them to comply with any of the above permit requirements since the town has not provided contractors or residents any vehicle beach access. All the above rules are impossible to perform and make the beach look like it has been cleaned by raking and burying. They are in violation of the DEP regulations every minute they are on the beach and now will be in violation of the town’s new ordinance. Since nearly all of the debris lands on the state portion of the beach before it is dragged up into the soft private property sand by the tractors, or eventually washed or blown up on private property, the town should be responsible for properly maintaining the state (public) portion of the beach. The only way to have a clean, healthy, environmentally safe and natural beach is by manual removal of the man-made trash, leaving the weed line — “an important food source for beach and near-shore food chains,” according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Robert Patek Highland Beach
Plastic-laden seaweed should be removed
Many of us who live on the beach in Highland Beach are frustrated with the tractors’ beach “cleanup.” The trash and massive amount of seaweed is churned and buried — and with it all the plastic tangled up in it, from old, barnacled shoes to plastic forks and knives, plastic bottles and styrofoam. Our beach has gone from having beautiful pristine white sand to having seaweed-withplastic sand. Not comfortable to walk on barefoot, unhealthy, not pretty and very smelly, too. We spend all our time gathering the trash that’s merely been hidden just under the surface. The beach trash-removing companies should do what snow-removal companies do in the North with the snow: They cart it away and dump it at a central location off-site — in this case dump the plastic-laden seaweed in the landfill. It’s as good as trash, unfortunately. I really hope the town can resolve this to our residents’ satisfaction. We would like to get our beautiful, clean beaches back and stop being surrogate trash removers ourselves, cleaning up what the hired companies bury or leave behind. Kiri Borg Highland Beach
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Continued from page 1 During the November bond hearing for Del Rio, who has not been charged in connection with the homicide, prosecutors revealed that the killer cut Cabral’s throat while she slept. So far, no arrests have been made in the homicide and the investigation continues. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley set bail at $463,000 for what are now 72 counts against Del Rio. He will remain in county jail until defense attorneys can prove that any money he might use to post bail wasn’t obtained through unauthorized withdrawals from Cabral’s accounts. During the hearing, prosecutors argued that Del Rio, 35, befriended Cabral and her husband, William, and took advantage of their trust to siphon money from their bank accounts. “What he was doing was using his relationship with that couple to steal their life savings,” Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes told Kelley. “He spent hours and hours a day so he could exploit them.” Del Rio has been in custody since his arrest in mid-September, when he was charged with multiple counts of grand theft, exploitation of the elderly, money laundering and fraudulent use of personal identification information. The additional charges stem from new information investigators found in looking at financial records going back to 2013.
TOP: Relatives of Betty Cabral of Highland Beach listen during a bail hearing for David Del Rio, who is charged with stealing nearly $3 million from Cabral before she was slain. ABOVE: Family members and friends of Del Rio react during the hearing. Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star Investigators have said in court documents they think Del Rio fraudulently changed the will of Betty and William Cabral, making himself the sole beneficiary of the estate.
William Cabral died in April 2017 at 88. Fernandes and prosecutor Aleathea McRoberts focused their arguments during the Nov. 5 bail hearing on convincing
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Kelley that Del Rio was a danger to the community and should have bail set at $1 million. Del Rio’s attorneys asked the judge to set bail between $75,000 and $125,000, claiming Del Rio was neither a flight risk nor someone about whom the community should be concerned. Defense attorney Michael Salnick presented several witnesses who said Del Rio was a good man and someone Betty Cabral thought of as a son. “As a friend it’s hard for me to believe all this,” testified Nick Simpson, who knows Del Rio through their church. “The charges that are being thrown at him are so far outside what I know David to be.” Salnick argued that Del Rio has known since May that he was under investigation but did not try to flee, instead staying at home in Lehigh Acres in Lee County on Florida’s west coast with his wife and four children. Prosecutors, however, argued that Del Rio would have good reason to flee because of the volume of charges against him. “He’s facing the potential of life in prison for the crimes he committed,” Fernandes said. In setting the requirements associated with bail that included house arrest for Del Rio and a prohibition against his contacting any members of the Cabral family, Kelley ordered that Del Rio remain in custody under a hold by prosecutors while attorneys sort out where Del Rio would get the money for bail. Salnick said he is working toward meeting the state’s requirement that money for
bond will not come from illgotten gains in order to facilitate Del Rio’s release. Several friends and family members said they would lend money to Del Rio to help him make bail, but that amounted to less than $15,000. Relatives of Betty and William Cabral were also called on to testify, with one greatniece saying Betty Cabral was concerned that her money was disappearing. During her testimony, Maureen Forte said her aunt wept while calling her early this year because Del Rio told her she no longer had enough money to pay for home health care. Forte reached out to Del Rio asking for a financial accounting of expenses but never heard back, which she said was unusual. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Drake testified that investigators think Del Rio used money taken from the Cabrals to buy expensive cars and to make home improvements. He said Del Rio purchased two Audi vehicles, a Porsche, a recreational vehicle, two motorcycles, a smart car and a Chevy Silverado for a friend all in one year. In looking at financial records, detectives could not find evidence that Del Rio used any money from Cabral’s accounts to pay her bills. “I never found one penny that was paid from Del Rio’s account to care for the Cabrals,” Drake said. Ú
Highland Beach By Rich Pollack
Public can weigh in on A1A improvements study
Could Highland Beach have designated bike lanes and lighted crosswalks along State Road A1A in the not-toodistant future? Would it be possible and financially feasible to have underground utility lines instead of unsightly power poles and wires along the roadway, as well as improved drainage facilities to minimize street flooding? These questions and many more related to improvements along A1A are expected to be addressed in a $147,000 “Complete Streets” study the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council is conducting for the town. Focused on providing design plans for a multitude of improvements along the roadway as well as cost estimates, the study is being fast-tracked to meet several deadlines. Commissioners and representatives from the planning council are hoping to have enough information available in time to bring
plans before voters in March during the municipal elections and in time to commit to improvements by a mid-March state deadline. This month, residents will have a chance to hear more about the project — and have some say in how it is developed — during a public design workshop set for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Highland Beach Public Library. “This is an opportunity for the community to address many of the issues residents have expressed concerns about through public forums,” Town Manager Marshall Labadie said. “Those include crosswalks, flooding, sidewalk improvements and bike lanes.” The workshop will include an opening presentation, a discussion of opportunities and challenges and “table sessions” with facilitators designed to generate ideas, according to a proposal Kim DeLaney, director of strategic development and policy for the planning council, presented to the town. “We’re asking people to sit at a table and tell us how they
want the corridor to look,” DeLaney said during one of several presentations she made to town commissioners. The driving force behind the discussion of major improvements to A1A throughout the town is a Florida Department of Transportation “Three R” project that essentially includes repaving the roadway through the 3 miles of Highland Beach. A five-year process, the project includes refurbishing, replacement and repair along A1A and is an opportunity for the town to ask for any improvements residents would like to see along the roadway. Because the state has overall authority for the roadway and final say for any improvements, any plans presented by the town would require FDOT approval. In the past, the state has been slow to grant the town permission to make changes, especially in the area of crosswalk improvements, but Labadie said he recently met with Gerry O’Reilly, who oversees the region for FDOT, and came away optimistic. “They were not only very
welcoming to us, but they were also welcoming to the ideas we were presenting,” Labadie said. Labadie said the town hopes to implement some interim crosswalk improvements, including improved signage and possible pedestrian-activated signals. “FDOT said they are willing to work with us,” he said. How much of the funding for the overall improvements for the project will come from the state and how much will come from the town is still to be worked out, but should residents approve all or part of the project, chances are they will see an impact on their municipal taxes, Labadie said. He said the town will probably need to borrow money to implement the improvements and that it is exploring financing options. “At the end of the day, it will likely cost residents,” he said. DeLaney said that through the study, her organization will present the town with costs of individual items and present the Town Commission with “a range of options.” How the project will be
presented to residents in the referendum is still up in the air, but Labadie said the commission appears to be willing to break the overall project into logical categories, which are likely to be the streetscape project, drainage improvements and underground utilities. Although commissioners have shown support for developing plans, some want to be sure the town is following the wishes of its residents and is being fiscally responsible. “This really depends on what the town wants,” Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman said. “The worst-case scenario is that we can’t come to a consensus as a community and everything goes to hell in a handbasket.” Commissioner Elyse Riesa said she is concerned that the overall project could be a drain on town finances. “I’m not in favor of going into debt to where we don’t have funds to do anything but work on the road,” she said. “If we do, we might as well be known as Highland Road instead of Highland Beach.” Ú
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In other business: • Commissioners gave unanimous final approval to a six-month moratorium on construction projects in the town’s southern end. The moratorium affects about 30 property owners with land on both sides of State Road A1A. The commission wants to use the timeout to allow the Planning and Zoning Board to review building rules — particularly those that restrict the size and use of beach houses and cabanas along the ocean.
Commissioners requested the review after approving a new cabana request in September on property owned by Jeffrey Lee. That property already has a beach house at 3070 S. Ocean Blvd. • Efforts to expand the town’s Police Department have gotten a boost from the commission’s approval of a defined benefits retirement fund for employees. Chief Carmen Mattox said the town is receiving more applications for openings from candidates who are better qualified because the pension plan is more desirable. “We used to have to chase people,” Waters said. “Now they chase us.” Ú
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The Manalapan Town Commission and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa are teaming to lawyer up against a planned beach stabilization project that would install seven concrete groins along the oceanfront in South Palm Beach. Mayor Keith Waters and the commissioners have repeatedly expressed their opposition to the project, saying it would disrupt the natural flow of sand southward and damage Manalapan’s beaches. Now they’re preparing to make their case in court, if necessary. Representatives of the Eau have complained about the potential environmental damage and the negative impact on guests during tourist season, when construction would have to be done to avoid turtle-nesting season. Working together, the commission and the resort can share legal expenses, the mayor said. “At the end of the day, we need to fight to protect the asset we have and we need to do it collectively,” Waters said during the Nov. 13 town meeting. “We need to fight the fight we need to fight.” Waters and the commissioners say they would prefer not to litigate, but think the project’s sponsors, Palm Beach County and South Palm Beach, have shown no signs of reversing course. “If they’re looking for a fight,” said Commissioner Jack Doyle, “they’ve found one.” Some 13 years in the making, the stabilization plan calls for installing seven groins on the beaches from South Palm’s northern line to Lantana Municipal Beach. The county has committed to paying 30 percent of the $6 million project with tourism tax revenue, and South Palm is to cover 20 percent. The state has pledged to pay the other 50 percent. County environmental managers, who are overseeing the project, say it is in the final stages of review to obtain a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection. A target date for starting construction in November 2019 remains possible, though unlikely. Manalapan and the Eau intend to hire the West Palm Beach law firm of Foley & Lardner to argue their objections. Town Manager Linda Stumpf said legal fees could run between $525 and $740 an hour. Waters said he wants to solicit support from the town’s southern neighbors, Ocean Ridge and Gulf Stream, which also have expressed
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South Palm Beach gains chief but loses manager By Dan Moffett
Piles of scrap steel and aluminum lie in the parking lot that used to serve the Boynton Beach City Hall and police station. Open since 1958, the City Hall was the last public building to be razed to make way for the Town Square redevelopment project. On the first day of its demolition, the city held a watch party Nov. 15 at the historic Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. Town Square, a public-private partnership, will create a downtown for Boynton Beach with new civic buildings: combination library and City Hall in a 4-story building, Fire Station No. 1, amphitheater and parking garages. The estimated completion dates are in late 2019. The historic high school, which sits next to the Children’s Museum, is undergoing renovation that will enable it to host events on the top floor that can seat up to 500 and recreation classes on the bottom floor. The city’s share of Town Square will cost about $118 million. Demolition began in September when the Civic Center was bulldozed. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
For the fourth time in as many years, South Palm Beach is beginning a search to find a town manager. But another search just ended before it started. The Town Council thinks it has found the police chief it’s been looking for. And it turns out he’s been wearing a uniform in the town for the last 17 years. After some emotional debate in a room packed with residents and uniformed officers on Nov. 13, council members voted 3-2 to give the open chief’s job to Sgt. Mark Garrison, the department’s longest-serving member. He held the top position on an interim basis since Carl Webb stepped down in January. “We’ve had Mark for 10 months and he’s done a great job,” Councilman Bill LeRoy said in pushing for Garrison’s promotion. “We’ve had no problems with Mark. … I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t have the job.” LeRoy, with the vocal support of the sergeant’s backers, succeeded in persuading Mayor Bonnie Fischer and Vice Mayor Robert Gottlieb to vote for Garrison’s approval. Councilwomen Stella Gaddy Jordan and Elvadianne Culbertson voted no. The applause and congratulations for Garrison had barely subsided when the council accepted the resignation of Town Manager Mo Thornton, who is retiring Thornton in December after 11 months in the position. “It came out of the blue,” said Fischer, who found out about Thornton’s decision only days before the meeting. The last two managers, Jim Pascale and Bob Vitas, were forced out of the job after disputes with the council. Pascale lasted six months and Vitas just under two years. Council members said they were pleased with Thornton’s work, but she said the direction of her life changed and it was time to go. “Things came together in my life that allowed me an opportunity that I felt I just had to take,” she said. “I want to leave the town in a better place than when I found it. We’ll leave everything in as good shape as we can.” The council directed Town Attorney Glen Torcivia to develop a list of candidates to replace Thornton temporarily and bring it for discussion to the Dec. 11 meeting. Torcivia said it’s likely that finding and hiring a permanent replacement would take at least several months. To help fill the administrative
Chief Mark Garrison void at Town Hall, the council unanimously approved promoting Town Clerk Yude Alvarez to assistant to the town manager and raised her annual salary about $4,000 to $56,425.
Hiring process criticized
Garrison had ample support in the room during the council’s deliberation. Representatives from the police union and Lantana Police Department spoke on his behalf, as did a half-dozen residents. Seven members of the South Palm force were there to congratulate him. Also there was Robert Rizzotto, who was a commander in the department under Webb until moving out of state two years ago. Rizzotto also had applied for the chief’s job. Jordan and Culbertson praised Garrison’s performance but each cited reservations. Jordan said Garrison needed more experience and more training. Culbertson was troubled by the process, or lack of it. The town received dozens of applications for chief but the council reviewed none of them and held no interviews. “What we’re failing to understand is the process going from 31 candidates to one candidate and that had no involvement with the council,” Culbertson said. “By law, the screening of applicants in the decision-making process needs to be done in public. This did not happen.” At first, Gottlieb proposed postponing a decision but then changed his position after hearing comments from the public. Some council members said they should wait until the new town manager is in place to weigh in on the chief’s hiring. Fischer said early on she was “concerned that Mark is not quite ready” for the job, but wound up casting the deciding vote for his approval. Thornton was an enthusiastic supporter of Garrison. “I wanted to give Mark the opportunity to succeed and he has been succeeding,” she said. “He’s stepped up and done everything that’s been asked of him.” Garrison said he’s learned a lot about running a department since taking over. “I’ve had a lot of experience in the last year,” he said. “I’ve grown a lot.” Ú
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Camino Square will include a pair of eight-story buildings with a total of 350 units. Rendering provided
Major project OK’d despite Camino Real traffic woes By Mary Hladky A major residential and retail project that would rise in a blighted area on the southwest edge of downtown has Planning and Zoning Board support despite opposition from nearby residents who argue the development is too big and will worsen already clogged traffic on Camino Real. The planning board voted 4-1 on Nov. 8 to recommend that the Boca Raton City Council approve Camino Square on a 9-acre shopping center site at 171 W. Camino Real, where a Winn-Dixie operated for years before closing in 2010. The Community Appearance Board earlier recommended approval 6-0. The first phase of the project would include two, eight-story luxury apartment buildings with a total of 350 units and two parking garages on the eastern portion of the site, just west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The second phase on the western portion would have two retail buildings that would be visible from Camino Real and surface parking. The developer is FCI Residential Corp., a real estate subsidiary of sugar producer Florida Crystals Corp. After the planning board unanimously rejected the project in January, FCI made numerous changes to its plans. City staffers acknowledged that the project is much improved, but even so recommended against approval. They want the apartment buildings constructed on the northern portion of the property near existing residential and improvements to internal driveways to make them more pedestrian-friendly. But the staff’s biggest concern was that the development will worsen already bad traffic congestion on Camino Real. FCI attorney Ele Zachariades said Camino Square would enhance the city. “There is one parcel in the downtown that is still blighted,” she said. “We would like to be good neighbors and clean up this area.” FCI has addressed many of the previous objections and now the project is in full compliance with city rules, she said. The developer does not want
to move the apartments to the northern portion of the site because it makes more sense to build the parking garages along the FEC tracks to act as a sound buffer and the residential buildings west of them. The developer’s traffic consultant said the project would add 565 net daily trips to streets, but would not worsen congestion. Many residents at the meeting said they welcomed redevelopment of the blighted area. Even so, only two, including a representative of major downtown landowner Investments Limited, spoke in favor of Camino Square. J. Albert Johnson, president of the 2,400-member Camino Gardens Association, said the city has not kept its promise to upgrade traffic infrastructure. As a result, the project “will create a nightmare,” he said. “It will create absolute chaos.” Many other speakers agreed, and a number said the city needs to improve traffic infrastructure before allowing new development in the area. “We are being overwhelmed by traffic,” said Camino Gardens resident Gertrude Lewis. When board member Larry Snowden asked whether the city is working to resolve existing traffic problems on Camino Real, city traffic engineer Maria Tejera said there are no plans to do so. He also asked if the developer was willing to decrease the number of rental units to lessen the project’s impact on traffic. Zachariades said FCI would not. Downtown development ordinances allow FCI to build taller buildings with more units than those proposed, but the developer chose not to do so to avoid creating too much density, she said. Board member Rick Coffin said Camino Square is a good project, but the developer is at a disadvantage because the city has not addressed traffic issues. “I am voting in favor of [Camino Square] to put more pressure on the city to live up to their obligations,” he said. The planning board imposed one condition in granting approval: FCI will have to add a southbound left-turn lane at the intersection of Southwest Third Avenue and West Camino Real to improve road safety and traffic flow. Ú
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Boca Raton, Delray cases put state’s property rights law in spotlight Harris Act spurs settlement, but it’s tough on cities By Noreen Marcus Having just won his battle against Boca Raton to build Concierge, a high-end assisted living facility, landowner Robert Buehl gave a verbal thumbs up to the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act. “The Harris Act is a wonderful tool,” Buehl said a few days after the Nov. 13 settlement. “It shouldn’t have to be used, but if a municipality forces your hand, then it’s a wonderful tool to have.” Under the Harris statute, a landowner whose property is “inordinately burdened” by a government action can sue for compensation. Once a claim is filed, there’s a 150-day window to settle or mediate it to conclusion; failing that, the owner must prove how much the government’s action is costing him or her to reach a damage figure. Buehl never actually filed a Harris claim, but he had threatened a $100 million lawsuit in August, when the
Boca Raton City Council rejected his $75 million downtown project. Pre-filing negotiations led Buehl and developer Group P6 to agree to pare down the number of units in Concierge. They have plenty of company in using the Harris law as a strategic warning shot, or at times a courtroom weapon. Also targeting the Boca council, Crocker Partners has a pending $137.6 million Harris claim over its proposed live-work-play Midtown project. Crocker’s planning partner, Cypress Realty of Florida, has filed its own suit alleging the city is slow-walking its development efforts. And Delray Beach has a pending Harris case. Old School Bakery owner Billy Himmelrich is challenging the city’s height restriction for a commercial stretch of East Atlantic Avenue. Just as landowners are attracted to the Harris strategy, cities seem to be repelled by it. “As far as cities go, it’s a challenging law,” said Lynn Gelin, the interim Delray city attorney who has filed a motion to dismiss the Himmelrich lawsuit. She said a city is allowed to change its development plans, and that Harris burdens a city with having to notify landowners about those changes
— or, the law gives them “the opportunity to seek redress in the form of damages.” Max Lohman, the previous Delray city attorney, said he has handled only three Harris claims during his 15 years as a municipal lawyer. “They don’t come up very often,” he said. “Most people realize the folly in trying to bring suits for something that’s hard to quantify,” Lohman said. He was referring to exactly how much a government action has reduced a property’s value. That can’t be what Bert Harris had in mind. Harris, who turns 99 this month, was known as a property rights champion during his 14 years in the Florida Legislature. In 1995, just before the Lake Placid citrus farmer left the House, his colleagues passed his namesake law. Robert Rhodes, counsel to Foley & Lardner in Jacksonville, remembers that period well. The longtime real estate attorney helped write the Harris law as executive director of the first Florida governor’s study commission on property rights. Legislators were hearing sad stories about property setbacks and height restrictions, he said. “Any type of land use regulation can be taken to an extreme, and that’s what they were concerned
about.” Eminent domain protections didn’t help because they focus on government “takings,” meaning actions that wipe out a property’s value to its owner. “So the gap was, what about a situation where the government takes a good chunk of value away, not all of your value?” Rhodes asked. “Should that be compensable for the property owner? That was the policy issue and that’s what generated the Harris Act.” One important goal was to encourage settlement, Rhodes said. “It’s fair to say litigation is really the last resort in the Harris Act because it provides so many opportunities for the parties to get together to resolve their differences.” He noted companion legislation that created an informal, land use dispute-resolution mechanism involving a special master. How far the Harris law should reach has incited extensive discussion and some litigation over the past 23 years. “Florida courts still grapple with its interpretation,” Anthony De Yurre of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami wrote in the National Law Review earlier this year. He extolled a March 2018 decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal that protected an Indian River landowner’s
interest in building a cement plant after rezoning scuttled that plan. The owner had a “reasonable investment-backed expectation” that had been stymied by a board of county commissioners, De Yurre wrote. The Harris statute has been amended three times: in 2008, 2011 and 2015. Also in 2015, Rhodes won a case in the Florida Supreme Court that reinforced the Legislature’s call to put the brakes on overextending the law. It could not be applied to property that’s adjacent to land “inordinately burdened” by government action, the court ruled. “The argument could be made about adjacency and even beyond adjacency,” Rhodes said. If Harris covered neighboring land, why not land that’s two blocks away? “People were talking about that possibility, in the property rights realm and those who are familiar with the act.” The Legislature and the Supreme Court said no that time. But Rhodes said he wouldn’t be surprised if land use lawyers who represent owners and developers devise some other way to extend the Harris law. “Lawyers can be creative,” he said with a laugh. Ú
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Both sides declare victory in retirement home settlement
have the court quash the city’s denial of the project. The developer also noted that it is the city’s obligation, not the property owner’s, to provide fire-rescue services. The American Seniors Housing Association filed an amicus brief in support of Group P6 in October, saying the project denial “represents an unlawful discriminatory bias against seniors with disabilities and the providers of care and services that seek to meet their needs.”
By Mary Hladky
Bowing to strong push-back by a developer who contended the Boca Raton City Council improperly rejected its proposed luxury adult living facility, council members have sharply reversed course and approved the downtown project. The council, sitting also as Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners, quickly approved settling a lawsuit filed by Group P6, and then immediately approved its Concierge project unanimously on Nov. 13. Group P6 gave up some ground in the settlement by reducing the number of living units from 110 to 88 and the number of parking spaces from 127 to 106. But the deal also required the council members to approve the Concierge if they wanted to settle the case. It also removed the threat posed to the city by project landowner Robert Buehl, who had announced that he would file a Bert Harris Act lawsuit against the city seeking as much as $100 million in damages. That suit now won’t be filed. The city did not admit that it had acted wrongly when it voted 3-1 to deny the Concierge on July 23. Two council members cast the settlement and project approval as the developer and landowner responding to council concerns rather than a hasty retreat from a decision that posed a financial risk to the city. “So take note any potential litigants to the city of Boca Raton,” said Mayor Scott Singer. “The path to victory is not the mere filing of litigation. Significant response to council concerns is what I think you are seeing here today.” After the meeting, Group P6 co-owner Ignacio Diaz said the reduction in living units will not hurt the project and will allow him to increase the size of some units. “This is the optimal mix [of units]. We think it will be more in line with what the market is,” Diaz said after the meeting. “It is a win-win for us and the city.” Buehl said in an email that he remains “extremely excited” about Concierge, which he said meets a social need in the city. “I am pleased that the city decided to do the right thing but find it unfortunate we had to force their hand,” he said. The developer and landowner will build the $75 million senior living facility at 22 SE Sixth St., and will have 26 assisted living and 42 independent living units as well as 20 memory care units. Construction is expected to begin at the end of next year.
Other lawsuits remain
The Concierge adult living facility has received city approval and will have 88 residential units at 22 SE Sixth St. in Boca Raton. Rendering provided Amenities will include a rooftop pool, summer kitchen and lounge, yoga and music areas, wine bar and bistro, full-service restaurant, theater, salon, spa and gym. The council’s July rejection was unexpected because the project was not controversial. Group P6 has a reputation for following the city’s development rules, its previous condo projects were easily approved, city staff recommended approval of the Concierge, and the City Council unanimously supported a separate downtown luxury ALF last year. But some council members expressed concerns that the facility would overburden the city’s fire-rescue services and lacked adequate parking.
Council members Andrea O’Rourke and Monica Mayotte questioned whether another ALF was a good fit for the downtown. Speaking of the city’s vision of a vibrant downtown, O’Rourke said she was not sure how much the Concierge’s residents would be engaged in the community since the Concierge would provide many services. “I’m not against ALFs in our city,” Mayotte said. “I’m just not sure that the downtown is the right location for them. Other places within our city limits are probably more applicable for these types of residents and I just wanted to make that clear.” Mayotte and O’Rourke suggested the city may need to create a way for ALF developers to pay for the
increased cost of providing ambulance service. Group P6 said its ALF would not result in significantly more firerescue calls. City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser said there are legal impediments to levying a special assessment only for increased demand for a service. In his August announcement that he planned to file a lawsuit, Buehl highlighted council member comments about the elderly. “The statements made by elected officials regarding our city’s elderly residents were absolutely discriminatory and shameful,” Buehl said at the time. Group P6 echoed Buehl’s age discrimination claim in its August lawsuit that sought to
The city has another contentious developmentrelated legal headache. Developer and landowner Crocker Partners sued the city in May, seeking to have a judge compel the city to write land development regulations for the Midtown area and to rule that the City Council’s January delay in adopting them, and instead voting to develop a “small area plan” for Midtown, are illegal. Crocker Partners filed a Bert Harris Act lawsuit against the city in October, seeking $137.6 million in damages on grounds that the city has failed to adopt the regulations. Cypress Realty of Florida, a landowner that partnered with Crocker Partners on Midtown planning, also went to court in October, saying in its lawsuit that the city has been “stonewalling” its efforts to develop 10.2 acres. Crocker Partners and other landowners originally wanted to redevelop 300 acres east of the Town Center mall. But without land development regulations, that plan has died. In the Concierge case, neither side admitted fault or liability, and each will pay its own attorney’s fees and costs. Ú
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Mike Caruso (in tie) celebrates with (l-r) his campaign manager Auston Molina, strategist Blake MacDiarmid, attorney Robert Fernandez and staffer Nick Cannon after Susan Bucher, county supervisor of elections, declared him the winner in state House District 89. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
Continued from page 1 election night by 37 votes only to see his lead shrink slightly in the following days. “It was very stressful,” Caruso said. “I’ve never been charged with murder or anything like that, but it felt like I was waiting for a verdict from the jury. It was a tough process.” Caruso’s 50.02 percent winning total was narrower than those for U.S. Sen.-elect Rick Scott (50.05) and new state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (50.04). “A win’s a win,” said Caruso, a CPA from Delray Beach. Bonfiglio, a lawyer who resigned as mayor of Ocean Ridge to run, said he has “no regrets” over how he conducted his campaign and that his 32-vote deficit was a Bonfiglio strong showing for a Democrat in a typically Republican-leaning district,
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which stretches from Boca Raton to Singer Island. “Obviously my message resonated well,” Bonfiglio said, citing his calls for raising teacher pay, expanding Medicaid and protecting women’s rights. “The process worked,” Bonfiglio said. “The point is, every vote matters. That is
the essence of representative democracy.” Caruso said he was shocked that the results were so close. “We knocked on 29,000 doors, we made 9,000 phone calls, we won the sign war 1,000 to one,” Caruso said. “I thought I had outworked my opponent by far.” But he did not foresee
the enthusiasm generated by Democrats for their gubernatorial candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost to Ron DeSantis. “I can’t control the Gillum wave of excitement,” Caruso said. One of the first issues Caruso plans to tackle at the state
Capitol is fixing problems he saw in his election. “I understand why people stand out in front of these [elections] offices and protest,” Caruso said. “We’ll be trying to revamp the system so we don’t have this debacle every two years.” Even though he won, Caruso said candidates and voters deserve a better process. “When I see ballots being transferred by staff without supervision, making decisions on voter intent without the canvassing board reviewing them, in the back of the warehouse, it’s alarming,” Caruso said. “It breeds contempt by the public.” Bonfiglio said he will “keep an eye on” the Legislature to make sure the issues that got him almost 40,000 total votes are addressed. “Right now I’m sitting back enjoying my life and not having to run around campaigning,” he said. Bonfiglio said voters might consider amending the state constitution to change the swearing-in date of legislators and give election offices more time to count ballots. “There’s no real need to swear in representatives on Nov. 20,” he said. Andy Thomson, who won his seat on the Boca Raton City Council in August, also by a 32vote margin, empathized with Caruso’s having to wait out a recount. “It’s territory that I’m very familiar with,” Thomson said. Thomson trailed rival Kathy Cottrell by about 200 votes most of that Election Night; the margin narrowed to 37 votes, then shortly after midnight he was three votes ahead. He said nobody remembers that after three days of “nerve-racking” recounts, he won by 32 votes. “They all remember the three,” Thomson said. “I cannot tell you the number of people who said, ‘I saw that you won by three and I came, I dragged my college-age daughter out to vote, she wasn’t going to vote otherwise, so me, my husband and her gave you the three-vote margin.’” Thomson said he’s never had the heart to tell people his true margin. “You know what, they’re right. You take those three, and you add another three and you add another three, and all the people who combined to say that my household was the three-vote margin, they added up to 32 votes,” he said. Thomson said close elections like his and Caruso’s convince people that their vote matters. “A number of people have said that ‘You, Andy, and your election was like a civics lesson for my kids or my class or the young people who had disengaged,’” Thomson said. “Because to them, that election reflected the fact that every vote does matter, and that never, ever think that your vote won’t make a difference because it can, and in my case did.” Ú
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RIGHT: John and Camille Mills’ thank-you note is one of many that hung in the office of Wright by the Sea before it closed Nov. 25. BELOW: Dodie Vela’s favorite snapshot from when she was a child at Wright by the Sea. BOTTOM: Pelicans soar over the grounds, which have palm trees that the Wright family planted years ago.
Continued from page 1 back next year, and neither will any of the motel’s other 8,000 annual guests. The old familiar faces who used to book a year in advance to make sure they’d get the same room again won’t be here next year, and neither will Wright by the Sea. Sometime in early January, bulldozers from U.S. Construction Inc. will mow down that grand seaside landmark at 1901 S. Ocean Blvd., and take 2 more acres of Old Delray Beach with it. To make way for condos. nnn “We were being taxed out of business,” says Dorothy Gay Wright Vela, whose nickname is GiGi. “The property taxes were a quarter of a million, and then there’s the 10 percent bed tax.” an apple farm at home in And so, on Oct. 1, the Wright family sold the motel they’ve owned for 68 years suburban Bloomfield Hills. to National Realty Investment Advisors for Dr. Wright began $25 million, or $862,069 for each of its 29 bringing his family to Fort rooms. Lauderdale in the 1930s, GiGi Vela is 83 now, but she was only and some weeks he’d drive 11 in 1946 when her father, Russell M. north to have Sunday Wright Wright, bought those 2 acres on coastal dinner at The Colony Hotel Delray Beach. on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. “He loved maps,” his daughter recalls, GiGi’s daughter, Dorothea Vela, whom “and one day he realized that Delray was everybody calls Dodie, wasn’t born until only three miles from the Gulf Stream.” her grandfather’s motel was already 16 In 1946, two of those coastal acres years old. “Logic says we had to sell, but nobody became his. in the family wanted this,” Dodie Vela “He bought a jungle!” GiGi Vela exclaims. “You couldn’t walk through it. adds. “We’re grieving, too.” On this glorious November afternoon, He had to take a boat ride from Atlantic both mother and daughter are sitting in Avenue to see the beach.” Four years later, in 1950, that jungle Room 127, overlooking the motel’s lush green lawn and the pool with those bright had brought forth the original motel of 14 blue umbrellas and gleaming white lounge rooms along South Ocean Boulevard. In those days, Wright by the Sea was as chairs — to reminisce. What were the early days like here? much a winter vacation home as a motel. How has the motel changed through its 68 There were rooms to rent, but only during years? Who’s worked here longest? Who the winter months, and the guests were were your most unforgettable guests? often family friends from Michigan. But every time they start to reply, “His Detroit friends would come down the talk veers back to their father and and stay three months rather than buying grandfather, until at last you understand. a place,” Dodie Vela says. For the Wright family, this old motel A second wing was added five years and the man who built it are inseparable, later, just in time for young John Mills to even now. hear the ocean there, and Wright by the nnn Sea was more or less complete. Russell Melvin Wright was born in 1904 Let the parties begin. on a farm in Grove City, Pa., and grew Wright had met his wife, Dorothy, on St. Patrick’s Day 1929, so every March 17, up to become a successful osteopathic he’d roast a pig, set up a green champagne physician with a practice in Detroit and
fountain, don a green leprechaun hat, and hire an accordion band. In the mid-1960s, this man who had lived on farms in Pennsylvania and Michigan bought 11 acres west of Boynton Beach and gave each of his five grandchildren 500 potted Malayan coconut palms to raise there. Wright’s grandchildren grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where he had first enjoyed winter vacations back in the ’30s. Now they came up to the Boynton Beach farm most weekends to tend the trees their grandfather sold — and to learn the value of a dollar. “He loved nature so much,” his granddaughter says, “and he believed in education, but he wanted us to earn our tuition.” Those towering coconut palms wagging in the breeze above the motel pool now were grown by the Wright family. For its first two decades, Wright by the Sea saw its founder only during the winter months, but in 1972, Wright left Detroit, retired to Delray Beach, and the motel opened year-round. Soon, a team of Seminole Indians traveled from Miami and slept on the beach to build a chickee hut at the southeast corner of the property and give the family a story that still makes them smile. The crew leader introduced himself as Johnny Walker. “Johnny Walker,” Wright observed. “That’s not a very Indian name.”
“It was my father’s favorite booze,” Johnny Walker replied. Now Wright by the Sea had 29 rooms, a kidney-shaped pool, a chickee hut, coconut palms and, not long after, a housekeeper who’s seen it all. nnn Some say Robin Hickman came to work at the motel 30 years ago in 1988. Some say 35 years ago in 1983. Robin Hickman thinks she started in 1978. But the employment records in the motel office list her date of hire as 1975, when she was 23. “I always used to drive by there, and it just looked so relaxing and calm, I said, ‘I’m going to work there someday,’” she says. “And then I saw the ad in the newspaper — and I did!” For the next 40 years, until ill health forced her retirement in 2015, she cleaned rooms, supervised the other staff, got to meet the guests, and of course, knew Wright. “Oh, Lord, yes! Yes, yes. He was very nice to me, and I’m going to tell you how nice.” She was a divorced mother at the time, raising six small kids in Delray Beach and cleaning rooms. “Dr. Wright made sure each one of my kids had lunch money,” she says. One Halloween, a basket of fruit appeared on her doorstep while she was at work. “Where did this come from?” she asked the kids. “That man from your job,” they
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CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE LEFT: The late Russell Wright’s daughter Gigi Vela and granddaughter Dodie Vela hosted a final Thanksgiving in Wright by the Sea‘s chickee hut. Patti Carlson (right) hugs Linda Phillips, from Pennsylvania, as Phillips leaves after her final visit. Robin Hickman worked 40 years at the motel, starting in 1975. Joan Byrd (left) and her mother, Margaret Bowen, read in a cabana. Zach Cohn of Denver takes his son, Maxwell, 3, into the ocean. The Cohn family came to the motel for 10 years. Rachel O’Hara/The Coastal Star
told her. Halloween brought fruit baskets, and come Thanksgiving, the doctor made sure they had a turkey. “While I worked there, I paid for a car and a home,” she says, proudly, “so you know, life was good.” The Wrights were always kind, and the guests were sometimes entertaining. “I had a guest in 125,” Hickman remembers. “He was an undertaker. I saw an urn on the counter, and I used to see his wife talking to it.” One day, she picked up the urn to wipe the counter. “Don’t drop my daddy,” the undertaker’s wife warned her. “Your daddy?” Hickman said. “Where’s your daddy?” “In your hand.” Hickman still hoots at the memory. “I just put it down and ran outside.” Robin Hickman still lives in Delray Beach, but she misses keeping busy, misses the motel, misses the Wrights. “You can’t find anybody nicer than those people,” she says. “And getting that job was the beginning of a true blessing for me. I always knew I was in the Wright family.” nnn “It’s a glorious day at Wright by the Sea!” Patti Carlson almost sings into the phone. “How can I help you?” Carlson has called herself the “front desk girl” for most of her 14 years here, and this is her standard greeting.
Nowadays, though, the music fades from her voice as she chats. “We’re closing Nov. 25 … townhouses … I know, I know. … Well, we’ll land somewhere.” But somewhere won’t be nearly as lovely as this, or the memories as happy. Carlson remembers the gentleman who took his girlfriend out to dinner, came back somewhat elevated — “drunk as a skunk”— and decided he could just drive the car right up and park outside his room. “He wound up on the grass by the pool,” she laughs. A few times, people have called to ask if they can pay to use the beach, she says, and Marcia Faure, the other desk clerk, has taken calls from people who want to rent by the hour. “I tell them we’re not that kind of motel,” she says. “Well,” Patti Carlson concedes, “we have had some people be quite … demonstrative in the pool.” They were the exceptions. Over the years, their guests came from the U.S., Norway and Sweden, Germany, England and France, and they made no trouble. Some came to be married here, some to family and class reunions. And many came to be friends. “When you come to work and see this every day, how can you have a bad day?” asks Tammy Tatum, the events manager who has booked those weddings — usually one every week between October and December — for 15 years. “Here,
everybody’s on vacation, and the best part is watching the young ones grow from babies to adults every year.” Since word of the sale was announced, she says, some guests have asked to keep their room keys, as souvenirs. nnn “We began calling on Oct. 3 to let people know we were closing,” GiGi Vela says. “We had to cancel weddings.” After the calls went out, the letters started coming in. “Our yearly visits to your hotel have become tradition within our family,” Lucas Freyre wrote from Miami. “There is no way to comprehend the love I have for this place.” And from Jeff and Karen Hall in Dorset, England: “You are like a family to us with the warm and sincere welcome we always received.” Their letters, and a dozen more, are posted in the office. “Those thank-you notes aren’t for us,” Dodie Vela says. “They’re for the staff.” nnn GiGi Vela keeps the wish lists in a manila folder. Patti Carlson would like the microwave and carpet from Room 105 and the mirror from 124. Tammy Tatum wants a couch and chairs and some of the shuffleboard equipment because she’s the president of her community board. Alejandra DeLopez, the housekeeper, wants a pineapple pole lamp, and Carlos Melendez, the maintenance man, would like the big and little ladders. After all the family and staff have taken what they want, the rest will be donated to a local charity. But the most precious keepsakes they’ll all be taking are the memories. GiGi Vela had her 70th and 80th birthday parties in the chickee hut, and Dodie her 40th. Her brother, Luis, got engaged here in 1998, with candles on the beach that spelled out “Will you marry me?”
This year, for the last year, family and friends gathered for a final Thanksgiving feast in the hut. As always, Dodie created her table decorations from the banana trees out front and coconuts from the Malayan palms. “I use coconuts instead of pumpkins to decorate the table,” she said, “because that’s our harvest.” nnn Dr. Russell M. Wright died at Boca Raton Community Hospital on Oct. 18, 2002. He was 98 and spent his final days in Room 124, the large suite nearest the ocean, from which he could hear the waves crash, only three miles from the Gulf Stream, and see the Malayan palms he’d planted years ago. “Look at those trees,” he would say. “They’re dancing in the wind.” In addition to being the owner of a Delray Beach motel, he had been a team physician for the Detroit Tigers and the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team. A year before his death, the Russell M. Wright Fitness Center was dedicated at Slippery Rock University, his alma mater. In another sense, though, he had always been a farmer, too. He grew carrots and tomatoes as a boy in Pennsylvania and apples in Michigan as a man. And then he came down to Florida and planted a seaside motel that grew friends and memories for almost 70 years. Now that motel’s end is near, too, and when the bulldozers arrive in January to clear the lot, his 83-year-old daughter will be there to watch. “All my friends are coming,” GiGi Vela says. “It’s going to be heartbreaking, but I had to be with my father when he died, so I have to be here, too. It’s seeing it through.” Robin Hickman, the staff member who knew the doctor and his motel longer than anyone not named Wright, hopes to see it through, too. “Oh, yes, I’ll be there,” she vows. “If it’s God’s will, I’m going to be there, dressed all in black.” Ú
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New head of school eager to live up to praise By Rich Pollack
ABOVE: The construction fence was gone, but the dumpster and portable toilet remained at the 3140 Polo Drive construction site Nov. 23. BELOW: The sign above Peter Klein’s front door vents about the duration of the 3-year-old project. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
Fence down, but construction goes on By Steve Plunkett The green-shrouded chainlink privacy fence surrounding 3140 Polo Drive, what is easily the town’s longest-running single-family home construction project, came down just before Thanksgiving, but there’s no promise of when the front lawn will be green. “The last thing that’s going in is the grass because [the new owners] don’t want anybody walking on it, any other contractors walking on it,” Town Manager Greg Dunham said in a Nov. 9 update for town commissioners. Dunham, who had been lobbying owners James and Jennifer Cacioppo to grade and landscape their property as soon as possible so the fence could be removed, said the latest delay came from installing columns and a wall around the two-story house’s paver driveway. Each column had a specially sized cap for the top, and workers cemented them into position while the construction manager was away. “Each piece has a specific spot they’re supposed to go, and they put them on in the wrong place. So they had to take them off,” Dunham said.
Redoing the caps delayed putting in landscaping, which delayed grading the front yard, Dunham said. But “they are landscaping in the back. You just can’t see it,” he said. Dunham said the Cacioppos got the building permit for their 8,560-square-foot house in February 2016. Town Commissioner Paul Lyons
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noted that meant the three-year anniversary of construction is coming. “They’re in a race with the house [at 528 Palm Way] at this point in time,” Dunham said half-seriously. The contractor for Gary Cantor, that home’s owner, filed notice of demolishing the previous structure in late May. The shell of Cantor’s new onestory Bermuda-style home is already up. Lyons and Commissioner Joan Orthwein both have said residents are complaining about the slow progress at 3140 Polo Drive. Peter Klein, who lives across the street, says the work passed its three-year mark months ago. Site-clearing started in February 2016, he said, but the previous home was demolished in August 2015. “We have been looking at that cyclone fence for years,” said Klein, who hung a yellow banner on the front of his house exhorting the Cacioppos to “Finish the Job!” K lein and his wife, Jennifer, bought their property in 2011 and tore down and rebuilt in just over 12 months, he said. The Cacioppos have given their contractor more than 100 change orders, he said he has been told. “Entire rooms have been ripped out and redone. I have seen it firsthand,” Klein said. Ú
Before he launched his career as a senior administrator at independent schools in Maryland, Gray Smith was an English teacher and lacrosse coach who would Smith Zaluski come to South Florida on spring break to visit with “After close examination family. of each of the candidates, it Occasionally, Smith would became clear that Dr. Smith visit Gulf Stream School — with his significant previous where cousins were students experience ... is the right — and lead a lacrosse clinic. person to guide Gulf Stream “Everyone was so warm School into its next exciting and friendly, and the setting is era of growth,” board of pristine,” he said. “I remember trustees President Devon thinking, ‘If I ever become a Coughlan wrote in a letter to head of school, this would be a parents and others in the Gulf great place to be.’” Stream School community. Fast forward a couple of “Dr. Smith has the wisdom, decades and what seemed at experience and leadership the time a long-shot wish has skills necessary to preserve become a reality. our heritage, nurture our In late October, Gulf Stream first-class team of faculty and School’s Board of Trustees staff and fulfill our mission voted unanimously to name of empowering students Smith — now Dr. Gray to succeed by inspiring Smith — as its newest head of intellectual curiosity and school. He will take the reins celebrating both efforts and in July from Joe Zaluski, who accomplishment.” is retiring after 14 years of Prior to accepting the leading the faculty and staff. position at Gulf Stream Smith says his time visiting School, Smith, 46, served four in the 1990s and his three years as the head of school at years as an English teacher the Harford Day School in Bel and football and lacrosse Air, Md. He previously served coach at Pine Crest School in as head of the middle school at Fort Lauderdale gave him an Severn School in the Baltimore opportunity to learn about the area and before that served Gulf Stream School and what as assistant head of the upper makes it special. school and dean of students “I’m incredibly excited to at The Boys’ Latin School of come back and be the head of Maryland. school,” he said. He also held teaching Smith said he saw a posting and coaching positions in for the opening for a head of Kentucky and at Pine Crest, school at Gulf Stream and where he was a teacher and jumped at the chance to be assistant lacrosse coach in considered. 2002 when the team won the “It was such a great state championship. He later opportunity, it couldn’t be served as head coach in 2003. ignored,” he said. Smith hopes to follow However, Smith wasn’t the Zaluski’s tradition of teaching only one who sought to lead a class on a regular basis. the 80-year-old school that While he won’t coach lacrosse, serves about 250 students from he said he might take to the pre-kindergarten to the eighth field to host an occasional grade. In all, 35 candidates clinic. applied. He and his wife, Sarah, have During the nine-month two sons, James, 8, and Ward, 5, who will both attend the national search, led by a school. committee working with Smith said that during educational consultant Heads his visit to the school earlier Up and search firm Triangle this year, he was once again Associates, the group of impressed by the staff and applicants was whittled down faculty and by the school to six finalists. community as a whole. “All six of them were “It’s evident that the school fabulous,” said parent Tandy has benefited from excellent Robinson, who led the search committee along with co-chair stewardship,” he said. “The teachers are among the best Penny Kosinski. “We would I’ve ever met and it’s clear that have been lucky to have any everyone is aimed at doing one of them lead the school.” what’s best for the kids. What In the end, however, after else could a head of school ask three of the six visited the for?” Ú school to meet with faculty, parents and students, Smith was the board’s unanimous choice.
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Along the Coast
Captain who brought holidays to comrades studies for life after Army By Ron Hayes Janu ary
At this time last year, Christopher To K Colletta, born and reared in Delray orea , wit Beach, was the executive officer of a h lo ve tank company deployed to Camp Hom Casey in South Korea. Loc e rule abo als fret : Delores Rangel, executive bills ut state ’ rea ch secretary to the Delray Beach “I went City Commission, was the force west behind Project Holiday, which sends from boxes of candy, toiletries and paperback Austin books to service members all over the Boy nton through world. Bea ch achePaso, up New Over in South Korea, U.S. Army Capt. reEl Mexico to s for the heig Colletta was hoping some of those boxes the Four Corners, then all the way up hts Dow would reach his 75 comrades in Apache to Yellowstone,” he reports by email. “I GROWntowns IN U p my brother in Colorado Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry ended upGvisiting Regiment. He had emailed Rangel after after that, and then driving all the way learning about the project. from there back home to Delray. By Christmas, 241 Project Holiday “I lived on my own out of my car, boxes had found Colletta and his men. setting up shop at campsites along the This year, Delores Rangel is still the way.” city’s executive secretary, busily gearing And his plan to earn a master’s degree “at a school in Europe”? up for her 13th annual Project Holiday. Last year, Colletta was nearing the end He’s living in Paris these days, a long of his military service. way from South Korea, and pursuing that “I’ll be in the Army for about six more degree at the prestigious Paris Institute of months, until May, which is when I plan Political Studies, known as Sciences Po. “I am studying International Affairs, on transitioning to civilian life,” he wrote focusing on security issues, diplomacy in an email then. “I intend to earn a master’s degree in international affairs at and East Asia. I figured that would a school in Europe, but those applications provide the most continuity from my professional experiences serving in Korea are still in progress. “Wish me luck!” to a future career. I am loving every A year later, we wondered whatever minute of it.” happened to him. He’s in good company. Sciences Po Turns out Colletta has been around. was founded in 1872, and its alumni After leaving the Army on May 15, include 32 heads of state or government, he returned briefly to Fort Hood, Texas, seven of the past eight French presidents then took off on the sort of road trip and three past heads of the International many dream about and few take. Monetary Fund. Serv in
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After being featured in The Coastal Star last year, Capt. Christopher Colletta finished his Army service, and while studying in France took part in a D-Day remembrance (above). Photo provided But he hasn’t lost touch with the military. Through a former Army colonel teaching a class on American military power at the institute, Colletta was put in touch with the Paris chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which brought him to the Suresnes American Cemetery outside Paris for the Nov. 11 ceremony marking the end of World War I. The VFW, along with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Army’s 173rd Airborne, helped out by displaying all the flags containing the insignia of American military units that served in WWI. “I just felt privileged to be in attendance,” Colletta wrote. “The
president, secretary of state, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, chief of staff of the Army, NATO supreme allied commander, congressmen … they were all there.” Colletta will have Paris until May 2020, when he expects to complete his master’s degree in international security. “After my degree, I still have to decide where I will work,” he concluded. “I could continue serving in the federal government in the Department of State, for instance, or look to the private sector for work in a think tank, perhaps. “The opportunities are many with my experience and in this city, and I hope to let you know where I end up in 2020!” Meanwhile, back in Delray Beach, Delores Rangel is preparing to send another year’s mailing of packages to a few of the 1.3 million men and women on active duty, including about 450,000 who will spend the holidays in “hot spots” such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. “I have six names on the list to receive packages so far,” she reported just before Thanksgiving. “Of course one name is all I need, as I can send the boxes to that one person, who can then share.” Project Holiday is accepting donated items through Dec. 7 and welcomes volunteers to help pack them on Dec. 9, at the Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW First Ave. “We are aiming for 11 a.m. for packing,” Rangel said. “We start at 8:30 to organize, but all are welcome to come and go as their schedule permits.” Colletta’s parents, Kathy Schilling and Joseph Colletta, hope to be there. Ú For a list of requested items and dropoff locations, visit mydelraybeach.com.
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New plans envision Wildflower, Silver Palm as single park
By Steve Plunkett
After one public outreach session on how to design Wildflower Park and a separate outreach session and an online survey for neighboring Silver Palm Park, consultant Kona Gray was not happy. “Individually as parks they work. But together it kind of seems disjointed and we’re wondering to ourselves, ‘How can we make that better?’” he told the Boca Raton City Council on Nov. 26. So Gray and his EDSA Inc. colleagues brainstormed again and decided to revise the drawings for both parks with areas shaped like water drops to have a unifying motif. “It’s about celebrating water. It’s about giving people the opportunity to engage adjacent to the water,” he said. EDSA also envisioned replacing its proposed children’s splash pad on the north side of the park with a “signature” water feature and boosting spaces for boat trailers even more, to 60 spots from the current 33. It would also add “floating wetlands” and cantilevered “overlooks” north and south of the Palmetto Park Road bridge to get people closer to the water.
A promenade connects the unified park in the latest plan. Council members decided not to allow vehicles under the bridge so the pictured turnaround will disappear. EDSA Inc./City of Boca Raton Still in the plans are a third boat ramp, a wide promenade along the Intracoastal Waterway and “shade sails” over park benches. “It’s festive, it’s fun, it’s a really cool place,” Gray said. Mayor Scott Singer said “we’re getting there” but warned
that money is a concern. “A dollar spent here is a dollar not spent elsewhere on city needs,” Singer said before he and the four council members debated changes they wanted. Their alterations included more play opportunities for
children, perhaps combined with public art; more parking (the Wildflower dropped to 32 spaces from 50 in the previous plan); moving the restrooms farther from the Intracoastal Waterway; removing a turnaround and any other vehicular uses from under the
bridge; and adding concrete stairs from the bridge down to the park on the north side similar to the ones on the south. Council members also told City Manager Leif Ahnell to explore getting land on the east side of Northeast Fifth Avenue to add a sidewalk and perhaps a turn lane. That corner parcel is vacant now, but the owner wants “eight figures” to sell it to Boca Raton, Singer said. The city will hold a contest to name the combined parks. Singer and EDSA independently suggested “Centennial Park” (the city turns 100 in 2024), but council member Andrea O’Rourke said too many other cities already use that name. “I’d much rather it be named for the donor who’s going to give us $25 million for all this, the $25 Million Man or Lady Park, that’s fine with me,” Singer said. Gray said moving the restrooms will cost $500,000; in all, the consolidated parks will cost $8 million. Ahnell budgeted $1 million this fiscal year and $2 million the following year to build the park on the Wildflower side. The 2019-2020 budget also has $1.5 million set aside for the Silver Palm side. Ú
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New manager acts quickly to fill key jobs on town staff
By Rich Pollack
When Highland Beach Town Manager Marshall Labadie arrived to lead the town’s staff in October, he inherited a team with quite a few key vacancies. Outside consultants were temporarily leading the Finance Department, and the Building Department and the Public Works Department director’s positions were unfilled. At the same time, an outside firm was handling code enforcement. Fast forward less than six weeks after the town manager’s arrival and Labadie is on his way to building a staff that will bring fresh eyes and new approaches to how Town Hall addresses key tasks. Labadie has hired a new finance director, who is taking a strategic-oriented approach to budgeting, a new building official whose background will come in handy as the town prepares for the potential of sea-level rise, and a code enforcement officer with a focus on being proactive. Labadie also hopes to have a new public services director and an assistant to the town manager in place by the end of the year. Filling staff positions quickly, Labadie says, was a priority.
“There are things that have to be in place in order to move forward with mission-critical projects and functions,” he said. At least one town commissioner credits Labadie’s experience in local government for helping to make sure positions were filled quickly with qualified candidates. “He’s done this type of work for so long that he knows what to look for,” said Commissioner Peggy Gossett-Seidman. “Everything is definitely moving forward.” Labadie’s arrival coincided with the town’s transition from an outside firm handling Building Department and code enforcement functions to building and code enforcement services being brought in house. He quickly hired Jeffrey Massie, an experienced building inspector who held positions in Pompano Beach and Oakland Park in Broward County, to head up the team. Massie’s background as a structural plans examiner will be an asset, Labadie says, as the town faces the potential threat from sealevel rise. “He will help us ensure that what we build is properly suited for the future,” the manager said. To reinvigorate the town’s
code enforcement functions, which had come under fire from several town commissioners who thought enough wasn’t being done, Labadie brought in Jason Manko, who had previous experience in code enforcement also in Broward County. “He has a fresh set of eyes on code enforcement with a resident-focused proactive approach,” Labadie said. Already, Manko is getting praise from residents for his visibility within the community. “We had a resident stop and say that he’d seen the code
enforcement officer about eight times in one week,” GossettSeidman said. Also new to the staff is Matthew Lalla, the town’s finance director. Lalla, who served as a finance director in Hollywood and as interim treasurer in Fort Lauderdale, will help the town reshape its budgeting process to add a more strategic approach, Labadie said. “We want to ensure that we’re budgeting for our goals and objectives,” the manager said. Labadie said he is reshaping the public works director
position and changing the name to public services director. The goal, he said, is to have that position more focused on key projects and the big picture and less on the day-to-day operations. Labadie still plans to hire an assistant to the town manager, someone he hopes will focus on communications with residents as well as assisting with project management. The town has received résumés from more than two dozen people interested in the position, he said. Ú
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Palmetto Park Road work Obituaries
New code officer Laurel Kaplan Swaye to work full-time
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BOCA RATON — James By Sallie James Yacht & Racquet Club and took them to many vice president of the Florida Herman Dance, a 47-year championships,” Ricky Swaye said. “She grew Atlantic Builders Association. By Rich Pollack town. BOCA RATON — Laurel Kaplan Swaye, resident of Boca Raton, died up a tennis star in New England and began He was a member of the In a letterchampionships responding to the a founding member of the Yacht & Racquet on Oct. 31. He was 82. winning at age 13.” Delray Beach Club, the Florida Responding residents’ general, noted But their realOakes love was boating. Club of BocatoRaton and an avid inspector Mr. Dance Farm Bureau and the Boca “They had beenhas certified tennis Highland player, died Oct.town 20 after that the was born in Raton Elks. concerns, Beach commission added by the Coast In addition, he served for so they were able to chart their own a long battle with cancer. She Irwin County, officials are revamping the way theGuard, new position and also many years with the Boca courses and handle thelisted boat in any condition, was 86. Ga., and was the town’s codes are enforced and several steps taken better Raton Board of Realtors, up and down thetoEast Coast, throughout Her resilience and raised in Florida, coasts live life fully Jacksonville. He where he received numerous aredetermination close to bringingtoonboard a ensure thatboth building sitesandarethe Bahamas. They were gone for months,” Ricky Swaye recalled. and her refusal to give up after graduated from honors. He was a bank full-time code compliance officer. more Th secure and that other issues eir preferred means of transportation a dire cancer diagnosis nine years ago inspired Robert E. Lee High School and director of United Bank, a Earlier brought forward by residents are Grand Banks was a much-treasured 36-foot benefactor of the Boca Raton those who knew her. this year, town Jacksonville University. As a young boy, he worked boat, he said. Community Hospital, and “She had commissioners a great attitude,” said herthe son amended addressed. countless hours in the Duval Mrs. Swaye also was active in the Riviera Ricky Swaye,budget of Cromwell, Conn. “She looked to include the newly Until recently, lightserved code as treasurer for Association “E” at the Yacht & Racquet Club County Courthouse assisting Homeowners Association and at it clinically and not from an emotional position of code enforcement dutiesbefore fell on her the death. And she until just weeks lawyers, where his interest in the Federation of Boca Raton perspective.created She went through it all with a never lost her office love ofmanager mahjong, real estate title searches began. Homeowners. He was also a tremendouscompliance amount of officer. courageThe andjobdignity was shoulders of the in which she played with her friends at the He was employed by the Title sponsor of many local youth and grace. Itposted didn’tand stoplate herlast from doing month, the town’s building department, condo. Next-door neighbor Sharen Cutler Insurance Company of the programs throughout the anything she wanted to do.” interim TownConn., Manager who handled them onSwaye a part-time Born in New Britain, on Valerie May 7, remembered Mrs. as a warm, smiling South in Jacksonville before years. Oakesand interviewed four finalists The town’s building official whether they Mr. Dance’s special 1932, to William Zara Kaplan, Mrs. Swaye basis. woman who adored children, moving to South Florida in interests were antique cars, grew up in New England. waswere preceded her own grandchildren or someone else’s. 1970 to manage Chelsea Title for the position.She They alsowere assisted. “She was just a lovely lady and a very golfing, fishing, car racing in death by her parents, her husband of more Insurance Co. selected from more thanElihu 100 Oakes said when the part-time In 1973, Mr. Dance founded and traveling. His humor, independent person,” Cutler said. than 64 years, George, and brother applicants. position during and became president of Gold Herwas soncreated said she lovedthe to show the kids kindness, warmth and Kaplan. Mrs. Swaye In worked in the familythe business, theyslowdown, came to visit her from up Coast Title Company, which strength will be missed. addition to filling new endaround of the when economic He is survived by his loving the S&A Dept. Store in Hartford, Conn., North. he operated for more than 25 position, Oakes said she plans to there was not enough demand “It was always an opportunity for her to before entering the real estate construction years. In his professional work, wife of 50 years, Esther; implement changes the code and forget a full-time to know code themenforcement better and give them new an aunt, Mildred Scribner business with her husband andto managing he was past president of the crew laysFlorida asphaltLand in late October to restore a left-turn lane on East Palmetto Park experiences — to take them up and down the developing several commercial properties Title Association of Michigan; two cousins, enforcement procedures that willin officer. Intracoastal, takeimproved, lessons on the tennis courts Scribner and Kenneth the Hartfordlead area. and ofvehicles the board of governors or eastbound turning north ontoKarl Mizner Boulevard. A similar turn lane to abegan more when proactive focus. Astake the economy B ut the real fun the Swayes or them fishing. She did enjoy very much Scribner; two sisters-in-law, of the American Land Title g added Association, at Fifth Avenue. City officials sayCarole the left-turn lanes will ease congestion. revitalizing thespent whole construction increased and time with the kids,” retired to South“We’re Florida, where they an opportunity to spend B. Tiedeman (Walter) recipient of the ower/TheRaymond Coastal O. Star decades together boating throughout Florida soRicky said. and Diane E. Barber; two Denham Award, process to better address concerns did theSwaye need for more code S he is survived by her sons, Daniel, and and the Bahamas. nieces, Joy B. Mischley and which is the highest honor of our residents,” she said. “They enforcement. “To them it was like living in a resort or wife, Rita, of Roswell, Ga; Ricky, and wife, Lisa B. Mischley; two nephews, to be received in the title willgot seetomore monitoring “Withinofthat time frame, paradise. They see Boca Raton of grow Marge, Cromwell, Conn.; and Gary, Jay Wells Tiedeman (Leslie) insurance industry, and he construction sites, with a real construction picked OakesElsa Gassner, up. It was nothing when they got here,” Ricky of Boynton Beach;up,” a sister, and Clayton E. Tiedeman was an honorary life member Swaye said. focus on safety.” and husband, Peter, of Sedona, Ariz.; a (Jocie); two grandnieces, of the Florida Land Title said. Their lives soon focused on tennis and brother-in-law, Ronald Swaye, and wife, Sara and Clayton; and three Association. The person selected to fill the To meet the demand, Mr. Dance was a member boating. Maria Montanaro, of the Tamarac; and four grandnephews, Andrew, ptured 6-inch pipe flooded the onJackson Camino saidTiedeman. city spokeswoman “My mother codestarted compliance officerclub position, earlier this year of thewater First United Methodist the tennis at the town grandchildren andcontracted six great-grandchildren. andReal, Wesley A memorial Church andon was in nd shut down traffic theactive Camino Chrissy Gibson. service was posted with an annual salary a part-time code compliance held on Nov. 10 at First community service in Boca idge in both directions for about 16 The bridge reopened to motorists around range of $49,314 to $78,903, officer. Commissioners, however, United Methodist Church, Raton for many years. while work crews madeonrepairs. 7:30 a.m. Oct.Contributions 31. will report directly to the town thought a full-time position was He served the building Boca Raton. committee of the YMCA, may madewhat in honor of the water line to esidents were affected. It’s be unclear caused manager, Oakes said. necessary. painting the buildings, managing the grounds HIGHLAND BEACH — Leo J. Pruner of as an honorary trustee of Herman Dance to First United water line,theonBoca the northeast side of rupture. “This is a positive step in the Oakes said she plans to have and installing new docks. Highland Beach died on Nov. 7. He was 90. Raton Historical Methodist Church or the o Real, broke shortly after 3 member p.m. Oct right direction,”bysaid the town createMr.a list of active Mr. Pruner is survived his resident wife of 61 In 2001 Pruner joined the Community Society, a founding American Heart Association. Emergencysites Response the Economic of city shutofdown traffic on Council the bridge — Sallieyears, JamesJoan Pruner. Peggy Gossett-Seidman, who construction that canTeam be and in 2002 was — Obituary submitted by the Mr. Pruner graduated from made leader of that group. Palm Beach County, and as e the repair work required trucks has brought concerns about code checked regularly. She also While leading family Bloomfield High School in 1948 the group he was able to build it up to 40 an active member and second enforcement issues to the townThey on wants to make sure the code and married Joan in 1957. members and hadthat access to $5,000 in medical lived inoccasions. Montclair,“This N.J.,isfor five compliance supplies for Highland Beach numerous long officer is visible to to use in case of a years,and andwe’re Caldwell, hurricane or other emergencies. overdue thrilledN.J., thatfor 29 residents. In addition to his wife, he is survived years. After he retired from GE theintown is taking this giant step “We’re going toMarion be veryDietrich and Agnes by his sisters, 1990, they moved to Florida. forward.” proactive,” shechildren, said. James, Robert and Kearns; his Mr. Pruner ushered at St. Aloysius Church in Frank Pruner and Linda (Fred) Fay; In addition to complaints Town (Lisa) Commissioner Rhoda Caldwell and St. Lucy Church in Highland his grandchildren, James, Matthew and Amy frominvolved residents, someone in filed Zelniker, was and a strong Beach. He was in scouting Pruner,who Robert Lorraine Fay, and Jessica complaint proponent Caldwell foran 18anonymous years with Pack 3. Sarli. of hiring a full-time He was actively in the Cross Trail code He was preceded death by his brothers, with theinvolved Palm Beach County compliance officer,insaid Squares square dance club from 1976 to 1990, Francis, Eugene and James Pruner. Inspector General’s Office in July, safetyHeandwasaesthetics need to be a where he served as president for two years and entombed at the Gardens that asyears. many as 75 priority. ran its youthcontending group for four Mausoleum, 4103 N. Military Trail, Boca Mr. Pruner was an in active member in four Raton. violations one neighborhood “We need someone who is camping clubs in New Jersey: the Scouts, the onations lieutoofit flowers were ignored during a three- to hands Don and willinsee that all may be sent Caldwellites, Cross Trail Square Wheelers and to St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3510 S. Ocean period. codes areHighland enforced,”Beach, she said. Blvd., FL“We 33487, or to the the Garden four-year State Square Dance Club. In Florida heAfter served on the the Seagate board of need Alzheimer’s reviewing complaint, a proactiveAssociation. person who isn’t directors forthe twoinspector years and was responsible www.bocahelpinghands.org general’s office for waiting for someone to call.” Ú — Obituary submitted by the family installing sprinkler systems, air conditioning,
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Atlantic Avenue paver project put on hold until May
By Jane Smith Construction work to replace the pavers in four barrier island crosswalks on East Atlantic Avenue has stopped for the season and will resume in May, according to a Delray Beach department head. The four crosswalks at the intersections of Gleason Street and Venetian Drive with East Atlantic have reopened, Susan Goebel-Canning, Delray Beach public works director, wrote in mid-November. “During the project, we identified a water main leak,” Goebel-Canning wrote. “The leak needed to be addressed prior to construction of the crosswalk, so it appeared that construction ceased.” The project was on a tight schedule with an anticipated Dec. 3 completion date. Fixing the water main leak pushed the crosswalk work into the holiday season, according to GoebelCanning. “As a result, two-thirds of the project was completed before we needed to open the road again,” Goebel-Canning wrote. “You will see fresh asphalt, which allowed the road to be open.” Some East Atlantic Avenue merchants had complained to the City Commission about the road work during high season. Sales were off about 30 percent compared with the
same period last year at C. Orrico Delray Beach, said store manager Sue Vidulich. “We were absolutely affected,” she said. “Customers could not turn left onto Seabreeze Avenue to enter our parking lot. They had to drive down Atlantic and make a U-turn. Guests at the Seagate Hotel could not find a safe place to cross Atlantic to get to our store.” Vidulich is happy the construction ended in time for the Holiday Beachside Stroll on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The women’s clothing boutique, which sells Lilly Pulitzer fashions, planned to make it a festive day. The Florida Department of Transportation owns Atlantic Avenue on the barrier island. The crosswalk pavers have shifted, creating an uneven surface, and need to be replaced. FDOT does not permit the use of pavers in its streets, although the department did allow the pavers at the time the crosswalks were installed about 10 years ago, said Barbara Kelleher, FDOT spokeswoman. Under FDOT rules, cities can use stamped concrete, which looks like pavers. The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency will cover the $329,965 cost to R&D Paving LLC of West Palm Beach for the upgrade. Ú
Work on Woolbright at I-95 will continue into new year By Jane Smith Construction work at the Woolbright Road interchange in Boynton Beach has yet another completion date. The contractor is now saying end of December for most of the work to be finished, said Andi Pacini, Corradino Group community outreach spokeswoman for Interstate 95 projects. “Punch list items will most likely push final acceptance into 2019,” she said. Corradino Group contracts with the Florida Department of Transportation. The substantial work remaining includes finishing the widening of the I-95 northbound entrance ramp, finishing the widening of the southbound exit ramp to provide free flow of rightturn traffic onto westbound Woolbright Road, building sidewalks and adding lighting and traffic signals. “Crews have been on site working on these activities,” Pacini said.
Woolbright and Hypoluxo Road interchanges are part of a $32.5 million, five-interchange bid in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Construction work on the Hypoluxo Road interchange started in June 2015, and work on the Woolbright Road interchange began in January 2016, Pacini said. The other three projects are in Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth and Deerfield Beach. The contract end date for all five projects was Nov. 3, 2017. As a result, FDOT has been fining the contractor $8,491.01 per day for all five since Nov. 4, 2017, Pacini said. At Hypoluxo Road, the contractor needs to finish striping, complete the pedestrian signal wiring at the I-95 southbound entrance ramp and complete punch list activities. FDOT is anticipating an end of December completion for the five projects, Pacini said. Work at the five locations is taking place mostly overnight to ease the impact on traffic. Ú
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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Bob Ganger
o say Bob Ganger has a passing interest in local history is like saying Shakespeare had a passing interest in writing plays. After Ganger and his father went to check out a beachside house in Gulf Stream that had been built by a member of the Vanderbilt family, he not only bought it but wound up writing a book about the woman who built it and its history. And after meeting Harvey Oyer (president of the Palm Beach County Historical Society at the time) at a dinner party more than 20 years ago, Ganger joined the organization, eventually joining its board of directors. He and Oyer also teamed up with others in a successful effort to restore the old Palm Beach County Courthouse. Ganger, 85, blames the transient nature of this area for a lack of appreciation of history among its residents. “When you realize a million new people come into the state every couple years, and with no background on who we are, over time the local history gets diluted,” he said. “We’ve found that, both in Palm Beach County and Delray, very few people have a clue as to who we are, and how we got to be what we are.” — Brian Biggane Q: Where did you grow up and go to school? How do you think that has influenced you? A: I grew up in Bronxville, a tiny New York City suburb newly inhabited by recent veterans of World War II who were motivated to make up for lost time and provide their families with a great home. The local high school was highly competitive. My class graduated 75 students who achieved well over 125 advanced educational degrees. I managed to graduate with honors from Yale and Harvard Business School, based largely on the disciplines taught at an early age. Believe it or not, my high school class still gets together for five-year reunions. The latest was the 65th! Q: What professions have you worked in? What professional accomplishments are you most proud of? A: My professional career was almost entirely in the food industry. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserves, I started at General Foods as an assistant product manager
environment allowing me to engage in “small town” public service. My interest in local history led to a position as vice chair of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and chair of the Delray Beach Historical Society. I have also served as chairman of the Florida Coalition for Preservation, president of the Gulf Stream Civic Association, and as a commissioner for the town of Gulf Stream. Believe it or not, these assignments all relate to one another from time to time. Q: What book are you reading now? A: I am re-reading A Land Remembered, by Patrick Smith. While fictional, it captures the essence of pioneer life in Florida during the last half of the 19th century. Q: What music do you listen to when you want to relax? A: When my friend Dana Gioia was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, I made the mistake of telling him how guitar music was my ultimate “relaxer.” He sent me enough guitar CDs to play for the rest of my life.
Bob Ganger’s Gulf Stream home was built by Lila Vanderbilt Webb. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star on Jell-O, and retired 32 years later as VP of planning and development. Our company was purchased by tobacco giant Philip Morris in 1985 and I was tasked to recommend a long-term strategy for the company’s future participation in the food industry. I’m proud of the fact that my plan is still being executed almost 30 years later, even after Philip Morris divested their food interests. After executing the first addon acquisition, Kraft Foods, I retired to become a consultant to start-up consumer product companies, some of which have been quite successful. Q: What advice do you have for a young person seeking a career today? A: The business world has changed dramatically since I began my career, but one fact is still apparent: Life is too short for someone not to enjoy his or her work, but one is naïve if a “perfect job” is a career assumption. In 32 years at
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Q: Have you had mentors in your life? Individuals who have inspired your life decisions? A: Late in my business career, I became associated with Hamish Maxwell, then chairman of Philip Morris. He was an extraordinary thinker. He surrounded himself with very bright people, and absorbed information like a sponge. In retrospect, his decision-making saved his company and industry from an almost certain early demise. We both retired on the same day and remained in contact until he died in 2014 at age 87. By the way, I have “smoked” one cigarette in my life, on April Fool’s Day 1952. Q: If your life story were made into a movie, who would play you? A: Possibly Michael Caine — for revenge. Years ago, we were both in Fort Lauderdale at the same time, and some teenagers mistook me for Mr. Caine. I signed dozens of autographs and had photos taken. Q: Who/what makes you laugh? A: Bring back Rowan and Martin. I love corny humor. Ú
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Delray Beach is streamlining its special events policy to make it easier for festival organizers to apply and know their public safety costs up front while keeping the focus on hometown events. City commissioners unanimously approved the revised policy at their Nov. 13 workshop. “We went from an 88page guidebook to a trifold pamphlet,” acting Assistant City Manager Jeff Goldman told the commission. “We received feedback that we were overbilling and that the process to apply was overly long.” The new policy will go into effect on Jan. 1. Goldman said the public safety costs have been streamlined to cover the average salaries of a police officer and a firefighter/paramedic. Previously, the public safety costs could vary by the rank of the police officer and firefighter/ paramedic who staffed the event. Now, the event organizers will know their public safety costs when they apply, Goldman said, unless they make the event larger and need more protection as a result. He 0 worked with Suzanne Fisher, the city’s Parks
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and Recreation director, to revise the special events policy. The seven types of events of the past were reduced to three: commercial events that charge admission, community events that are free and athletic events. Concerts and festivals that charge entrance fees are listed under the commercial events category. Community events are defined as parades, free concerts and festivals, and the GreenMarket. Athletic events include 5K, 10K and marathon races, charity/fitness walks and bike races. The application fee for all events is $150, which is nonrefundable. The application deadlines are 90 days before the events for commercial and community, and 45 days for athletic events. Applications for commercial and community events will be processed in 60 days and ones for athletic events in 30 days. Previously, the city had 180 days to process applications for “major events” and parades. The city will take late applications by charging an additional $100 fee. The city also listed what it considers to be its hometown events. They are: Veterans Day ceremony, Turkey Trot races, Surf Festival, 100-foot Christmas tree and related events, Holiday Parade, First
Night, Fourth of July festivities, Kids Fest, Spring Fest/Egg Hunt, National Night Out, Family Fun Day and free Friday concerts on the Old School Square grounds. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was not listed, but it will be another city-sponsored event, produced by the city’s Fire and Rescue Department, Goldman said. The March parade will be the 51st. Goldman and Fisher also strengthened the definition of a nonprofit entity’s application to include providing “detailed information about how the proposed event serves a public purpose to foster an authentic and inspiring community that celebrates our history while building toward the future.” That should eliminate for-profit companies that masquerade as nonprofits. “We were dealing with nonprofits that did not benefit our community,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said. The city will subsidize 50 percent of costs to the nonprofits in all three types of events. The application size was reduced to four pages from six and now can be completed online, Goldman said. For events on the Old School Square grounds, the commission had asked that no events be held on the front lawn between the
Cornell Museum and Atlantic Avenue. “It looks junky with cars on the front lawn,” Petrolia said. Goldman and Fisher will meet with Old School Square staffers to remind them of that requirement while discussing where they can hold the two events that are part of its 10-year lease with the city. “We will make sure it works for us,” Goldman said. Commissioners agreed to wipe the slate clean for four nonprofit organizations that owed the city a combined $12,954. In the future, those event producers, regardless of whether they are for-profit or nonprofit, will not be allowed to host an event unless they pay the amount owed to the city. Event producers also will be asked to follow the city’s green practices that reduce or
eliminate the use of plastic and Styrofoam and discourage the use of single-use plastics, such as straws. In addition, Petrolia asked how the limit of major events to one per month in the previous policy would be accomplished under the revised policy. “We have the right to say no,” Goldman said. The City Commission now has approval power over commercial events with recommendations from the Special Events Office and its Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of staff from various departments such as police, fire, parks, code enforcement and public works. That power gave the commission some comfort. “We need to give our citizens relief” from too many events, said Commissioner Bill Bathurst. Ú
Boynton Beach/Ocean Ridge
Dogs get day on beach, or at least a few hours of one By Jane Smith
Fido and Bella can scamper the beach on Dec. 15 at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park when the city operates a pop-up dog
park from 9 a.m. to noon. “We will staff it to make sure everyone has a good time,” said Wally Majors, Recreation and Parks Department director. The northern half of the 960-foot-long beach will be fenced off that Saturday morning to contain the dogs in one area. “People will be required to keep their dogs on leashes until they reach the sand,” Majors said. The fencing will aim to keep dogs from property to the north, which is county beach and does not allow dogs; and to the south, away from other Oceanfront Park guests and the private beaches in Ocean Ridge. Park rangers will monitor the dogs and their owners. The rangers will ensure the dogs have Palm Beach County licenses, which show their rabies vaccines are current. Owners won’t have to register for their dogs to use the beach. Parks maintenance workers will set up the fencing, starting at 7 a.m. Although Boynton Beach owns the beach at Oceanfront Park, it is in Ocean Ridge and subject to its ordinances. Ocean Ridge does not allow animals, including dogs on leashes, on the public beach. Owners of private beaches can allow dogs on their beaches. Jamie Titcomb, Ocean Ridge town manager, plans to update the commission at its Dec. 3 meeting. “I already told them about Boynton Beach’s plans,” he said. “It falls under the same purview of anyone holding an event on the beach.” Boynton Beach parks staff will make sure the dogs are spayed or neutered, Titcomb said. “We will hope for the best,” he said. Ú
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Sides reach some common ground on Alina condo project
By Mary Hladky
A compromise between antagonists in the most recent dispute over construction of the luxury Alina Residences Boca Raton condominium appears likely to clear the way for quick city approval of the project. Bonnie Miskel, the attorney for developer El-Ad National Properties, told Boca Raton City Council members, sitting as Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners, on Nov. 26 that a tentative agreement had been reached and she thought El-Ad would approve it shortly. Council members agreed to delay their vote until Dec. 10, giving time for the agreement to be finalized. “I am all for postponing this for them to work out a
deal,” said council member Monica Mayotte. Alina Residences, formerly known as Mizner 200, is one of the most contentious projects in the city’s history. Downtown residents complained that it would be too massive and a symbol of downtown overdevelopment. El-Ad proposed a 384unit condo on about 9 acres along Southeast Mizner Boulevard that would replace the 246 Mizner on the Green townhouses. El-Ad made concessions on building design, landscaping and setbacks that eventually won over critics, and the project was approved after a flurry of last-minute deal making in 2017. But earlier this year, El-Ad asked for approval to build the project in two phases,
add valet parking and to not fully complete a pedestrian promenade until the second phase was finished. Residents of the neighboring Townsend Place condo strongly objected, saying they had a firm deal with El-Ad in 2017 and the developer was now reneging. They had the support of Investments Limited, a major downtown landowner, and the BocaBeautiful downtown activists. Their chief concern was that the three-tower project would be built in phases, even though El-Ad originally said it would be built all at once. That raised the possibility that the second phase would not be built if the condos did not sell well, which would leave them with one new condo tower next to the run-down townhouses.
They also objected to delays in completing the pedestrian promenade along Mizner Boulevard, fearing it never would be finished if the second phase was not built. Under the new deal, project opponents no longer are objecting to the project’s being completed in phases. “In trying to get a settlement, we backed off the phasing,” said Norman Waxman, a Townsend Place condo board member. “You have to pick your battles,” said Robert Eisen of Investments Limited. But Waxman got something he wanted. The pedestrian promenade in front of what would be Phase 2 would be an enhanced version of what ElAd said it would build earlier this year, and it would be built more quickly.
El-Ad also would add landscaping between Townsend Place and the Phase 2 property to buffer the condo residents from the construction. Investments Limited would get the concession that if ElAd asks the city to approve changes to Phase 2, it will not be allowed to change the pedestrian promenade or the spaces between the three condo towers that allow for eastward views to the ocean. Investments Limited wants to redevelop its Royal Palm Place across the street from the Alina Residences property. “We all kind of got what we wanted,” Eisen said. As of Nov. 26, Waxman was crossing his fingers. “I do think we are close to agreement,” he said. Ú
Commission seeks better beach access for town vehicles
By Rich Pollack It was just about two years ago when a pair of vacationers swimming in the ocean off Highland Beach got caught in a riptide and found themselves unable to get back to shore. Using a condominium’s private beach access, Highland Beach Police Chief Craig Hartmann and Delray Fire Rescue Capt. Chris Zidar ran from the town’s nearby police and fire stations to the beach and pulled the swimmers to shore safely. While the rescue had a happy ending, the situation might have been different had a vehicle been needed to assist the swimmers. That’s because there are no municipal beach access points along State Road A1A that can accommodate the Police Department’s all-terrain beach vehicle or any other rescue apparatus. Now commissioners are putting a priority on finding a way to make it easier for first responders and others working for the town to have easier beach access. To reach the beach by vehicle, emergency personnel now have to drive the Police Department’s all-terrain vehicle to access points either in Delray Beach or Boca Raton. There is no public beach in Highland Beach. “We don’t have a town access point,” Vice Mayor Alysen Africano Nila said during a commission meeting last month. “It’s easy to say we have never had a problem with this before, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be one in the
future.” Hartmann said his department does have agreements with condominiums and private property owners along A1A that allow officers and other first responders to access the beach on foot. The department, for example, has security codes for walkway gates leading to the beach and has permission from many homeowners to walk through their property to get to the water. “We are able to get anywhere on the beach quickly
in an emergency,” he said. “But for routine patrols and any situation where a vehicle would be used, we need access. Right now, there’s not a central point that makes it easier to get to the beach.” Nila and Town Manager Marshall Labadie said in addition to public safety, municipal beach access would make it easier for the town to address issues such as beach raking and beach erosion. “One of the biggest constraints to moving forward with beach and shoreline concerns is a lack of access,”
Labadie said. Vehicle access would also make it easier for the public works team and the town’s code enforcement officer to get to the beach. The Public Works Department, for example, uses a vehicle to empty trash cans along the beach, but must leave town in order to get to the beach and return. The town manager said he would reach out to property owners along A1A to see if there is any interest in working with the town to resolve the issue.
Labadie said some of the options could be shared landuse agreements or municipal vehicle easements. While the town is hoping that access could be provided at no cost to taxpayers, Labadie said all options will be explored. “Nothing has been ruled out and everything is on the table,” he said. Labadie said that should the town find a way to get vehicles on the beach, access would be limited to municipal vehicles and others receiving town permission. Ú
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Tuba Christmas to ring in season at Mizner Park
ant to start a new holiday tradition? Consider this familyfriendly event. Tuba Christmas is an annual free concert held worldwide to celebrate the holidays, but also as a tribute to teachers whose passion is teaching music. Harvey Phillips, a tuba student, created the concert as a tribute to his music teacher, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. The first Tuba Christmas was in 1974 in New York City, and this year at least 200 such concerts are planned in the United States. The Dec. 9 event in the Mizner Park Amphitheater will mark the eighth year of the local Tuba Christmas concert, which is led by Dr. Marc Decker, assistant professor of music and the associate director of bands at Florida Atlantic University. The concert is a kind of come-as-you-are performance, open to students of all levels who play instruments in the tuba family, including the sousaphone, baritone, euphonium and its rare cousins the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double-bell euphonium. Concerts range in size from a tiny tuba quartet to several hundred performers at the biggest concerts in Los Angeles and New York. Because musicians’ holiday schedules are packed, the only rehearsal is the one right before the show. There is a nominal fee ($10) to play. Boca Raton players will check in from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and rehearse from 2:30 to 4. After a short break, they will be back on stage for the 5 p.m. concert. Players are asked to wear festive attire, and they do. From a Christmas sweater made by grandma to Santa hats and Rudolph’s antlers, if it’s red or green, it’s a hit. Even the instruments get decorated with garland and lights. The music book the players use, “Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas,” is available for sale. You can bring your own chairs or blankets or rent a chair for $5. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Admission is
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Holidays for Delray Beach will be produced this year by Stephanie Immelman’s new company, Grapevine Communications. At the center of the festivities will be the city’s iconic 100-foot Christmas tree. “A whole generation of children has grown up with the tree,” Immelman said. “People share their memories with us all the time and we see a marriage proposal in the tree nearly every year.” Visitors can walk inside it through Jan. 1 for a dollar donation, and Santa will be at the tree until Dec. 23. He will also make an appearance at the annual Cookie Cruises throughout the month on board the Lady Atlantic. The Seas & Greetings holiday parade will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 along Atlantic Avenue, and other holiday happenings include the Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 14, a Kwanzaa celebration at the Spady Museum on Dec. 30, and the Delray Beach Historical Society Holiday Craft Workshop at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11. A family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in Old School Square Park is scheduled for 5 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m. For details, visit www.100FtChristmasTree. com. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival launched its Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, which uses as its inspiration the “Tech Effect” exhibit at Old School Square’s Cornell Museum of Art. The deadline for entries is Feb. 17. To enter, writers should submit up to 30 lines of original poetry inspired by one of eight designated images featured in the exhibition. The images are: Back Up, by Ellen de Meijer, Emotion #2, by Walter Brown, Fractal, by William Montgomery, Galloping Towards the Dream, by Camomile Hixon, Graine, by Alain Le Boucher, No More Dialectics #4, by Daniel Fiorda, Mona Lisa, by Antoine Geiger, and Skull, by Brian Dettmer.
The Dec. 9 concert, to start at 5 p.m., will mark the eighth year that players of tuba family instruments have entertained crowds in Boca Raton. Coastal Star file photo by Tim Stepien The winning poet will receive a $100 prize, and $25 will be given to each of the four runners-up. For information on how to submit and to view the tech effect images, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival. org/news/tech-effect-poetrycontest/. Offering awards totaling $15,000 in prizes, the Palm Beach Student Showcase of Films competition is open to student filmmakers, writers, graphic designers and digital media artists enrolled in Florida high schools and colleges. To enter, visit www.pbfilm.com/ ssof. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 25. This student showcase is funded by the Palm Beach County Commission through the Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability. Major sponsors include Lynn University and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission. Category sponsors include Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc., Film Florida, Michael Chasin, and the Information Television Network. On Nov. 14, in celebration of Veterans Day, the cadets from Boynton Beach High School joined the residents of Barrington Terrace, a senior living community, for a day of remembrance and learning. After the cadets marched
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For sale: McKinney estate, tree house too. Photo provided includes apartments and office space. Cardone’s company, Realm 102, paid $12.5 million for the 1.2-acre site in 2015. Cardone has acquired multifamily properties across the country, including in South Florida, and in September, Cardone Capital paid about $90 million for the 346-unit Atlantic Delray Apartments in Delray Beach at 14050 Pacific Point Place. Previously, the property was owned by a joint venture between Atlantic | Pacific Companies and the Rockpoint Group. The 30,683-square-foot Winfield Plaza in Boca Raton sold for $13.1 million to 20th Street Investments, LLC, with James Batmasian listed as title manager. The sale was recorded Nov. 1. The seller is Taormina Investments S.A., led by Giovanni Cannavo, Juan Alvarez and the Panamanian law firm Galindo, Arias & López. Holliday Fenoglio Fowler’s Eric Williams, Manny de Zárraga, Danny Finkle and Luis Castillo represented the seller. The retail strip center is on 2.82 acres at 471-515 NE 20th St. and 2001, 2151 and 21812201 N. Federal Highway. It’s 93 percent occupied, with tenants including Osha Thai Restaurant, Sweet Deals Chocolates, Subway and Señor Burrito. Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation sold its Nissan dealership at 2200 S. Federal Highway in Delray Beach to HGreg for $11 million in November. The dealership comprises 47,694 square feet on a 3.76-acre site. The last sale price for the dealership was $5.2 million in June 2005. Canadabased HGreg got a $10.5 million mortgage loan from Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. in connection with its acquisition of the Delray Beach dealership. Home builder and designer Frank McKinney’s restored 1930s John Volk oceanfront compound, Ocean Apple, was recently listed for sale for $5.49 million with Steven Presson, an agent with the Corcoran Group. Located at 610 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, McKinney’s sixbedroom, six-bathroom home features 100 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage, cypress walls and ceilings, Dade County pine flooring, a newly renovated kitchen, and let’s not forget his tree house, which has ocean views, a bathroom, a bamboo desk, hardwood flooring, cedar walls, and a king-sized bed loft area with a TV.
“Frank definitely wants to stay in the area, but he is looking to downsize now that his daughter is in college,” Presson said. “Even though Frank has a long career of building and designing modern beachfront masterpieces, he always preferred to live in more historical, older homes with character. But now Frank finally wants to move into something more modern like homes he’s famous for designing.” Cathy Balestriere was voted Chamber Business Person of the Year at the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser in October. Balestriere, who is the general manager of Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas, was recognized for her dedication and expertise in her business operation and her continued support of the Chamber and the community. The Delray Beach Elks Lodge was voted the Chamber’s Business of the Year for its continued service to the community. A long-standing member of the Chamber, the Elks are committed to supporting programs that help young people in the community. Former Mayor David Schmidt was awarded the Crystal Palm Award for exceptional and continued service and dedication to the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Delray Beach community. My Palm Beach Box, a new subscription-based service headquartered in Boca Raton, offers gift boxes that include gift cards, event tickets, and beauty products from South Florida businesses such as Ouzo Bay, Jupiter Candles, Lost Harbour Distillery and The Original Popcorn House. Individual boxes cost $39.95; four boxes per year cost $160; birthday boxes and foodie boxes cost $49.95. “You can find at least $300 worth of products from local businesses in each one,” said Delray Beach resident Sarah Schuh, who co-founded the business with Palm Beacher Krisann Simon. For more info, visit www. mypalmbeachbox.com. Send business news to Christine Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Janis Fontaine contributed to this report.
In their continuing effort to alleviate downtown parking shortages, Boca Raton City Council members have agreed to implement a number of measures that would help, but not resolve, the parking problem. Still on the to-do list are long-term projects, including building a parking garage in the downtown and implementing a smartphone app that would allow people to find and pay for public parking. City officials have been unable to build a parking garage because downtown property owners are unwilling to sell their land to the city. Mayor Scott Singer has suggested building one on city-owned land near City Hall and using a shuttle or circulator system to ferry people from there across the FEC railroad tracks to popular destinations such as Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place. A city consultant found that the downtown will be short as many as 425 spaces by 2023, and up to 750 spaces by 2040. The city technically has enough downtown parking right now. The problem is that many of the public spaces are not located near where people want to shop and dine, and they don’t want to park and walk several blocks. That creates a parking crunch at popular spots. Council members, sitting as Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners, agreed
Nov. 26 to activate 26 unused meters located south and east of the Hyatt Place hotel. But for now, they did not endorse adding 245 metered parking spaces on East Palmetto Park Road, the Sanborn Square area and north of Royal Palm Place. They also agreed to add 54 spaces that have time limits, but no meters, between Dixie and Federal highways south of Palmetto Park Road. The city will buy a license plate recognition system to better enforce time limits. The city early next year will seek a business to implement an on-demand transit program, using something like electric golf carts to move people from outside parking areas into the downtown. The Green Market that operates at Royal Palm Place will move because business owners say it causes parking problems. It could be relocated to the City Hall parking lot or to Mizner Park. Another measure council members want to move forward with is making excess parking spaces in private parking garages or lots available to the public. Property owners willing to offer up their spaces when not in use, such as after business hours, would notify the city manager. Council members approved making information about where public parking is available in the downtown available on the city’s website and on social media. Ú
Mizner Park ground lease buyout being discussed
By Mary Hladky
Mizner Park’s owner, Brookfield Property Partners, is considering exercising its option to buy much of the land underneath the shopping and dining destination from the city. The sale of the so-called retail lease, one of four 99-year Mizner Park ground leases, could be a financial boon to the city. But it is impossible to know now how much the city could realize. Brookfield owns the buildings and parking garages in Mizner Park. The Community Redevelopment Agency owns the land underneath them. At the time Mizner Park was developed, the city granted whoever owns the buildings sitting on the retail lease the right to purchase the land beginning in 2016. The city had discussions with Mizner Park’s previous owner, General Growth Properties, but that company decided not to buy. The city’s option to purchase states that the building owner must notify the city it is exercising its option and submit its estimate of fair market value of the land. If the city disagrees, fair market value will be determined by arbitration. An entity controlled by Brookfield notified the Community Redevelopment Agency in a Sept. 26 letter that it is considering exercising its option. But before it can do so, it must be certain the city and Brookfield agree on how to calculate fair market value, the letter states. The city and Brookfield disagree on how to do that. City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser told Boca Raton City Council members on Nov. 13 that Brookfield has filed a formal demand with the American Arbitration Association seeking a decision on how to calculate fair market value.
Frieser contends Brookfield is not entitled to arbitrate now “for a series of reasons.” One of them is that Brookfield has not submitted a fair market value estimate. She said the city has hired an outside lawyer to protect its interests. Stripping away the legalese, the dispute boils down to this: Both the city and Brookfield want to get the best of any final resolution. Brookfield wants the fair market value to be low, based on current Mizner Park buildings and tenants. That would result in a low purchase price. The city wants the fair market value to be high, based on how the property could be redeveloped. That would result in a higher purchase price. “The city wants the maximum value on the property and Brookfield wants the minimum and therein lies the argument,” said Assistant City Manager Mike Woika. It is unclear if Brookfield is seriously interested in buying the land, or if it is simply testing the waters. Its attorney who sent the letter, Mitchell Berger, did not return calls or an email requesting comment. A Brookfield official in New York City also did not return a call and an email. Brookfield, the real estate arm of Torontobased Brookfield Asset Management Inc., gained full control of General Growth Properties, the second-largest U.S. mall owner, in March for $9.25 billion in cash. It previously had owned about one-third of GGP. Mizner Park, which replaced the failing Boca Raton Mall, opened in 1991 in an effort to breathe new life into a dying downtown. The development was accomplished by a public/ private partnership of the city, CRA, developer Crocker Partners and cultural users. Ú
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The former Little House restaurant has been remodeled but remains empty. Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
Future of Little House grows into big mystery By Jane Smith The bright yellow cottage that sits on East Ocean Avenue in Boynton Beach remains empty, more than nine months after its renovation was finished. Its former owner, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board, talked about options for the future at its November meeting. “They are attempting to find another tenant after the Living Room deal fell through,” said Michael Simon, CRA executive director. The current owners, Richard Lucibella and Barbara Ceuleers, had planned to lease the restaurant to Lisa Mercado, who ran the Living Room eatery on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach. She wanted to call the 480 Ocean Ave. restaurant Fork Play, and serve light bites, craft beers and wine. But Mercado decided to take a much-needed holiday and spend a few months in Hawaii. The Living Room landlord didn’t want to allow anyone other than Mercado to run that restaurant, she said. That’s why it closed after more than 10 years. Mercado wants to operate Fork Play at a reasonable rent and is willing to give the Little House owners a percentage of the profits. Lucibella declined to comment about Mercado’s proposal. “We don’t have a reverter clause in this contract,” Simon told the CRA board members. The agency used that clause to claw back the Magnuson House after the previous owner held the property for nearly 18 months but never moved forward with plans to convert the historic home into a restaurant. “The restaurant has an extremely high asking rent,” Simon said at the meeting, speaking of the 480 Ocean site. The owners are asking $61.52 per square foot, or
$90,000 a month, according to the listing on the commercial real estate website LoopNet. Lucibella, a former vice mayor of Ocean Ridge, said his real estate broker set the price based on comparable rents in the area. He and Ceuleers paid $335,000 for the cottage, locally known as the Little House, the original restaurant’s name, to the Boynton Beach CRA. Since the April 2016 purchase, they installed a metal roof, enclosed the porch with impact windows and made other upgrades. Despite all that work, the small restaurant with 1,463 square feet remains empty. “Ocean Avenue development has had a lot of twists and turns during the past 30 years,” Lucibella said. “It’s difficult to rent when you’re the first business in that area. We have a lot of interest, but when we show the property the restaurateurs have second thoughts about the area.” In June, the six-story 500 Ocean apartment complex opened across Southeast Fourth Street from the Little House. The apartment complex has 17,000 square feet of commercial space. The available bays vary in size up to 2,498 square feet and asking rents range from $20 to $29 a square foot, according to LoopNet. Kim Fitzgerald, the Crossman and Co. broker who has the listing, said 5,700 square feet, or about 34 percent, is leased to three tenants: a Colombian/Peruvian restaurant, a hair salon and a nail salon. She expects the businesses to open next spring. CRA board member Justin Katz does not want the agency to own the Little House again. “Under no circumstances should the CRA take it back,” Katz said at the agency’s Nov. 13 meeting. But if the owners try to sell the Little House, the CRA holds the right of first refusal to purchase it, said Steven Grant, CRA board chairman. Ú
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Boca Inlet bridge problems persist Mechanical/electrical problems with the Boca Inlet bridge forced Boca Raton police to send Nixle alerts via cell phones and social media six times in the last two weeks of November. “We were telling our residents to avoid the area because the bridge is [temporarily] closed,“ said Jessica Desir, a Boca Raton Police spokeswoman. The short closures caused traffic backups each time. The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the bridge, but it was unclear whether FDOT had plans to do any repairs or maintenance to fix the problems. FDOT did not return several calls seeking comment. RIGHT: The bridge opens for a boat on Nov. 24. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star Residents in the area were further inconvenienced because the Camino Real bridge closed for repairs in April. That bridge, initially planned to reopen in April 2019, is now set to reopen in July, according to Andres Atehortua, the project administrator for the repair work.
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Boynton school’s golf event raises more than $14,000
St. Joseph’s Episcopal School’s parent network had its second Jaguar Classic golf tournament to raise money for upgrading and making improvements to the Boynton Beach campus. The event brought out 80 participants to the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach for a morning of play and then lunch. More than $14,000 was generated.
Winners of Community Inclusion Awards named
The Unicorn Children’s Foundation-sponsored Special Needs Advisory Coalition Palm Beach County’s Community Inclusion Awards recognized several unsung heroes for their efforts at building a better and more inclusive community for special-needs children and families. Among the winners: David Lagnado was named Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civic Engagement Volunteer of the Year; Gulfstream Goodwill Industries won the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County Innovation & Collaboration of the Year Award; and Jay Van Vechten, director of the Boating & Beach Bash for People with
Disabilities, won as Direct Service Professional of the Year. The Arc of Palm Beach County’s Torika Davis was named Respite Care Companion of the Year, and the award for Employee of the Year went to Stephanie Soplop, of the Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department. Many other awards were given.
Milagro Center children to receive iPads
The Delray Beach Initiative’s Delray Country Hoedown raised more than $22,500 for the Milagro Center. Proceeds will be used to purchase iPads. The country-themed party was a big hit for the 180 in attendance. After a buffet dinner, guests danced, enjoyed a pie-eating contest, tried their hand at ring toss and bid in the silent auction. The Delray Beach Initiative has raised $180,000 for the center’s children in the last five years. Send news and notes to Amy Woods at flamywoods@ bellsouth.net.
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By Amy Woods Guests at Sandoway Discovery Center’s Carols & Cocktails in the Garden can expect a sea of white lights on the front patio, an abundance of holiday decorations inside and live music with which to enjoy food and drinks. The Dec. 6 event will raise money for the nonprofit, whose mission entails spreading the message of coastal conservation and educating children about it. “It’s a very successful evening,” board member Kelly Barrette said. “It’s fun and it’s casual and the ticket price isn’t too high.” Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers for the three-hour affair that includes a pop-up shop by Delray Beach’s Coco & Co. The goal is to bring in $5,000. An estimated 120 are expected to attend. “It’s mostly an awareness event to get people to come out to see the Sandoway,” Barrette said. Evan Orellana, director of education, agreed. “We show the center off,” Orellana said. “It’s a fundraiser, but we’re also looking for the community to become more of a steward of the environment.” The center is a historically significant piece of property
Sandoway Discovery Center leaders promote the Carols & Cocktails in the Garden fundraiser: (l-r) director of education Evan Orellana, naturalist Amanda Clough, Executive Director Danica Sanborn and board member Kelly Barrette. Photo provided that dates to 1936 and is noted for its New England-style clapboard construction. In 1995, it was saved from demolition and renovated by the center’s Friends group as a beachfront home-turned-nature museum. Students visit the site to learn about marine life and habitat. “We teach them about marine science, marine conservation, marine biology, ecology — just everything about nature,” said Orellana, noting
that most of the students come from Title I schools. “This is one of their first exposures to nature, to sharks, to animals that they only read about in books or see at the movies. They’re just amazed. Their mouths are open. They’re just shocked that these animals exist and are alive.” The center’s mission also entails educating children about climate change and, to that end, Sandoway received a
three-year, $62,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties to create a class called Our Changing Earth. “We are so excited to be able to bring environmental education to the children that need it the most,” said Danica Sanborn, the center’s executive director. “We hope to inspire the next generation to conserve and protect our natural resources.” Ú
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What: Carols & Cocktails in the Garden When: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 Where: Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach Cost: $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers Information: 274-7263 or www.sandoway.org
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Celebrations Helping Hands appreciation ceremony Boca Raton Marriott — Oct. 20
Boca Helping Hands had a special ceremony to thank past and present supporters and volunteers. The organization honored Arthur Remillard Jr., who made the Boca Helping Hands Remillard Family Resource Center possible. ‘Boca Helping Hands does such important work in the community, and it’s much more than a soup kitchen,’ Remillard said. ABOVE: (l-r) Greg Hazle, Remillard and Gary Peters. Photo provided
Empty Bowls VIP reception
Old School Square, Delray Beach — Oct. 25
Nearly 150 guests kicked off the Empty Bowls Delray Beach benefit scheduled for Dec. 2. All proceeds from the family-friendly event will go to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. The VIP reception celebrated event leadership, including Honorary Chairwomen Brenda Medore and Leanne Adair and Chairwoman Patty Jones, as well as sponsors, committee heads and board members. LEFT: (l-r) Adair, Jones, Karen Erren and Medore. RIGHT: Billy and Shelly Himmelrich. Photos provided by CAPEHART
Go Blue Awards Luncheon
Kravis Center, West Palm Beach — Oct. 26 Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s 10th annual event featured celebrity Jeff Corwin as keynote speaker. Businesses, nonprofits and men and women who have championed a blue lifestyle of marine conservation were recognized. The Blue Friend of the Year Award went to Jacquelyn Kingston for her work in sea turtle conservation, environmental education and the implementation of the Responsible Pier Initiative at the Boynton Inlet. Kingston runs the nonprofit Sea Turtle Adventures and has been monitoring local beaches for 18 years. RIGHT: Kingston (in blue dress) with her family (l-r) Colin, Joan and Patrick Lorne. Photo provided
Red Reef Park, Boca Raton — Oct. 20
A Princely Affair Luncheon and Performance Boca Raton Resort & Club — Oct. 28
Hundreds of supporters gathered to enjoy gumbo and support the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. The day featured tastings by local restaurants, live music, games and raffles. ‘Attendees enjoyed this fun, unique, green event that also raised money for a beloved community jewel, Gumbo Limbo,’ said Brandon Canute, development manager for the nonprofit Friends of Gumbo Limbo. ABOVE: (l-r standing) Joseph Cooper, Steven Abrams and Samantha Danchuk with Gordon Gilbert. Photo provided
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Boca Ballet Theatre’s 27th annual event successfully kicked off the 2018-19 season by raising awareness and support for the nonprofit. The afternoon included dining, dancing and raffle prizes and began with a mimosa social hour and a silent auction. Proceeds will assist the company in continuing to enhance the cultural landscape of the community. ABOVE: (l-r) Vanessa Boltz, Andrea Doyle, Honorary Chairwoman Arlene Herson, guest artist Georgina Pazcoguin, Andrea Virgin and Patricia Ramudo. RIGHT: Elizabeth Dudley with guest artist Sterling Baca. Photos provided by Boca Ballet Theatre
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Celebrations Women of Grace Luncheon Delray Beach Marriott — Nov. 5
Bethesda Hospital Foundation celebrated its 19th annual event with more than 500 attendees gathered to honor six local women whose service enriches and inspires the community. Nearly $200,000 was raised. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Pediatric Development, which offers children a full range of rehabilitative services, including the Intensive Feeding Program. ABOVE: (l-r) Jennifer Perigord, Brianna Sullivan, Jennifer Sherm, Isabelle Fontaine, Lindsay Simpson, Taylor Thomas and Amanda LaPlante. RIGHT: Dudley Talbot with Nicole Sheehan. Photo provided
Capital Campaign Kickoff
Tri-County Animal Rescue League, Boca Raton — Oct. 3
Tri-County Animal Rescue League, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, announced a 64,000-square-foot campus buildout during an event for supporters, several of whom made financial commitments to the $10 million project. The money will enable the organization to expand both services and space. ‘The new campus will allow us to provide our rescue animals with the rehabilitation and care that they need and develop strong community support and aid for low-income pet owners,’ said Sharon DiPietro, board chairwoman. ABOVE: DiPietro with Barbara Schmidt. Photo provided
Walk of Recognition
The Addison, Boca Raton — Nov. 7
Culture & Cocktails
The Colony, Palm Beach — Nov. 5
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County saw 180 in attendance at the 14th season kickoff of its popular social series. The first conversation featured filmmaker Doug Liman, whose movies include ‘The Bourne Identity’ with Matt Damon and ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Liman was interviewed by his mother, Ellen Liman, a painter. LEFT: Julie and Nathan Slack. RIGHT: Christine Bucher with Scott Teich. Photos provided by Jacek Photo
Pride & Prosecco
Delray Beach Public Library — Nov. 1
The 22nd annual induction ceremony and reception by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum honored two leaders and one institution. More than 150 guests celebrated the philanthropic endeavors of Dick Reed, Rita Thrasher and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. As a new addition, this year’s winners received a special medallion, and this year’s institution winner received a special desktop award. ABOVE: Thrasher by her Walk of Recognition star. Photo provided by Michele Eve Sandberg The intimate evening, a modern twist on a ladies night, took place among the stacks at the nonprofit library on Atlantic Avenue, featuring specialty cocktails, dinner by the bite and vendor shopping. Nearly $8,000 was raised to support outreach programs. ABOVE: (l-r) Therese Snyder, Ari Kobren, Chiara Clark and Ali Levin. Photo provided by Angie Meyers
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Iconic Banana Boat has been docked in Boynton for 40 years
ot much was happening in what would become the downtown of Boynton Beach back in 1978. Drift boats, commercial fishing boats, and charters owned the waterways and tied up at the marinas scattered along the waterfront. Society types dined at Busch’s Seafood on State Road A1A. But the working population’s watering hole was Two Georges, basically just a bar with rustic tables made of old wire spools, set back on Sixth Street in the pocket marina northwest of the Ocean Avenue bridge. John Therien, a successful restaurateur in Fort Lauderdale with the original Banana Boat, saw opportunity here for an “authentic Florida” waterfront bar and grill. “My dad had three other partners, and they eventually built seven Banana Boats in Broward. But each one had their own goals and dreams and it got to be too much. So they sold the partnership,” said Luke Therien, the second of John’s three sons. “He moved to Boynton Beach. It was quieter here and he was getting closer to retirement. He found a great piece of property on the waterfront, and thought it was the next big area to grow.”
The Banana Boat last remodeled in 2017, expanding its dock area. It serves a mix of tourists and local residents. Photo provided All his predictions came true, and last month the Banana Boat celebrated its 40-year anniversary. Though John died in 2015, his sons continue with his plans, expanding on them. Luke describes it as a “drastically different place” from its initial format. Plans in 1978 were that the Banana Boat, with its water views, would offer a lounge and dining room for locals, and
eventually, docks for boating customers. “In the original concept, it was to serve a working-class community. It was more of a bar and grill,” he said. “In 1978, Boynton Beach was a farming and fishing community. Working-class people who came in for a cocktail after work, happy hour. You could come in and get a sandwich and a drink for a reasonable price.” It didn’t
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attract winter tourists or beach residents, he said — more locals. Today, he says, “there’s a tremendous tourist business, seasonal people, country club, beach residents” — and working-class types, young and old, all in a mix dining and drinking at the Banana Boat. In 1978, the menu was much smaller — as were the checks. A burger was a whopping $2, and conch chowder, a buck. There
were mountains pictured on the menu behind a sailboat. Today, the burger will set you back $12.95, and a crock of conch chowder, $6.50. The menu is much larger, with a variety of fresh seafood, steaks, and contemporary “bowls.” It remains family-run, with a Therien on site daily. “My older brother, Pierre, and my younger brother, Gilles, worked there from the beginning. I didn’t
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The Banana Boat’s original menu. Photo provided start until 1996,” Luke said. The staff that began as “about 25” has grown to 130 or so in season. It’s been a loyal one, too, Luke says. Oscone Roger, assistant chef, has been on board for 37 years; senior cook Pierre Lombard for 34, and senior cook Andre Demesmin for 29. Another 25 employees have been with the restaurant more than a decade. The workers have changed, too, in their makeup. “They used to be working-class people, working 70- to 80-hour work weeks,” Luke said. “Now, we have certified professional chefs, college-educated managers, college students working for their degrees and young people with families who are making this their profession. “They work 40-hour work weeks and it is treated as a profession.” The Banana Boat was renovated in 2000 during a multimillion-dollar makeover of the waterfront area; about 1,000 square feet was added to its footprint. A new Ocean Avenue bridge replaced the 1935 one, and Marina Village, a mix of condos and retail spaces, was created in the former laid-back pocket. “We renovated again just recently — 2017 — and added docks on the north side. That’s the first time we’ve had docks there,” Luke Therien said.
Over the years, notable visitors have left behind great stories, though “none I can tell,” said Luke, laughing and playing the diplomat. There’s no sign of slowing. The family stays busy, as it also owns Prime Catch, a seafood restaurant on the water at the Woolbright bridge. “We’ve embraced the service industry down here,” Luke said. “We take a lot of pride in it.” The restaurant team is active in community affairs and charity work. The Theriens all live in Boynton and spend their time here, though they’re originally from Montreal. Luke is especially pleased in how the downtown has grown, yet maintained its character by keeping family-owned restaurants around its core. “That’s more representative of what the Boynton Beach downtown always was,” he said. “A fishing village.” Boynton Beach bid a sudden farewell in October to Torchio’s Finer Meats and Deli, a longtime favorite of many on Woolbright Road west of Interstate 95. The meat market and deli opened 40 years ago, and though no longer owned by the Torchio family, was a popular spot for lunch and pickup dinners. Customers stood in line
for Italian subs, salads, pastas and more; both everyday and special-occasion meats and prepared dishes as well as desserts were picked up for parties. Owner Richard Walker closed the deli with no notice — just a handwritten sign on the door posted Oct. 25 that it was closed, explaining only, “It’s time for us to move on.” On her Boynton History blog, Janet DeVries Naughton writes of its closing, reminiscing: “I remember the store well, its spicy aroma and busy atmosphere. Cases of meat — prime rib, hamburger, veal cutlet, and sausage — fresh-ground homemade Italian sausage. Dry goods and vegetables displayed on shelves, in baskets and refrigerated cases, some homemade pies, and a full-service deli counter. My mom used to refer to it as ‘the stinky store,’ a term of endearment that goes back to the Italian butcher and delicatessen we used to visit in Chicago.” Nora Hoover, who lives within walking distance of the deli, had been shopping there for years. “Torchio’s was a family-run business that treated everyone like their own family. They watched our daughter grow up — and always recognized our voices on the phone. Our favorites were the Italian sandwiches,” she said. Julie Houston Trieste also lived close by as a girl, and rode her bike to the deli. Though not a regular whose name they knew, she loved it and was particularly fond of the stuffed pork chops. “They were divine!” Naughton urges residents to patronize family-owned shops, saying Torchio’s closing is proof that “some day, they won’t be there. You’ll be lucky if there’s a kind note left on the door.”
Miracle’s Christmas Carol drink is made from barrel-aged rum and other ingredients. Photo provided In brief: Blue Ocean Poke will be coming to the former Beer Trade location on South Federal in Boca Raton this winter. Poke is a pan-Asian bowl concept popular as a Hawaiian street food. … Don Chepo’s taco shop officially opened in Boca at The Boardwalk of Boca Raton Shops on Powerline Road and Southwest 18th Street. This is more street food, tacos as sold in stalls and off trucks come to a brick and mortar. Two-dollar tacos are sold on Tuesdays. … Through Dec. 31, Miracle, a
pop-up bar, will operate at Death or Glory in Delray Beach, with a second one at West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. Special holiday cocktails are available, and they’re poured in special glassware that, if purchased, means a donation for the charity Action Against Hunger. Jan Norris can be reached at nativefla@ gmail.com. Thom Smith is on leave.
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Continued from page AT1 All of that happens in Delray Beach, which over the years has established itself as a mecca for the sport. “Between the professional tournaments and my charity event, the word is getting out,” said Chris Evert, whose Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic celebrated its 20th renewal at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in November. “It just continues to grow.” Serena Williams helped establish the area’s tennis reputation, and 14-year-old Delray Beach native Cori “Coco” Gauff continues to expand upon it. Serena and sister Venus moved to Delray in 1991 to train under coach Rick Macci at both Pompey Park and the 40-court facility south of Linton Boulevard now known as ProWorld Tennis Academy. And when Serena came to the Delray Beach Tennis Center to shoot a commercial in late October, she saw Gauff, the No. 5-ranked junior player in the world, and struck up a conversation. “She just came over to congratulate Coco on her success,” said Gauff’s father and coach, Corey Gauff. “Coco has always looked up to her and continues to look up to her, so it’s nice she took the time to come over and say hello.” And Serena, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, isn’t the only world-class player you might spot at the tennis center. Kevin Anderson, 32, who is No. 6 in the world ATP rankings and reached the finals of the 2017 U.S. Open and 2018 Wimbledon, moved to Delray in 2012 and over to Gulf Stream in 2013 and trains at the center on a regular basis. “The facilities are wonderful and accommodate players from beginners all the way up to my level on the ATP Tour,” Anderson said. “I’ve brought players from other parts of the world to come down and train with me in Delray Beach. With the facilities coupled with a great town it’s an easy sell. People know Delray Beach for its wonderful restaurants, beaches, friendly residents and gorgeous weather.” Osaka, who is No. 5 in the WTA rankings, trains at ProWorld. So do a number of other up-and-coming women’s players such as 20-year-old Sofia Kenin, who is ranked No. 52 in the world and sixth among Americans. “These young, emerging players are creating a lot of talk in the tennis world,” said Lorenzo Cava, 32, who bought the resort six years ago and plans to modernize it. “We’ve been getting contacted a lot because of these players. In the (tennis) magazines the words ‘Delray Beach’ always show up.” The renaissance of Delray Beach tennis actually began on the same site more than 40 years ago. In the late 1970s Ian
TOP: Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff, seen winning the Junior French Open in 2018, trains at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. ABOVE: U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka is among other top players who train in the Delray Beach area. Photos provided Laver, a second cousin to the legendary Australian star Rod Laver, opened Laver’s International Tennis Resort, and in 1985 launched the Lipton International Players Tournament — offering $1.8 million in prize money, exceeded at the time only by Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The tournament moved to Boca West in 1986 and to Key Biscayne in 1987, where it ran until this year. In 2019 the Miami Open will move to Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium. After the 8,200-seat stadium court was built at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in 1992, the Virginia Slims tour staged women’s events there from 1993 to 1995, Steffi Graf winning all three titles. But a ban on cigarette advertising by the U.S. Tennis Association ended the tour, and the stadium court soon lost its only high-profile tenant. Brahm Dubin, the husband of Evert’s sister Jeanne, got to work, first persuading Chris to move her charity event there in 1998, then calling Mark Baron, who was mulling a change in venue for an ATP event he had staged in Coral Springs since 1992, to come take a look. “When I got the call, I had never heard of Delray,” said Baron, who lived in Plantation at the time. “So I drove up, and before I met with anybody I came to the stadium, went to the very top, sat down and saw the ocean. That did it. It really did.”
Turnaround took time
Baron recalled that the Delray Beach downtown of 26 years ago was a long way from achieving the All-America City status it would receive in 1993, 2001 and 2017. “The town was not really in a
good situation,” he said. “People were not coming to Atlantic Avenue then. A lot of stores were boarded up and there was crime.” He got an inkling of just what he was up against when he staged his first tournament in early 1999. “The first day, the first hour, I was outside and I heard gunshots. Called the police,” he said. “It took us five years before we saw the light. But we worked hard.” With just under 69,000 residents, Delray Beach is one of the smallest cities to host an ATP event. The 2019 Delray Beach Open will be Feb. 15-24. While its prize money and prestige fall short of tournaments such as the Miami Open, its list of past champions is impressive, including Juan Martin Del Potro (2011), Anderson (2012), Sam Querrey (2016) and rising American star Frances Tiafoe (2018). Margie Walden, a member of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, who is a native of Argentina, said Del Potro’s victory put Delray Beach on the map in the country in which both were born. “I have cousins who had never heard of Delray Beach, but once Del Potro started playing here they all wanted to come here,” she said. “It’s amazing. The winter in Argentina is summer here, so that provides us the ability to market to a whole country at a time we need people to be here.” Dubin wasn’t done with his marketing efforts. He forged a relationship with USTA executive Jeff Ryan, who is in charge of team events, and got to work on landing Davis Cup and Federation Cup bids. “So Jeff Ryan came down and fell in love with the city,” said
Sharon Painter, CEO of the JCD Sports Group, which has run the tennis center since 1994. Delray Beach hosted the second round of the Davis Cup in 2004, in which the U.S. defeated Sweden 4-1 on its way to a runner-up finish to Spain. The following year brought a first-round match in the Federation Cup, at which the U.S. defeated Belgium 5-0. The U.S. women blanked Belgium again 5-0 in another first-round Fed Cup meeting in 2007 in Delray. Painter feels Dubin, who died at age 56 in 2006, deserves much of the credit for making Delray Beach a household name in tennis circles. “Golfers know Pebble Beach, they know Torrey Pines,” she said. “In tennis that’s Delray Beach. What is that worth?”
Getting a summer boost
Walden, of the county Sports Authority, has some answers to that question. Walden reported that data reported to the county in 2016-17 revealed tennis events were responsible for close to 6,000 hotel room nights and an economic impact exceeding $10 million. Much of that came in the typically slow summer months, when Baron’s group, Players International Management, runs a steady flow of junior events from May through October. This past July it staged the USTA Boys 16 and 18 Clay Court Championships at six venues in Delray Beach and Boca Raton. With each player typically bringing along parents, siblings and coaches, Walden said that produced another $5
million economic windfall. “The hotels love us, the restaurants love us,” Baron said. “Where the tournament goes, so does all these events. If we were to ever move, we have a great economic and marketing package for anybody to change their whole city.” Baron would prefer to move forward than move out, however, and has been in contact with city, county and state officials about a bold plan: tearing down the 26-year-old stadium and building a new one with a retractable roof and adding a hotel and office building on the property. “The city has been stagnant over the past few years, and this could be the biggest force of change for the next 15, 25 years,” he said. “A stadium with a retractable roof would allow us to do other things, to book it for events 50-100 days a year. It could be the biggest force to change this city.” Other forces are at work, meanwhile, to expand on Delray’s love of tennis into other racket sports. Walden said a racquetball facility has been approved at Veterans Park and a new sport, beach tennis, is being played on the beach volleyball courts near the east end of Atlantic Avenue. Then there’s pickleball. Courts have been installed at the tennis center, and Walden said a tournament hastily put together last year drew more than 400 participants and accounted for 254 hotel room nights. A bigger tournament is planned for 2020. For all that, however, with more than 60 courts east of Interstate 95 serving everyone from recreational players to the world’s best, it’s tennis more than anything else that has given Delray Beach its reputation. “It’s great that people all over the world can turn on their televisions in February and see our great town on display during the Delray Beach Open,” Anderson said. “The fact it has continued to attract some of the top players in our sport year after year is a testament to our town as a whole. Delray Beach loves tennis and tennis loves it right back.” Ú
Tennis stars rally for Grand Slam Cause for the Paws Sebastien Grosjean, brothers Bob and Mike Bryan and comedian Michael Kosta are scheduled to join world No. 6-ranked Kevin Anderson of Gulf Stream at the second annual Grand Slam Cause for the Paws on Dec. 15 at Boca Grove Plantation Tennis Center. Grosjean reached No. 4 in the world and played on France’s championship Davis Cup teams, while the Bryans are the winningest doubles team in tennis history. Kosta, who played collegiate tennis with Anderson at Illinois and formerly played on the ATP Tour, is a regular on the Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Anderson, who reached the finals of the U.S. Open in 2017 and Wimbledon earlier this year, raised over $34,000 at his one-night charity event in Chicago last year. He is moving it this year to south Palm Beach County, where he has resided with his wife, Kelsey, since 2012. The Andersons adopted a dog from Dezzy’s Second Chance at the Delray Beach Green Market in early 2017, and all proceeds will be donated to that shelter. For more information, contact Jennifer Jolly at Boca Grove Plantation, 487-5300, ext. 186, or visit www.andersoncause.org. — Brian Biggane
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Puppets grace the stage with this Beauty and Beast
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Danielle Bowen stars as Belle and Zach Nadolski is the Beast in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production. Photo by Jason Nuttle
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All of the musical’s inanimate objects and magical moments will be portrayed by one-of-a-kind puppets brought to life by Eric Wright, 37, and his company, Puppet Kitchen International, which also created the puppets for the Maltz’s productions of The King and I in 2014 and the following year for The Wiz. “Puppetry represents the magic in the show,” says Wright, who co-founded his company in 2008. “All the enchanted characters in the story are represented by puppets. “Reality is elevated by the use of these puppets,” he adds, giving credit to Julie Taymor and her production of The Lion King, which he says opened people’s eyes to appreciating puppetry as an art form. “Beauty and the Beast is a story that lives in many people’s minds,” he says. “Our challenge is to tell the story in a different way and highlight the special kind of magic that only puppets can impart.” Tartaglia, who currently stars as Kip on Word Party, an animated series on Netflix created by the Jim Henson
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t’s that time of year again, when the holiday calendar gets crowded with arts activities to put everyone in the mood for the season. This month, we have two calendars: one of the non-holiday events and one devoted just to seasonal offerings.
With the Broadway successes of Avenue Q, War Horse and King Kong, puppetry is having an extended moment. For an art form dating back to 3000 BCE, it’s getting its due as puppets take center stage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s current production of Beauty and the Beast, the fairy tale of a young maiden who falls in love with a prince-turnedbeast who can be freed only by her love. “Reimaging and reenvisioning the show is a way to have people come back to a story they love, but may have seen before,” says Maltz’s CEO and producing artistic director, Andrew Kato, whose mother was a puppeteer. The show runs through Dec. 16. The production, adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ 1991 Academy Awardwinning animated musical film, is directed by acclaimed puppeteer John Tartaglia, who began his career as a puppeteer for Sesame Street at age 16 and earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in the dual roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue
Here are some of the notable holiday happenings in the performing arts:
Saturday, Dec. 1 Delray Beach Chorale: The choir presents Sing a Joyful Song, a program of holiday selections including Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio, Hasse’s Laudate Coeli Dominum and, in honor of his centennial, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. 7 pm, Olympic Heights High School, Boca Raton. Tickets: $25 ($10 students); visit delraybeachchorale.org. Saturday, Dec. 1; Thursday, Dec. 13-Sunday, Dec. 16 Ballet Palm Beach: Colleen Smith’s Palm Beach Gardens-based company mounts its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. 2 pm and 7:30 pm Dec. 1, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach; 7 pm Dec. 13 and 14, 1 pm and 7 pm Dec. 15, 4 pm Dec. 16, Page Family Center, The King’s Academy, West Palm Beach. Kravis tickets: 832-7469
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or kravis.org; King’s Academy tickets: 888718-4253 or TKAfinearts.net. Tuesday, Dec. 4; Sunday, Dec. 9 Symphony of the Americas: James Brooks-Bruzzese’s orchestra presents two Holiday Music and Movies concerts, featuring orchestral music traditionally associated with the season (Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker) and music from some favorite Hollywood seasonal flicks (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). 7:45 pm Tuesday and 3 pm Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. 954462-0222, browardcenter.org, or sota.org. Thursday, Dec. 6 Seraphic Fire: The Miami-based concert choir returns to Boca Raton for the first
of multiple performance of its annual Christmas concert, featuring contemporary and classic songs including a favorite of this choir and its audiences: Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree. 7:30 pm, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton. Tickets: $60. 305-285-9060 or seraphicfire. org. Barry Manilow: The pop songwriter and pianist who broke into worldwide in the early 1970s presents A Very Barry Christmas. 8 pm, American Airlines Arena, Miami. Tickets $55.75 & up; ticketmaster.com or aaarenacom.
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Get into the Renaissance spirit with lively madrigal dinner
By Dale King Contributing Writer Though the number has likely dwindled over the centuries, the modern world contains 26 monarchies, a fascinating network of kings, queens, sultans, emperors and emirs who reign over 43 countries. In the manner of Brigadoon, a kingdom will make a singleevening appearance this month when the royal friends of Owlslyshire Castle gather for their annual holiday tradition of pageantry and entertainment, a savory feast and period songs. The Department of Music at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters rekindles the festivities of a feudal celebration when it presents its eighth annual Madrigal Dinner on Dec. 15 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. “The event reflects a Renaissance evening full of spectacle and entertaining, including a court jester, wandering minstrels and other characters, as well as delicious succulent food and extraordinary music,” said Patricia Fleitas, professor of music and director of choral and vocal studies at FAU. “Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume and share the magic of this
If You Go FAU’s Madrigal Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Tickets: $100 (includes reception, dinner, drinks, and a $55 tax-deductible gift to FAU’s Choral and Vocal Studies Program). Reservations required; go to fauf.fau.edu/madrigal Info: Gail Vorsas, 297-2337 or email@example.com
Costumes and period songs are part of the madrigal dinner experience. Photo provided tradition,” she added. Courtly guests are invited to join the university’s royal community as it revels in a masquerade theme. Madelyn Savarick, a Boca Raton philanthropist and supporter of cultural arts, has underwritten the event’s costs. Since she joined the faculty, Fleitas’ primary goal has been to develop and cultivate all facets of the choral and vocal curriculum and performance ensembles at FAU. Among her duties, she conducts the University Chamber Singers and brought the concept of a madrigal experience to FAU. Fleitas said she conducted Renaissance musical festivities
while on the faculty at Texas A&M University. “I went to a meeting at St. Gregory’s Church. As I looked around, I said, ‘This would be a good place to have a madrigal dinner. It is intimate and not ultra-modern.’” She said her colleagues at FAU embraced the idea and some have jumped in to assist. “I co-direct the event with my colleague Stacie Rossow. She takes care of the minstrels on the floor and I work with the singers. We also have an adjunct professor, Monica Hidalgo, who helps.” Fleitas said the student performers will sing Renaissance-era songs from the
Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Ten to 15 students will take part; the madrigals have four or five voice parts and may be sung either a cappella or with accompaniment from a harpsichord, harp, violin or brass quintet. Some of the 16th-century secular madrigals on the program will have a Christmas twist, while others mark the observance of Hanukkah. “We are excited to continue this fun tradition at FAU,” said Fleitas. “The dinner is modeled after the feasts of the Renaissance when lords and ladies of large manors would prepare huge holiday
celebrations.” Following a cocktail hour, guests will be invited into the dining room and seated at their tables. The king and queen will then enter the room leading a procession of their noble guests, which will include FAU’s Madrigal Singers, costumed true to the period. A full-course meal will be served with instrumental fanfares announcing meal courses and events. Following dinner, a concert of seasonal and madrigal music will entertain guests. While meal portions are based on Renaissance fare — including a wassail bowl and bread pudding — vegetarian dinners are also available.
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Continued from page 9 company, and Hank in Julie’s Greenroom (starring Julie Andrews) and who played Lumière on Broadway, says, “Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney animated feature of all time. Having the chance to direct this reimagined version is a dream come true.” The production features 19 cast members, an 11-piece orchestra and approximately 50 puppets. It stars Danielle Bowen as Belle and Zach Nadolski as the Beast, along with South Florida performers Anna McNeely as Madame De La Grande Bouche, and multiple Carbonell Award winner Laura Turnbull as Mrs. Potts. The show is choreographed by Shannon Lewis, who choreographed the new musical The Secret Silk, by Stephen Schwartz and Tartaglia, and the film Stuck, starring Amy Madigan, Giancarlo Esposito, and Ashanti. “One of the highlights for me was working with the super-skilled and talented John Tartaglia and choreographer Shannon Lewis,” Wright said. “They’ve communicated something wonderful to the audience.” Kato says he knew Tartaglia was the right man for the job. “John has taken the show in an exciting and transformational direction,” says Kato, who believes his is the first regional theater to incorporate puppets with this
Puppeteer and actor John Tartaglia (Sesame Street, Avenue Q), director of the Maltz’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, poses with the puppet character Lumière. Photo by Matthew Murphy musical. “Puppetry is a great way to tell a story,” Kato says. “With puppets as part of the storytelling process, audiences can lean in and become more involved. It’s a joyous experience for both kids and adults and lets them re-activate their imagination.”
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Beauty and the Beast runs through Dec. 16 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets: $60 & up. Info: 575-2223 or jupitertheatre.org.
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Banksy takes Miami: Elusive artist’s work in a blockbuster exhibit
By Sandra Schulman ArtsPaper Art Writer Exhibiting art without permission? Two can play that game. The work of Banksy, the mysterious British street artist, will be featured in an exhibit coming to Magic City in Miami that opens Dec. 1. It is organized by Banksy’s former art dealer Steve Lazarides, with whom he had a falling-out a decade ago. But Lazarides has more than 80 pieces Banksy created for sanctioned sale. Not all of his work is rogue street art that makes headlines more for its audaciousness than its merit. “Commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist. We’re not supposed to be embraced in that way. When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people, it’s hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity,” Banksy said in an interview with the now defunct Village Voice. But something finances trips around the world and the creation of everything from a live painted elephant, to a theme park called Dismaland Bemusement Park, to a remote-controlled shredding
LEFT: Girl and Balloon, which was famously shredded in a ‘prank’ after being purchased at auction in October. ABOVE: Because I’m Worthless and Get Out While You Can are two other examples of the iconoclastic artist’s work. Photos provided of a piece at auction that sold for more than $1 million. The shredded auction work stunt was his most viral one yet. A few seconds after the close of a Sotheby’s auction Oct. 5, a framed original spray-paint on canvas of Girl and Balloon (2006) started buzzing and moved down the bottom of the gaudy large gilded frame through a builtin hidden shredder. It stopped halfway, but was supposed to go all the way through and flutter in strips to the floor, but no matter — the value
and the artist’s visibility increased the bottom line all the way. “Banksy pranked the insidious auction world and disrupted the flow of capital — if only for an evening,” New York magazine critic Jerry Saltz tweeted. “I’m not a Banksy fan but this made me want to dance barefoot with him.” Of the exhibit coming our way, the artist writes on Banksy’s official website: “Banksy is NOT ... represented by Steve Lazarides
or any other commercial gallery. Members of the public should be aware there has been a recent spate of Banksy exhibitions, none of which are consensual. They‘ve been organized entirely without the artist’s knowledge or involvement. Please treat them accordingly.” Then there are two columns of “REAL” and “FAKE” exhibitions on his site. Miami is not on the list (yet), but considering several of the “fake” exhibitions include tour stops of The Art of Banksy, the list might be updated soon. Lazarides has gone out of his way to be up front about it, noting The Art of Banksy features no art removed from walls. The works come from legit collectors who mostly have the art stored away, and he wants to share them. The official site for the exhibition, which has been traveling the world since early this year, notes that organizers will offer 50,000 free tickets to “at-risk youth and charities” in Miami to see the show. The 20,000-square-foot raw warehouse space in the hot new art district was chosen because it is like the spaces in which Banksy and Steve Lazarides once mounted shows together. The vast collection has generated buzz worldwide in art world cities like Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Auckland and most recently in Toronto. The show’s producer, Corey Ross, founder of Starvox Exhibits, answered some questions for us. Why was Miami chosen for the exhibit? Miami is an art city — known for traditional art, cultural events such as Art Basel, and also as one of the world’s best street art cities. There is no other city that makes as much sense to open this show in the U.S. Add to that the fabulous
If You Go The Art of Banksy runs to Feb. 28 at Magic City Studios, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., Miami. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Monday through Sunday Tickets: $35-$50 Info: banksyexhibit.com
opportunity to be part of the launch of Magic City Studios, and the revitalization of Little Haiti, and you have the perfect location for a Banksy exhibit to have an impact on the community. What may surprise people who see the show? This exhibit is a rare window into the world of Banksy — you see the art he created specifically for collectors, showcased in the way that his major exhibitions between 2003 and 2008 were staged — in raw warehouse space. Add to that the behindthe-scenes stories and actual photographs of Banksy in action that Steve Lazarides provides, and you really do get a special backstage look at the world of Banksy. What do you think it is about Banksy that makes him such a fascinating art world — and beyond — figure? I believe it is a combination of his anonymity, the simplicity of his aesthetic, the humor fused with politics that inspires his work, and finally the audacity of his pranks and stunts — shredding the art, creating Dismaland Bemusement Park, sneaking his art into exhibits. This is what makes him so fascinating. Any chance the artist himself will pop up in Miami to do stealth artwork? There is always a chance. He might be in Miami right now.
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A gallery full of celebrity snap judgments from photographer Edward Steichen By Gretel Sarmiento ArtsPaper Art Writer Actors, writers, dancers, and politicians all dressed to the nines — cane in hand, bobbed cut, slicked hair, bow ties — have shown up at the Flagler Museum for the ultimate afterparty. Missing are the duck pouts, the flashing cameras and the red carpet. Those prone to platonic love or being starstruck, guard your hearts. Everybody looks deliciously attractive in Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography, the latest exhibit to grace the walls of the museum’s galleries. The glamorous dignitaries date back to the 1920s and ’30s, but their presence has never felt stronger. Even the less conventional beauties among the 81 black-and-white vintage prints exude an irresistible confidence. Not bad for an amateur photographer from Milwaukee who sold photographs for less than 50 cents at one point and mastered many hats: portraitist, colorist, illustrator, painter, curator and chief coordinator of combat/ aerial photography units during both World Wars. In a 1932 gelatin silver print, witty writer Sinclair Lewis reclines in an armchair and rests his thumb on his lips, but he is not entirely relaxed. His wrinkled shirt offers a beautiful reading of his recent labor. The smoke emanating from the tucked-away fingers reveals the reward. Two years after this shot, Lewis becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. His unpretentious pose and straightforward glance, however, suggest pride has already settled in. Some form of recognition must have occurred. As we come to find out, Lewis already had received and declined the Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith in 1926. William Butler Yeats, also a Nobel Prize winner, appears in a photograph from the same year. It is a wider shot depicting the great Irish poet and founder of the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin in a single-breasted light suit. The dramatic lighting descends upon his undone white hair, as if annunciating the big contrast with his otherwise immaculate appearance. The shadow covering his eyes makes it impossible to tell whether he is making eye contact, and we don’t dare take a guess. The gravitational pull of these and other prints, such as those depicting Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (ca.1922), Gloria Swanson (1924) and Greta Garbo (1928), is a bit surprising considering the soft quality Steichen employs to deliver them. That
Actress Gloria Swanson, photographed in 1924. Photo courtesy of the George Eastman Museum strong hook is partially the result of intense poses that awake the sitters’ personalities. Then there is the documented trajectory of drama, affairs, and scandals associated with those portrayed. But we are not here to judge. Besides, these icons have already been through the ultimate test: The photographer trapping their allure had nothing further to prove. Decades earlier, Steichen had had the nerve to ask J.P. Morgan to pose for three minutes; an eternity to the busy banker. Being “Steichenized” meant having one’s portrait made by him. Indeed, Steichen was already considered la crème de la crème in the world of photography and close friends with Auguste Rodin and Alfred Stieglitz by 1923, when he became chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair. This was a long way from the days of Camera Work, a quarterly journal that went on to feature more than 65 of his photographs in 15 issues. The readership drawn to his advertising and fashion works — some of which are housed in the back gallery — was far greater than the exclusive crowd devoted to his early, painterly fine-art photographs. One striking inclusion not to be missed in the show running through Jan. 6 is a 1928 portrait of Conductor Leopold Stokowski. The legendary British maestro, known for skipping the baton while conducting, here is portrayed as a mythological God. His tall figure, golden hair and handsome profile appear bathed in light and convey the profound self-awareness enjoyed by the 46-year-old.
If You Go Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography runs through Jan. 6 at the Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $18, $10 children 13-17, $3 children 6-12 Info: 655-2833 or flaglermuseum.us Stokowski, who lived to 95 and appears shaking hands with Mickey in Disney’s Fantasia, served as music director for the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra among various other orchestras. At certain points during the show, a profound sadness imposes. After all, the splendid tap-dancing of Fred Astaire and Louise Brooks’ shiny black hair are no longer so. Charlie Chaplin will never attempt another hat trick again and naughty Marlene Dietrich might have literally turned into a blue angel. As if the afterlife had unlocked a special wisdom, the famous faces featured in Star Power seem to understand not only the attraction to selfrestraint and secrecy but also the need to practice both. They evoke a time when enemies could disagree and still shake hands; when two could walk away from an argument unashamed. The classy air shared by Steichen’s stars stems from a sense of dignity, selfcomposure and mutual respect. Death cannot stop us from admiring them. Wherever they ended up, wherever they went, it won’t be getting crowded.
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Hugh Jackman makes for a conflicted — and compelling — Gary Hart in The Front Runner. Sony Pictures photo
A fallen politician, and rising ballet stars Here are excerpts of recent reviews. For the full reviews, visit palmbeachartspaper.com. The Front Runner (opened Nov. 16) To pinpoint the origins of our country’s obsession with politicians’ carnal misadventures, we need to turn back the clock to before Bill Clinton — but not as far back as JFK. Jason Reitman’s breezy, admirably conflicted The Front Runner makes the case that the turning point in tabloidification of American politics was somewhere between these morefamous cases — specifically May 1987, when Democratic primary candidate Gary Hart’s presidential aspirations came to an ignominious end amid allegations of infidelity. The scandal started, as too many of them do, in South Florida, sending his party’s most serious challenge to the candidacy of George H.W. Bush careening. Hugh Jackman, in a welcome turn from popcorn blockbusters, embodies Hart as an earnest policy wonk with sensible ideas about the economy, jobs, the environment. And then, on a brief sojourn in Miami Beach, he climbs aboard a yacht called Monkey Business and chats with a model enthusiastic about his campaign. One thing leads to another, and before long, a team of Miami Herald reporters has staked out Hart’s Washington, D.C. townhouse, monitoring its visitors’ comings and goings — and confronting Hart in an alley about what they just saw. Reitman and his coscreenwriters, Matt Bai and Jay Carson, acknowledge the hardships Hart’s infidelities play on his family. Vera Farmiga plays Lee Hart as a spouse with a tacit knowledge of her husband’s character flaws, and her performance is both doleful and commanding — she’s cracked but far from broken. Hart’s mistress, Donna Rice (Sara Paxton), is likewise presented as a threedimensional character. There is little effort to probe the psychology of Hart’s philandering, but why should there be? Indeed, The Front Runner is not really about Hart. It’s about media ethics and the birth of what would become
clickbait, prompting us to question the press as much as the candidate. — Palm Beach ArtsPaper staff Miami City Ballet (Nov. 17, Kravis Center) Presenting three standout works from their repertoire, Miami City Ballet was in top form with a solid-gold program that deftly highlighted the crescendoing talent of the dancers. The company took to the stage in Program One with a new level of confidence and maturity without ever losing an ounce of its unbounded energy and delightful freshness. Concerto Barocco and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, two of George Balanchine’s most iconic works, framed Company B, one of Paul Taylor’s most popular dances, set to nine appealing World War IIera songs sung by the Andrews Sisters. In Concerto Barocco, the cast of 11 dancers personified the racing notes heard in the Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach. The lead ballerinas, Ashley Knox and Simone Messmer, executed their steps with beautiful precision and sensitive artistry. The lively Company B was chock-full of engaging characters and interspersed with sensitive images. The tall and willowy Christie Sciturro was a standout in “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” with her rich movement quality, filled with musicality and clarity, as was Ellen Grocki in “Rum and Coca-Cola” with her lovely lines and hips swaying to the calypso rhythms, flirting with a squadron of on-leave soldiers. The Opus One Orchestra, under the baton of Gary Sheldon, was also in top form. Closing the program with Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, the orchestra gave a strong performance that highlighted Francisco Rennó, MCB company pianist. The ballet that Balanchine created to this score was first performed in 1941 by American Ballet Caravan on its goodwill tour of the United States and South America. Prima ballerina Jeanette Delgado, partnered by Rainer Krenstetter, gave a breathtaking performance. — Tara Mitton Catao
Continued from page 9 Friday, Dec. 7 Herb Alpert: The trumpet titan of the 1960s presents a concert called Holiday Wish with his wife Lani Hall, longtime lead vocalist of Sergio Mendes’s Brasil ’66. 8 pm, Kravis Center. Tickets $25 & up. 832-7469 or kravis.org. Saturday, Dec. 8 Robert Sharon Chorale: The West Palm Beach-based community chorus offers Joy!, a program of holiday music. 3 pm Saturday, DeSantis Chapel, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $15. rsharonchorale.com or 561-MUSIC45. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches: The 350-member youth choir presents Winter Dreams, its annual holiday concert. 7:30 pm, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $15. 832-7469 or kravis.org. Sunday, Dec. 9 FAU Chamber Singers: The student group, in collaboration with the Delray Beach Chorale, performs the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. 7 pm, University Theatre, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Tickets: $20. Visit fauevents.com.
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New York Polyphony: The vocal quartet of early music specialists offers songs from its Sing We Nowell recording, holiday music that spans some nine centuries. 3 pm, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. Tickets: $30. 655-7226 or fourarts.org. Lynn Philharmonia: The student orchestra offers its 16th annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert, a fundraiser for the school that includes a big Christmas carol singalong. 3 pm, Boca Raton Resort and Club (come at 2 pm for a visit from Santa Claus); Tickets: $35. Call 237-9000 or visit www. lynn.edu/events. Friday, Dec. 14 Master Chorale of South Florida: Recalling the pre-electronic media days when folks entertained themselves by gathering around a piano to sing, the group presents Cocktails and Carols, billed as an intimate evening of Christmas carols and other holiday music, plus hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. 7 pm, Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Pompano Beach. Tickets: $50; masterchoralofsouthflorida.org. Friday, Dec. 14; Sunday, Dec. 16 Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches: The chorus originally founded by the late Jack Jones presents its annual reading of Handel’s Messiah. 7:30 pm
Friday, Benjamin Upper School Campus, Benjamin School, Palm Beach Gardens; 7 pm Sunday, Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach. Tickets: $25; masterworkspb.org or 845-9696. Saturday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 16 Harid Conservatory: The Boca Raton dance school presents Act II of The Nutcracker along with selections from other ballets. 3 pm both shows, Spanish River High School, Boca Raton. Tickets: $25-$30; call 998-0838 or visit harid.edu. Friday, Dec. 21 The Sound of Music: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1959 musical about
Arts Calendar Note: Events are listed through Jan. 4, 2019, and were current as of Nov. 23. Please check with the presenting agency for any changes. Ticket prices are single sales.
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens: Through Dec. 9: David Kapp: Crossing the Grid, collages and paintings by the New York artist Opens Dec. 19: Murano Mosaic: Persistence and Evolution, contemporary glass art sculptures, with works by Clare Belfrage, Giles Bettison and others. Through Feb. 3. Main gardens are open 10 am-4 pm. W-Sun. $10, $8 students. 832-5328 or ansg.org Armory Art Center: Through Dec. 29: Mankind: What Happened?, works by faculty artist Mark Cohen exploring some of our species’ wretched actions during the past 75 years as a plea for doing better. 9 am-4 pm M-F, 9 am-2 pm Sat. Free admission. 832-1776 or armoryart.orgArt Basel Miami Beach: Runs Dec. 6-9, mostly at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with side art fairs. artbasel. com/miami-beach. Boca Raton Museum of Art: Through March 24: Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State, examining how artists over the past three centuries have seen the state; Daniel Faust: Florida Photos from the 1980s, more than 650 images by the New York photographer; Excuse Me!?! I’m Looking for the Fountain of Youth, videos, photos and installations featuring Mike, an Everyman trying to keep up with contemporary America, by artist Michael Smith. $12, seniors $10, children 12 and under, free. 10 am-5 pm T/W/F; 10 am-8 pm Th; noon-5 pm Sat & Sun. 392-2500, or bocamuseum.org Cornell Art Museum: Through Feb. 16: Tech Effect, works documenting technology’s influence on contemporary art. 10 am-4:30 pm T-Sat; 1-4:30 pm Sun. $8; $5 seniors and students. 243-7922 or oldschoolsquare.org Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: Through Feb. 2: X Marks the Spot, works by 16 graffiti artists. Through Feb. 2. Through Dec. 8: Solo exhibitions by Dorotha Lemeh and Nelson Babilonia. 10 am-5 pm T-Sat; free admission. 471-2901 or palmbeachculture.com Flagler Museum: Through Jan. 6: Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. T-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun. $18. 6552833 or flaglermuseum.us. Lighthouse ArtCenter: Opens Dec. 3: Art of the Figure, works by three native Floridians — Sam Perry, Terry Rybovich and Purvis Young. Through Jan. 5. $10 adults, $5 students over 12. 10 am-4 pm. M-F, 10 am-2 pm Sat & Sun. 746-3101 or lighthousearts.org Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Through March 31: Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture. Museum tickets: $15, $13 seniors, $9 children and college students. 10 am-5 pm. T-Sun. 4950233 or morikami.org NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale: Through May 19: William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions. $12. 11 am-5 pm T-Sat, 11 am-8 pm first Th, noon-5 pm Sun. 954-525-5500 or nsuartmuseum.org.
Paul Cienniwa, music director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, will play Bach’s Goldberg Variations on New Year’s Eve.. Photo provided Society of the Four Arts: Opens Dec. 8: The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, an overview of 43 American chairs that speak volumes about American history and American craftsmanship. Through Jan. 20. $10, free for members. 10 am-5 pm M-Sat, 1 -5 pm Sun 655-7226 or fourarts.org.
Saturday, Dec. 1 Alejandro Deljavan: The celebrated Italian pianist performs works by Chopin (Sonata No. 2, the Op. 17 mazurkas) and Liszt’s epic Sonata in B minor, as well as a nocturne by Italian composer Antonello Tosto. 7:30 pm AmarnickGoldstein Lynn University, Boca Raton. $20. 237-9000 or lynn.edu/events. South Florida Symphony: Sebrina Maria Alfonso opens her orchestra’s season with the young Chinese-born violinist Angelo Xiang Yu playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto. The program also includes the Essay No. 1 of Samuel Barber and Dvořák’s New World Symphony. 7:30 pm, Spanish River Worship Center, Boca Raton. $45 & up. 954-522-8445 or southfloridasymphony.org. Sunday, Dec. 2 Symphonia of Boca Raton: Gerard Schwarz guest-conducts the group, joined by the Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki, who solos in the Concerto No. 20 of Mozart; the same composer’s Linz Symphony (No. 36 in C) is paired with the Sinfonietta of Walter Piston and the Elegy of Elliott Carter. 3 pm, St. Andrew’s School, Boca Raton. $50 & up. 376-3848 or thesymphonia.org. Palm Beach Symphony: Ramón Tebar inaugurates the orchestra’s 45th season with an eclectic dance-inspired program featuring the Master Chorale of South Florida: Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, Ginastera’s Four Dances from his ballet Estancia, and the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. 3 pm, Kravis Center. $35 & up. 281-0145 or palmbeachsymphony.org. Monday, Dec. 3 Jordan Dodson: The Ohio-born guitarist, a graduate of the Curtis Institute, helped inaugurate the Philadelphia school’s new classical guitar studio in 2011. A champion of
new music, he presents a solo recital as part of the Kravis Center’s Young Classical Artists series. 7:30 pm, Rinker Playhouse. $30. 832-7469 or kravis.org. Thursday, Dec. 6 Jeremy Denk: The marvelous New Mexicoborn pianist and writer on music (he’s also a MacArthur Fellow) presents a widely varied recital of music by Beethoven (the Rule, Brittania Variations and Liszt’s transcription of his song An die ferne Geliebte), the Variations Sérieuses of Mendelssohn, Bizet’s Variations Chromatiques, Schumann’s Fantasy in C and John Adams’s I Still Play. 8 pm Kravis Center; $25 & up.. 832-7469 or kravis.org. Saturday, Dec. 16 Asiya Korepanova: The Russian-born pianist presents the Piano Lovers series’ annual Beethoven birthday concert with the Eroica Variations and two sonatas: No. 1 in F minor, and No. 29 in B-flat, the gigantic Hammerklavier. 4 pm, Boca Steinway Gallery. $30 at the door, $25 online before Dec. 16. pianolovers.org. Tuesday, Dec. 18 Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet: Music by Gabrieli, Gershwin, Previn and others. 7 pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach. 379-6773 or cmspb.org. Monday, Dec. 31 Paul Cienniwa: The music director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach will end the year with a concert on a two-manual harpsichord in the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach, followed by a sparkling toast to the new year. 4 pm, St. Paul’s. $20 suggested donation. maspconcerts.org.
Sunday, Dec. 2 Michelangelo: Love and Death: David Bickerstaff’s 2017 documentary about the artist, chronicling his long life and extraordinary celebrity, which began when he was still alive. Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton. 549-2600 or livingroomtheaters.com. Friday, Dec. 7 Chef Flynn: A documentary by Cameron Yates
Sunday, Dec. 23 Gianni Banchini Trio: The pianist and organist leads his trio in music of the season in a program called Holiday Swing. 7 pm, Arts Garage, Delray Beach. Tickets: $35-45. 450-6357 or artsgarage.org. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The 1965 TV special, complete with its Johnny Marks score, comes to life on stage in a show intended for children ages 4-10. 1 pm and 4 pm, Kravis Center. Tickets $20 & up. 832-7469 or kravis.org.
the von Trapp family and the Anschluss is not a Christmas play, but over the years it’s become a regular part of the holiday season, not least for My Favorite Things. Billed as a “brand-new production,” this version plays the Kravis Center for one night only. 8 pm. Tickets $42 & up. 8327469 or kravis.org.
Friday, Dec. 29-Sunday, Dec. 31 Miami City Ballet: Lourdes Lopez’s Miami Beach-based troupe presents the George Balanchine version of The Nutcracker, the production that turned it into part of our Christmas celebrations. With new costumes by Isabel and Ruben Toledo. 2 pm and 7 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday, 1 pm Sunday, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. Tickets $30 & up. 305-929-7010, 832-7469; or miamicityballet.org or kravis.org.
Saturday, Dec. 22 Iris Apfel: An afternoon of holiday cheer with the 96-year-old designer and “geriatric starlet.” Apfel will sign copies of her book, Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon, and a pop-up shop will offer Iris-related items. 3 pm, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach. 832-5238 or asng.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 Salute to Vienna: The Strauss Symphony of America returns for its annual New Year’s Day concert, drawing on the Vienna Musikverein tradition dating to 1939. With vocalists and dancers. Prosit Neujahr! 8 pm, Kravis Center. Tickets $29 & up. 832-7469 or kravis.org.
about Flynn McGarry, a Southern California boy who established his first supper club at age 12 and by 16 was staging meals in some of the world’s top food capitals. Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton. 549-2600 or livingroomtheaters. com.
Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15 Steven Wilson: The British prog-rock idol bestknown for his work fronting Porcupine Tree. 7:30 pm, Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale. $30. & up. cultureroom.net, ticketmaster.com.
Friday, Dec. 14 Shoplifters: Kore-eda Hirokazu’s film about a family of grifters who find a little girl abandoned on the street. In Japanese with English subtitles. Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton. 549-2600 or livingroomtheaters.com. Joyeux Noël: Showing during the centenary of the end of World War I, Christian Carion’s 2005 film tells the story of the first Christmas of the war, when on Christmas Eve soldiers on the front lines observed an unofficial holiday truce. In French, German and English. 2:30 and 6 pm, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. $5. 6557226 or fourartsorg.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 Aaron Diehl Trio: The jazz pianist appears with bassist David Wong and drummer Quincy Davis in a program featuring selections from his trio albums including Mozart Jazz and Space Time Continuum. 7:30 pm, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach. $40. 655-7226 or fourarts. org. Saturday, Dec. 8 Diane Marino Quartet: The pianist and composer released an album of songs associated with the late Gloria Lynne earlier this year. 8 pm, Arts Garage, Delray Beach. $35-45. 450-6357 or artsgarage.org. Friday, Dec. 21 Carlos Averhoff Jr. Quartet: The saxophonist and former Berklee College instructor offers a program of Cuban-influenced jazz. 8 pm, Arts Garage, Delray Beach. $30-45. 450-6357 or artsgarage.org. Saturday, Dec. 22 Tito Puente Jr.: The percussionist is happy to follow in the footsteps of his late father, the Latin jazz Mambo King. 8 pm, Arts Garage, Delray Beach. Tickets: $35-45. 450-6357 or artsgarage.org. Friday, Dec. 28 Dick Lowenthal Big Band: Joined by singer Lisanne Lyon and vibraphonist Drew Tucker, the band presents a program called Benny Goodman and Friends, a tribute to the giants of the 1930s and 40s. 8 pm, Arts Garage, Delray Beach. $40-50. 450-6357 or artsgarage.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 Palm Beach Opera Young Artists: The opera company opens its season with a concert called Rising Stars and Classic Melodies, in which members of the company’s Young Artists and Apprentice programs perform opera favorites and songs from the Broadway stage, accompanied by the company orchestra. 7 pm, Kravis Center. $35 & up. 832-7469 or kravis.org.
Thursday, Dec. 20 Snoop Dogg: The rapper and countercultural hero born Calvin Broadus Jr. appears with Tha Luniz and Afroman in a show at the Hard Rock in Hollywood. 8 pm. $70 & up. ticketmaster. com or seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Friday, Dec. 28-Saturday, Dec. 29 Steel Pulse: The eight-member English reggae band, together since the mid-1970s, may be the most important Jamaican roots band outside of the late Bob Marley. 8 pm, Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale. $32 & up. www. cultureroom.net, ticketmaster.com.
Through Sunday, Dec. 2 Barefoot in the Park: Neil Simon’s 1963 comedy about a newlywed couple learning to live together. Lake Worth Playhouse. 586-6410 or lakeworthplayhouse.org. Opens Friday, Dec. 7 House on Fire: The world premiere of a new play by Lyle Kessler (Orphans) about an older man and his two sons, warring for dominance, until two strangers appear. With Rob Donohoe, Hamish Allan-Headley, Christopher Kelly, Taylor Anthony Miller and Georgia Warner. At Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach, through Dec. 30. 514-4042 or palmbeachdramaworks.org. Tuesday, Dec. 11-Sunday, Dec. 16 Hello, Dolly!: Tony Award winner and theater legend Betty Buckley stars in this revival of Jerry Herman’s 1964 musical about the irrepressible matchmaker Dolly Levi. In an acclaimed restaging by Jerry Zaks. Kravis Center; $28-$89. 832-7469 or kravis.org. Through Sunday, Dec. 16 The 1940’s Radio Hour: Walton Jones’ musical revue of World War II, in which a radio broadcast for the troops is being assembled. At Delray Beach Playhouse. 272-1281, ext. 5, or delraybeachplayhouse.org. Tar Beach: A new play by Tammy Ryan (The Music Lesson), about two teen girls navigating the New York summer of 1977. FAU Theatre Lab, Boca Raton. 297-6124 or fauevents.com. Beauty and the Beast: At Maltz Jupiter Theatre. 575-2233 or jupitertheatre.org. Through Sunday, Dec. 23 Annie: TV’s Sally Struthers plays Miss Hannigan in this mounting of the beloved Charles Strouse musical. Wick Theatre, Boca Raton. 995-2333 or thewick.org. Breadcrumbs: Jennifer Haley’s 2010 play about a fiction writer with dementia who depends on a young caretaker to finish her autobiography. With Angie Radosh and Jacqueline Laggy. Primal Forces, Sol Theatre, Boca Raton. 866-811-4111 or primalforces.com.
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‘Library Book’ is one for the bibliophiles The Library Book, by Susan Orlean; Simon & Schuster; $28, 317 pp. By Bill Williams ArtsPaper Book Writer Susan Orlean was living in New York in 1986 when she heard the shocking news that the Los Angeles Public Library had been destroyed by a monster fire. More than 1 million books were burned or damaged, while 350 firefighters battled the blaze for seven hours. Orlean was raised in a bookloving family where her mother took her to a library near their home in suburban Cleveland several times a week. “Our visits to the library were never long enough for me,” Orlean says. “The place was so bountiful. I loved wandering around the bookshelves, scanning the spines until something happened to catch my eye.” When Orlean, a successful author, began her own investigation of the Los Angeles Library fire, she focused on the possibility of arson. The chief suspect was a young man named Harry Peak, who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood actor while admitting that he had set the fire. But wait. Peak soon changed his story, saying he had
been joking. He went back and forth several times and failed a lie detector test. Police arrested Peak, but there was no evidence linking him to the fire beyond the fact that he may have visited the library on the day of the fire. He died in 1993 from AIDS complications. Orlean describes the difficulty of proving arson. “Even the biggest fire can be started with a single match — a slender bit of evidence at best, which is likely to be consumed by what it has started.” Only 1 percent of arson cases end with a conviction. Orlean is a meticulous researcher who spent several years writing this absorbing book, which is filled with history and nuggets of information. We learn there are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S., and libraries outnumber
bookstores two to one. Theft is a common problem for libraries. In 1981, investigators discovered a woman who ran a successful used-book business. All her books had been stolen from the Los Angeles Library. Like many libraries, the Los Angeles Library was shortfunded. Before the fire, the city had cited the library for numerous fire code violations. To prevent a collapse of the electrical system, the head librarians banned the use of coffee makers and replaced 75watt bulbs with 40-watt bulbs. Throughout history dictators have burned books. The Nazis destroyed 100 million volumes. The Spanish Inquisition promoted book-burning festivals. Writing this book, Orlean says, “was my lifeline, my passion, my way to understand who I was. I thought about my mother, who died when I was halfway done with this book, and I knew how pleased she would have been to see me in the library.” Susan Orlean has written a compelling tribute to books and libraries. The Library Book is a gift to book lovers everywhere. Bill Williams, a freelance writer in West Hartford, Conn., can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memoir rings true today Return of the Swallows, by Dorothea Praschma. Amazon; 280 pp., $15.99 By Steve Pike Dorothea Praschma’s granite boulder gravestone in South Africa’s Transvaal reads: “She Gave a Dog a Bone.’’ Through memoirs that span 1935 to 1947, Dorothy, Countess Praschma, gives readers much more than a bone. The memoirs, compiled by her daughter, Ilona Praschma Balfour, vividly tell the tale of an aristocratic family at war with the Nazis, Russians and sometimes each other during the most pivotal time in 20th-century history. “This is her book,’’ said Balfour, of Hypoluxo Island. The story of Dorothy Ferreira, a South African peasant who in 1930 married German aristocrat Englebert, Count Praschma, is as sweeping as any James Michener novel. From castles in what is now the Czech Republic, to European boarding schools, Soviet labor camps and Portuguese East Africa, Return of the Swallows is filled with a cast of real-life characters led by the indomitable wife (widowed in
1941) and mother caught in the madness of war and between two disparate cultures. “People who knew her loved her and admired her. My mother was always a strong person who was always looking out for us,’’ said Ilona, who has been married to journalist Malcolm Balfour for 50 years. Ilona Balfour worked off and on for several years to compile her mother’s memoirs into a self-published book that, except for prologue and epilogue, are Countess Dorothy’s own words. The countess died in 1981. “It’s not great literature,’’ Balfour said, “but it’s an intriguing story of an interesting time.’’ A story that rings true even today.
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Holiday Events Note: Events are current as of 11/23. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/1 - Santa Lucia Celebration & Christmas Bazaar at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Food court, kids’ corner, Santa visit, bazaar, performances. 11 am-3 pm. $10/adult; free/children under 12. 707-2649; southflorida.swea.org 12/1 - Ballet Palm Beach Presents The Nutcracker at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 2 & 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $19. 686-4244; balletpalmbeach.org 12/1 - 48th Annual Boynton Beach Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Federal Highway from SE 12th Avenue to NE 1st Avenue; tree lighting at Dewey Park (100 NE 4th St) follows. 4 pm. Free. 7426642; boynton-beach.org 12/1 - Garden of Lights at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. Every Sat through 12/30 5:30-8:30 pm. $10/adult; $5/child age 5-12. 233-1757; mounts.org 12/1 - Delray Beach Chorale & Chamber Ensemble: A Holiday Celebration: Sing A Joyful Song at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton. 7 pm. $25/ general; $10/student. 800-984-7282; delraybeachchorale.org 12/1 - Carols by Candlelight at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 7:30-10 pm. $20-$100. 2437922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/1 - Christmas With The Ricardos at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center South Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $35. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter.com 12/1 - Christmas Classics with Chino Nunez Y La Parranda at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $35$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/1 - The Holiday Special at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Not recommended for children under age 13. 8-9:30 pm. $10. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/1-2 - St. Lucy Catholic Church Christmas Boutique at 3510 S Ocean Blvd, Highland Beach. Benefits St. Lucy Social Action Ministry. Holiday gifts, food trucks, entertainment, raffles, more. Sat 10 am-6 pm; Sun 10 am-2 pm. Free. 278-1280; stlucycommunity.com 12/1-12 - Ocean Ridge PD Kid’s Toy Drop at Ocean Ridge Police Department, 6450 N Ocean Blvd. Toys distributed through The Guardian ad Litem Program of Palm Beach County. New, unwrapped toys, please. 732-8331; oceanridgeflorida.com
Sunday - 12/2 - Lecture: Dickens & Twain: The Yuletide Writings and Traditions of the World’s Greatest Writers by Carlo DeVito at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $10/member; $28/non-member. 6552833; flaglermuseum.us 12/2 - Christmas Tree Lighting at Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 3-5 pm. Free w/museum admission. 655-2833; flaglermuseum.us 12/2 - Concert: Advent Lessons & Carols at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 3 pm. $20/ person; free/age 18 & under. 276-4541; music.stpaulsdelray.org 12/2 - Chanukah Concert & Menorah Lighting at Plaza del Mar, 262 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan. 5 pm. Free. 585-6790; plazadelmarshopping.com 12/2 - Lighting of the Menorah at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Blvd, Delray Beach. 6 pm. Free. downtowndelraybeach. com 12/2 - Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. 6-9 pm. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/2 - Julius Sanna Band: Christmas Around The World at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7-8:30 pm. $30-$40. 450-6357; artsgarage.org
The COASTAL STAR Monday - 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 - Musical Hanukkah! at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. All ages. 4-5 pm. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org Tuesday - 12/4 - Holiday Gift Shoppe at First Presbyterian Church of Delray, 33 Gleason St. T/Th through 12/16 10 amnoon. 276-6338; firstdelray.com 12/4 - Light Up 3rd Night of Chanukah with PJ Library at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Cr. 5:30 pm crafts/storytime; 8:00 pm candle lighting/musical entertainment. Free. 852-6080; pjlibrary@ bocafed.org Wednesday - 12/5 - Hanukkah with Miss Bonnie at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Stories, songs, Hanukkah crafts, Light the Menorah, enjoy jelly doughnuts. 11:45 am-12:30 pm. Free w/paid admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/5-6 - 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. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 837-6635; gardenclubpalmbeach.com Thursday - 12/6 - Carols & Cocktails in the Garden at Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. 6-9 pm. $40/ member; $45/ non-member. 274-7263;
12/8 - Chanukah Downtown Boca presents Pardes Rock Live in Concert at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Menorah lighting w/local dignitaries, free concert, food vendors. 7:30 pm. Free/general admission; $18/VIP seating. RSVP: 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.com/Chanukah 12/8 - Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis: Merry Christmas Baby at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theater, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm $45. 844-672-2849; MiznerParkCulturalcenter. com 12/8 - Spirits of the Season at Lynn University Snyder Sanctuary, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. Free. Reservations: 237-9000; lynn.tix.com 12/8-9 - American German Club 5th Annual ChristkindlMarkt at 5111 Lantana Rd, Lake Worth. German market, live entertainment, food/beverage for purchase, tree lighting. Sat 2-10 pm; Sun 1-9 pm. $8/advance; $10/at the gate, free/ under 12. 967-6464; americangermanclub. org
December 2018 Rd, Boca Raton. FAU choral students past & present in collaboration w/the Delray Beach Chorale. 7 pm. $20. 800-745-3000; fauevents.com Wednesday - 12/12 - A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs: Jake Ehrenreich with The Roger Kellaway Trio at Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 7:30 pm. $35. 832-7469; kravis.org Thursday - 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 12/13-16 - Ballet Palm Beach Presents The Nutcracker at The King’s Academy Center for Performing Arts, 8401 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach. Th/F/Sat 7 pm; Sat 1 pm; Sun 4 pm. $30-$45. 686-4244; balletpalmbeach.org Friday - 12/14 - Joyeux Noel (PG-13, 2005) at The Society of The Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2:30 & 6 pm. $5/adult. 655-7227; fourarts.org 12/14 - Milagro Center’s Haircuts for the Holidays at 695 Auburn Ave., Delray Beach.
Rd, Boca Raton. Plus other ballets. 3 pm. $25-$30. 997-2677; harid.edu
Sunday - 12/16 - The Nutcracker at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 1 pm. $5/adult. 655-7227; fourarts.org 12/16 - Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Holiday Concert at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-4 pm. Free. 266-9490; delraylibrary.org 12/16 - Handel’s Messiah at Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. 7 pm. $25/adult; $10/student. 8459696; masterworkspb.org Tuesday - 12/18 - Christmas with The New York Tenors at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $47-$57. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org Wednesday - 12/19-23 - Holiday Evening Tour at Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 6:30 pm reception; 6:45-7:15 pm tours. $25/adult; $15/child under 18. Advance purchase required: 655-2833; flaglermuseum.us Thursday - 12/20 - Concert: Markus Howell Quartet - Jazzy Holiday Tunes at Highland Beach Library Community Room, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. 5 pm. Free. 2785455; highlandbeach.us Saturday - 12/22 - Holiday Pool Party at John Denson Pool, 225 NW 12th Ave, Boynton Beach. All ages. 10 am-5 pm. Free w/pool admission. 742-6569; boyntonbeach.org 12/22 - Holiday Cheer with Iris Apfel at Ann Norton Sculpure Gardens, 253 Barcelona Rd, West Palm Beach. Book signing, pop-up shop. 3-4:30 pm. 8325328; ansg.org 12/22 - City of Boca Raton 42nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade from the C-15 Canal to the Hillsboro Bridge. 6:30 pm. Free. 393-7807; myboca.us
sandowayhouse. org 12/6 - Mommy Minya Latke & Vodka Chanukkah Party at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. For moms of young children. 7:15 pm. $35. 241-1484; cbiboca.org Friday - 12/7 - Chanukah Under the Stars presented by Temple Beth El at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 5-9 pm. Free. 3918900; tbeboca.org 12/7 - Winterfest at Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S Dixie Hwy. 6:30-9 pm. Food, raffles, tree lighting, performances and a visit from Santa. Free. 540-5754; lantana.org 12/7 - Divas Holiday Party at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. 8 pm. $15. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org 12/7 - A Christmas Wish with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8 pm. Tickets start at $25. 832-7469; kravis.org Saturday - 12/8 - Breakfast with Santa at Intracoastal Park Clubhouse, 2240 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach. Visit with Santa, leave with a holiday craft. All ages. 9-11 am. $15/resident; $19/non-resident. Reservations: 742-6650; boynton-beach. org 12/8 - Holiday Extravaganza at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Santa Claus, Mensch on the Bench, Fire Truck, Bounce House, arts & crafts, raffle, games, more. 10 am-1 pm. $10/ person includes admission to museum. 368-6875; cmboca.org 12/8 - The Robert Sharon Chorale: Celebrate Joy at Palm Beach Atlantic University DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 3 pm. $15/person; $5/student w/ID; free/child under 12. 687-4245; therobertsharonchorale.co 12/8 - Christmas in the City at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7890; mizneramp.com
12/89 - Miracle on 34th Street Live Radio Play at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Based on the Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast originally broadcast on December 22, 1947. Age 8 & up. Sat 7:30 PM; Sun 2 PM. $25/adult; $15/child 12 & under. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org
Sunday - 12/9 – 16th 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. 3 pm. $35/general admission. 237-9000; lynn.edu 12/9 - Amahl and the Night Visitors at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 840 George Bush Blvd, Delray Beach. Presented by members of St. Vincent choirs under the direction of Choirmaster Eric Keiper. Light reception follows. 3 pm. $10/adult; $5/student; free/child age 5 & under. 2766892; stvincentferrer.com 12/9 - A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs with Jake Ehrenreich at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center South Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 3 pm. $36-$48. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter. com 12/9 - Florida Atlantic University Tuba Christmas Concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Bring chairs/blankets. Chair rentals $5. Free. 4 pm doors open; 5 pm concert. 393-7700; myboca.us/826/Mizner-ParkAmphitheater 12/9 - Handel’s Messiah at Florida Atlantic University Theatre, 777 Glades
Sixthannual event offering complimentary haircuts, dental, hearing and vision screenings, family portraits, holiday performances and more. 5-8 pm. Free. 279-2970 or milagrocenter.org. 12/14 - Boynton Beach & Delray Beach 47th 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; 6:30 pm parade starts. Free. 600-9097; catchboynton.com 12/14 - Movie Night: Elf at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Brunch-style food/beverage available for purchase. 6 pm doors open; 7 pm movie. Free. 393-7890; myboca.us Saturday - 12/15 - Photos with Santa at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Meet & snap pics w/ Saint Nick. Make a holiday craft, enjoy a ride on the Wildlife Carousel. Held again 12/22. 9 am-2 pm. Free w/admission. 5479453; palmbeachzoo.org 12/15 - Lake Worth Holiday Parade, Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. 6 pm. Free. 586-1600; lakeworth.org 12/15 - Christmas Art Walk at Boynton Beach Art District, 404-422 W Industrial Ave. Vendors wanted. 6-10 pm. Free. 786521-1199, email@example.com 12/15 - 7th Annual Madrigal Dinner at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Presented by Florida Atlantic University Department of Music. Cocktails, dinner, performance. 6:30 pm. $100. 297-2337; fauf.fau.edu/madrigal 12/15-16 - The Nutcracker, Act II presented by The Harid Conservatory at Countess de Hoernle Theatre, 5100 Jog
Sunday - 12/23 - The History of Christmas at First Presbyterian Church Boynton Beach, 235 SW 6th Ave. Traditions, favorite carols. 11 am. Free. 732-3774; fpcboynton.com 12/23 - Brunch with Santa at The Colony Palm Beach, 155 Hammon Ave. Benefits Red Sneakers for Oakley. Book signing by Susan Beattie of Luke’s Story. 11 am-2 pm. $85/adult; $35/child. 659-8100; thecolonypalmbeach.com 12/23 - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 1 & 4 pm. Tickets start at $20. 832-7469; kravis.org Tuesday - 12/25 - Caring Kitchen Christmas Meal Prep & Delivery: Mitzvah of the Month at Caring Kitchen, 196 NW 8th Ave, Delray Beach. Join volunteers from Temple Beth El, feed the hungry. 9 am-1 pm. Free. RSVP by 12/20: 391-8900; tbeboca.org Thursdy - 12/27-28 - An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Starring Evan Tyrone Martin at The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Part of Michael Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live series. Th/F 8 pm; F 2 pm. $60. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com Saturday - 12/29 - Kwanzaa Celebration at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 2:30-6 pm. Free. 279-8883; spadymuseum. com 12/29-30 - An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Starring Evan Tyrone Martin at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center South Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Sat 4 & 8 pm; Sun 2 pm. $60. 844-6722849; miznerparkculturalcenter.com
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Sunday - 12/30 - Concert: Christmas Lessons & Carols at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 10 am. $20/person; free/age 18 & under. 276-4541; music.stpaulsdelray.org Tuesday - 1/1 - Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert with the Strauss Symphony of America at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 8 pm. Tickets start at $29. 832-7469; kravis.org
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Community Calendar Note: Events are current as of 11/23. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/1 - Pickleball at Delray Beach Tennis Center, 210 W Atlantic Ave. M-F 8 am-9 pm; Sat 8 am-6 pm. $3/resident; $4/nonresident; $1/add for night play lights. Monthly passes available. 243-7356; mydelraybeach. com 12/1 - Pickleball at Ezell Hester, Jr. Community Center, 1901 N Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Combines badminton and tennis. Adults. Sat 9 am-noon; M/W 6-8:30 pm. $5/person; annual pass $130/resident, $165/non-resident. 742-6550; boyntonbeach.org 12/1 - Lawn Bowling at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Takes skill/practice. Age 18 & up. M/W/F/Sat 9 am-noon. Annual fee $15/resident; $20/non-resident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/1 - The Writer’s Studio at Delray Beach Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Every Sat 10 am. Free. 638-7251; delraylibrary.org 12/1 - Croquet Lessons at The National Croquet Club, 700 Florida Mango Rd, West Palm Beach. Every Sat 10 am-noon. Free. Reservations: 478-2300; nationalcroquetclub. com 12/1 - 3D Printing Project at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 10 am-noon. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/1 - Coral Reef Shark, Alligator & Stingray Feedings at Sandoway Discovery 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 12/1 - 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 21. 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 12/1 - Art School Workshop: PoJo Collage at Boca Raton Museum Art School, 801 W Palmetto Park Rd. Part of Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Combine collage, poetry, journaling to create mixed media art. 12:30-2:30 pm. Free. RSVP: 392-2503; bocamuseum.org 12/1 - Inventors Society of South Florida at Ligi Tool & Engineering, 2220 SW 15th St, Deerfield Beach. 1st Sat 1 pm. 1st meeting free. 213-6581; 954-486-2426; InventorsSociety.net 12/1 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time part of National Theatre Live
Series at The Society of The Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $25/adult; $15/ student. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/1 - Opossum, Snake, Owl & Alligator Feedings at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Opossum W; Snake Th; Owl F; Alligator Sat. 3:15-3:30 pm. Free. 629-8760; pbcnature.com 12/1 - David Margolin & David Julia CD Release Party at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $15-$35. 465-3946; funkybiscuit. com 12/1 - James R. Benn speaks and signs his book Solemn Graves at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. Free. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com 12/1 - Jill & Rich Switzer, Saloon Songs: From the Rat Pack to Right Now at Kravis Center Persson Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 7:30 pm. $35. 832-7469; kravis.org 12/1-2 - Delray Beach Pickleball Classic at Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W Atlantic Ave. Matches start 8 am daily. Free for spectators. 638-4443; dbpickle.com 12/1-2 - Artists in the Park presented by Delray Beach Art League at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St. Fine art exhibition/sales. 10 am4:30 pm. Free. 843-2311; delrayartleague.com 12/1-2 - 3rd Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival at Armory Art Center Campus, 811 Park Place. 10 am-5 pm. Free. 832-1776; westpalmbeachartfestival.com 12/1-2 - Grease presented by MNM Theatre Company at Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Sat 7:30 pm; Sat/Sun 1:30 pm. $39. 832-7469; mnmtheatre.org 12/1-2 - Theater at the J: At Home at Levis JCC Sandler Center, Beifield Auditorium, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton. World premiere play by Carbonell Award-winning playwright Dan Clancy invites audience participation. Runs through 12/16. Th/Sun 2 pm; Th/Sat 7:30 pm. $30-$40. 558-2520; levisjcc.org 12/1-2 - columbinus by Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop & Repertory Company at Bhetty Waldron Theatre, 1009 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. Inspired by the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School. Mature audiences. F/Sat 8 pm; Sun 2 pm. $25/adult; $10/student. 833-7529; actorsrep.org
Sunday - 12/2 - Sado: Tea Ceremony Beginners Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Unique opportunity to study the traditional art of Sado, The Way of Tea. Tea Ceremony Workshop is required for those who have never taken a Tea Ceremony Class but wish to start studying Sado. 2 lessons/
12/3 - Ocean Ridge - First Monday at Ocean Ridge Town Hall, 6450 N Ocean Blvd. 6 pm. Agenda: oceanridgeflorida.com 12/4 - Highland Beach - First Tuesday at Highland Beach Town Hall, 3614 S Ocean Blvd. 1:30 pm. Agenda: highlandbeach.us 12/4 & 11 - Delray Beach - First & third Tuesdays at Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Ave. 6 pm. Agenda: mydelraybeach.com 12/10 - Lantana - Second & fourth Mondays at Lantana Town Hall, 500 Greynolds Cir. 7 pm. Agenda: lantana.org 12/11 - Manalapan - Fourth Tuesday at Manalapan Town Hall, 600 S Ocean Blvd. 10 am. Agenda: manalapan.org 12/11 - South Palm Beach - Second Tuesday at the South Palm Beach Town Hall, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. 7 pm. Agenda: southpalmbeach.com 12/11 - Boca Raton - Second & fourth Tuesday at Boca Raton City Hall, 201 W Palmetto Park Rd. 6 pm. Agenda: myboca.us 12/14 - Gulf Stream - Second Friday at Gulf Stream Town Hall, 100 Sea Rd. 9 am. Agenda: gulfstream.org 12/27 - Briny Breezes - Fourth Thursday at Briny Breezes Town Hall, 4802 N Ocean Blvd. 4 pm. Agenda: townofbrinybreezes-fl.com
month (Sun 12/2 & 9 and Th 12/13 & 27); individual appointments begin at 10:15 am. $50/member; $55/non-member. Registration: 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/2 - Trunk Show: Sandy Ryter Jewelry at Boca Raton Museum of Art Store, 501 Plaza Real. Noon-4 pm. 392-2500; bocamuseum.org 12/2 - 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. Every Sun through 12/30 (no class 11/11) 12:30-4 pm. $10/at the door. Reservations or partners: 338-2995; myboca.us 12/2 - ACBL Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge at Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County, 2475 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. Every M-Th 12:30 pm; every F 12:15 pm; every Sun 1 pm. $12/ includes lunch. 276-8071; templesinaipbc.org 12/2 - Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $25/adult; $15/student w/ID. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/2 - School of Rock Boca Raton End of Season Concert at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 2 pm doors open; 3 pm show. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/2 - Palm Beach Symphony: Symphonic Tales at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. 3 pm. Tickets start at $35. 281-0145; palmbeachsymphony.org 12/2 - Friends Music Series: Hurricane Harmonizers at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 3-4 pm. Free. 3937852; bocalibrary.org 12/2 - Boca Talk: Curators Conversation: Imagining Florida at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. 3-4 pm. Free/member; $15/non-member. RSVP: 392-2500 x213; bocamuseum.org Monday - 12/3 - Creativity Workshop for Adults at Boynton Beach City Library, 115 N.
Federal Hwy. Bring sharp scissors. Held again 12/10 & 17. 10 am-noon. Free. Registration: 742-6380; boyntonlibrary.org 12/3 - Friends of the Museum Auxiliary General Meeting at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 590 Plaza Real. Membership meeting. Learn about upcoming events. Coffee, pastries, film and/or speaker. 10 am-1 pm. Free. RSVP: 392-2500 x213; bocamuseum.org 12/3 - Senior Bingo at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Adults age 50 & up. M/W 10:30 am-noon. Free. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/3 - Empowerment Zone at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Resume/ job/computer assistance. Every M/Th. 1-4:30 pm. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org 12/3 - Welch Ledbetter Connection: Mark Telesca Band at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $15-$25. 465-3946; funkybiscuit. com 12/3 - Blogs 101 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/3 - Improv Drop In at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Fun games/exercises designed for newcomers/advanced players. Great for actors, artists, stand up comedians, accountants, everyone in between. Every M (closed 12/24 & 31) Improv Drop In; Every W Improv Games Drop In. M/W 7-9 pm. $10. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/3 - Bike Nite at Tilted Kilt Pub & Brewery, 3320 Airport Rd #1, Boca Raton. Held by Fury Road Riders; benefits Natural High, national non-profit organization dedicated to inspire youth to discover their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. Tilted Kilt donates 10% of food bill to Natural High. Every M 7 pm. 504-3310; furyroadrc. com 12/3-4 - Auditions for Neil Simon’s California Suite at Delray Beach Playhouse,
950 NW 9th St. 7:30 pm. 272-1281 x4; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/3-4 - Three Cantors in Concert at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $65. 9952333; thewick.org Tuesday - 12/4 - Pickleball: Advanced Play at Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave. Adults. T/Th/F 9 am-1 pm. Monthly pass $20/resident, $30/non-resident; Per day $3/resident, $4/non-resident. 2437250; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Book Festival: The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Humanity at Temple Beth El, 2815 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach. 10 am. $38/member; $42/ non-member. 877-318-0071; jcconline.com/ artsandculture 12/4 - 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 12/18. Beginners 11 am-1 pm; Intermediate 1-3 pm. $52.50/member; $60/non-member; $60/ flower fee. Registration: 495-0233; morikami. org 12/4 - Chess Club at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Knowledge of the game necessary. Age 18 & up. Every T/F noon-4:30 pm. Free. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Boca Raton Noon Toastmasters at Train Depot, 747 S Dixie Hwy. Improve public speaking, leadership abilities. Every T 12:151:15 pm. Free. 251-4164; toastmastersclub. org 12/4 – Socrates Café at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Philosophical discussions. Held again 12/11 & 18. 1:30-3 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/4 - Lecture: Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York by Alex Palmer at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $10/member; $28/ non-member. 655-2833; flaglermuseum.us 12/4 - Word Basics at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-4 pm. Free. Registraton: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Create Your Own Website 2: Make It Live! at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 3-4:30 pm. Free. 393-7906; bocalibrary.org 12/4 - Key Elements of Business Planning at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 4-6 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Tuesday Blues & BBQ Hosted by Famous Frank Ward with guest Nick Schnebelen at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/4 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson part of The Talk of
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December 2018 Kings Book Discussion Group at The Society of the Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. 5:30-6:30 pm. Free. 655-2766; fourarts.org 12/4 - Pinochle at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Every T/Th 6-9 pm. Free. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/4 – Open Play Basketball 30 & Over at Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave. Every T 7-8 pm. Free. 243-7000 x5001; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - 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; boynton-beach.org 12/4 - Piano Chamber Music Concert at Lynn University Snyder Sanctuary, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. Free. 2379000; lynn.tix.com 12/4 - 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 - 12/5 - Alliance of Delray: Legislative and Case Law Updates at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Rd, Delray Beach. Speaker: Joshua Gerstin, Esq. 9 am/doors open, 9:30 am/program. Refreshments. Free. 496-9670 12/5 - Adult Watercolor Painting Workshop at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Instructor provides class lesson/ lecture, emphasis on composition/drawing, then a painting demo. Remainder of class time is one-on-one instruction, finishing w/ class critique. Age 18 & up. W 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm. Monthly $35/resident; $38/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/5 - Dr. Robert Watson Lecture: Hamilton: The Man, The Myth, The Musical … Mensch at Mandell JCC, 8500 Jog Rd. 10 am. $18/member; $22/nonmember. 877-318-0071; jcconline.com/ artsandculture 12/5 - Socrates Cafe at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Philosophical discussions. Every W 11:30 am-1 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - 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. 1 pm. Free. palmbeachpoetryfestival.org 12/5 - Scrabble at Highland Beach Library Community Room, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. Every W 1 pm. Free. 278-5455; highlandbeach.us 12/5 - iPad Apps & eBooks at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 393-7906; bocalibrary.org 12/5 - Ikebana: Flower Arrangement Sogetsu Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Oki Education Center, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Contemporary flower arranging using fresh flowers. Every W through 12/19 1:30-3:30 pm. $45/member; $52.50/non-member; $45/flower fee. Registration: 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/5 - Feelin’ Groovy: Messages in Harmony: The Story and Song of Peter, Paul and Mary at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. 2 pm. $25. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/5 - Excel Basics at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-4 pm. Free. Preregistration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - Bingo at Temple Sinai Palm Beach County, 2475 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. $2,500 in prizes every week. Every W 5 pm doors open; 6 pm Early Bird; 6:30 pm first game. $15. 276-6161 x128; templesinaipbc. org 12/5 - Creative Cloud Lab: Music Sequencing with Apple GarageBand at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Held again 12/12 & 19. 5:30-7 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - Town Square Public Input Meeting at Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12th Ave, Boynton Beach. 5:30 pm. Free. RSVP: 7426025; boynton-beach.org 12/5 - Introduction to Tinkercad at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/5 - Exhibit Opening Reception: Look, See, Think at Artist’s Eye Gallery Boutique, 604 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth. Runs through 12/30. 6-8 pm. Free. 586-8666; lwartleague. org 12/5 - Beyond Art Basel at Cornell Art Museum, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Special guest artists, music, live painting performance, music, wine, lite bites, more. 7-9 pm. $10/person; free/member. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org
Green Markets 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 Lake Worth Farmers Market every Saturday, Old Bridge Park, 10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth. 9 am-1 pm. Free. 547-3100; lakeworthfarmersmarket.com 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
12/5 - Guest Speaker: Valan Evers of Alt. Pix at The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach. 7-10 pm. Free. 786-5211199; theboxgallery.info 12/5-6 - Auditions for Showtune: The Songs of Jerry Herman at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. 7:30 pm. 272-1281 x4; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/5-7 - Clybourne Park at Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. W/Th/F 7:30 pm; Th 12:30 pm; F 10 am. $15. 237-9000; lynn.edu/events Thursday - 12/6 - Exhibition Opening: Fall AMPlified Exhibition at Florida Atlantic University Schmidt Center, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Runs through 12/14. T-F 1-4 pm; Sat 1-5 pm. Free. 297-2661; fau.edu/galleries 12/6 - Quilters meet at Boynton Beach City Library, 115 N Federal Hwy. Share quilting information, perpetuate quilting as a cultural and artistic form. Every Th 9-11:30 am. Free. 742-6886; boyntonlibrary.org 12/6 - Dramawise Series: House on Fire by Lyle Kessler at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach. Attend all or a portion of the program. Act 1 10-11:30 am; Intermission (lunch at a downtown West Palm Beach restaurant) 11:45 am-12:45 pm; Act 2 1-2 pm. $50-$60/Acts 1 & 2 & Intermission; $40-$45/Intermission & Act 2; $15-$20/Act 2. 514-4042 x2; palmbeachdramaworks.org 12/6 - George Gershwin: America’s First Crossover Artist with Paul Offenkrantz at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - Knit ‘N Purl at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Rotating facilitators. 10:30 am. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - Beginner’s Coding for Adults Part 1 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 10:30 am-noon. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/6 - First Thursday Site Tours at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave. History of Delray Beach slide show, tour of the historic site. Held again 1/ 3. 11 am & 1 pm. $8/at door. 403-2956; oldschoolsquare.org 12/6 - Adult Acrylics Art Class at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Local instructor teaches basic acrylic painting techniques to beginners; also available for instruction to advanced painters. Call for list of supplies needed. Age 18 & up. Every Th noon-3 pm. Per class $10/resident; $12/nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/6 - Lunch with Liz at the Library at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. Join author, writer, radio talk show host Liz Sterling for a monthly discussion. Held again 1 /3. Noon-1:30 pm. Free. 266-9490; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - Thoughts Left Visible: When is a Work of Art Finished? with Terryl Lawrence at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 2973171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - 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 12/6 - New Orleans: City of Mystery and Intrigue with Taylor Hagood at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 3:30-5 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - What is a Service Animal? at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 4-5:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/6 - Concert: Charlene Connor & Leann Berry at Highland Beach Library Community
Room, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. 5 pm. Free. 2785455; highlandbeach.us 12/6 - The Fritz: Lemon City Trio at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $10-$20. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/6 - An Evening with Andrew Carroll: “Behind The Lines” - Wartime Letters at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Part of the Heritage Lecture Series. 6 pm VIP reception; 7 pm lecture. $30/adults, $15/student. 2749578; dbhs.org 12/6 - Unforgettable Themes from the 20th Century: The Great American Songbook, Legendary Movie Themes and More with Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 7-8:30 pm. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/6 - Brazil Film Festival: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation at Florida Atlantic University Performing Arts Building, Room 101, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. 7 pm. Free. 800-564-9539; fau.edu 12/6 - Phoenix Bassoon Quartet at Lynn University Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $20. 237-9000; lynn.tix.com 12/6 - Adult Tango Dance at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Every Th 7:5010:50 pm. $12/resident; $15/non-resident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/6 - Poetry Open Mic Night at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. Held again 1/3 8-11 pm. Free/performers, $5/ patrons. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Friday - 12/7 - Art Basel Trip presented by Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. 8:30 am-8 pm. $95/includes transportation & Art Miami ticket. 832-1776; armoryart.org 12/7 - Supervised Bridge Play at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton. John Black. Partners not needed. Adults. Every F 10 am-noon. $10/person. 3937807; myboca.us 12/7 - The Arab Coalition and US Challenges in the Middle East: Can it Help? with Walid Phares at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/7 - Great Books Discussion Group at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Every F 10 am. Free. 266-0798; delraylibrary.org 12/7 - Sumi-e Ink Painting Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Every F through 12/28 (no class 12/21). Floral 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Landscape 1:30-3:30 pm. $41/ member; $45/non-member. Registration: 495-0233; morikami.org 12/7 - 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. Per class: $5/resident; $6/non-resident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/7 - Parkinson’s Foundation Annual Fashion, Passion & Inspiration Fashion Show Honoring Marilyn Swillinger at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place, Boca Raton. 11 am-3 pm. $150. 962-1701; RMiller@parkinson.org 12/7 - 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 12/7 - A Preview of the Metropolitan Opera HD Series 2019 with Giuseppe Albanese at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30
Community Calendar AT21 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 2973171; fau.edu/lls 12/7 - Photo Apps for Beginners at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 393-7906; bocalibrary.org 12/7 - iPad Basics at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/7 - I Laughed, I Cried, I Forgot Where I Parked at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Part of Interactive Studio Theatre Series. 2 pm. $25. 272-1281 x4; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/7 - By Bernstein: A Centennial Celebration of His Life and Works with Robyn Lamp at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 4-5:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 2973171; fau.edu/lls 12/7 - Happy Hour with Twocan Blue at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Every F through 12/28. 5 pm. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/7 - Kung Fu Plays Kung Fu: Voodoo Visionary at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 9 pm show. $25-$40. 465-3946; funkybiscuit. com
12/7 - Guest Speaker Suzanne Ross: The Wonders of Japanese Lacquerware at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Theater, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 6 pm doors open; 7 pm event. $7/ member; $10/non-member. 495-0233, x237; morikami.org 12/7 - First Friday Art Walk at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Current exhibits, wine/cheese, then make your way to other participating galleries on Atlantic Avenue, in Pineapple Grove, Artists Alley. 6-9 pm. Free. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/7 - Lake Ave Block Party on Lake Ave, Downtown Lake Worth. Live music, vendors, car & bike show. 1st F 6-10 pm. Free. 5337395; lakeworth.org 12/7 - Beginner Piano for Adults at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Hal Leonard EZ Play Today method using 60 Favorite Songs to Play with 3 Chords. Bring a keyboard. Every F through 1/18 6:30-7:30 pm. $80/resident; $100/nonresident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/7 - Greenlane Free Friday Concert: Jaded (Aerosmith Tribute) at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. No pets or outside food/ beverage. Weather permitting. 6:30 pm gates open; 7:30 pm concert starts. Free admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare.org
AT22 Community Calendar 12/7 - Andrew Gross speaks and signs his book Button Man at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. Free. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com 12/7 - Selwyn Birchwood Band at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $30-$40. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/7 - From Justin to Kelly Show at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 9:15-10:15 pm. $10. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/7 - Live Music: Motown at The Colony Palm Beach Royal Room, 155 Hammon Ave. Every F 9:30 pm-12:30 am. $20 cover includes free drink coupon. 659-8100; thecolonypalmbeach.com 12/7-8 - Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble at Florida Atlantic University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. F/Sat 7 pm; Sat 1 pm. $22. 800-745-3000; fauevents. com 12/7-9 - The Goodbye Girl (PG) presented by Curtain Call Playhouse at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. F/Sat 8 pm; Sat/Sun 2 pm. $30. 3473948; willowtheatre.org Saturday - 12/8 - Preparatory School of Music Fall Recital at Lynn University Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. 10 am. Free. 2379000; lynn.edu 12/8 - Guest Artist Workshop: Japanese Lacquerware (Urushi) Workshop at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm. $60/person; $20/ materials fee. Registration: 495-0233; morikami.org 12/8 - Ride & Remember Bus 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. $35. Reservations: 279-8883; spadymuseum. com 12/8 - Workshop: The Art of Japanese Gift Presentation at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 10:30 am-noon or 1:30-3 pm. $35/person; $10/materials fee. Registration: 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/8 - The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Part of Page Turners Saturday morning book discussion. Adults. 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Registration: 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/8 - Dan Zanes and Friends at Palm Beach State College Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth. 11 am. $19.75. 868-3309; duncantheatre.org 12/8 - Illustrated Lecture: The Art of Seating with Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D. at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 11 am. Free. Reservations: 8058562; fourarts.org 12/8 - Morikami Film Series: 5 Centimeters per Second (2007 NR; Animation) at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Theater, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 11 am. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233, x237; morikami.org 12/8 - Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Lake Worth & Lantana conducted by Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History departs 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. 2nd Sat year-round, rain or shine. Check website for available dates. 11 am. $51-$60/adult & senior citizen; free/ child under 18. Reservations: 638-8277; tastehistoryculinarytours.org 12/8 - Morikami Film Series: Your Name (2017 NR; Animation) at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Theater, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 2 pm. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233, x237; morikami. org 12/8 - In Search of Chopin at The Society of The Four Arts Gubelmann Auditorium, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2 pm. $5/adult; free/ member. 655-7227; fourarts.org 12/8 - In the Sauce: A new play by M.J. Putnik at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. Staged reading; new comedy written/directed by local playwright M.J. Putnik. 2:30-4 pm. Free. Registration: 266-9490; delraylibrary.org 12/8 - Rock in the Plaza at Sunshine Square Plaza, 501 SE 18th Ave, Boynton Beach. Featuring bands Steeltown Religion and Artikal Sound System. 4-8 pm. Free. 7373256; catchboynton.com 12/8 - Kung Fu Plays Steely Dan at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $25-$40. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/8 - JAFCO Jacob’s Ladder Award Gala at The Polo Club of Boca Raton, 5400 Champion
The COASTAL STAR Blvd. Cocktail reception, fine dining, silent/ live auctions, dancing. Presentation of Jacob’s Ladder Award for Child Advocacy. Black tie. 7 pm. $350. 954-315-8696; jafco.org 12/8 - 5th 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 12/8 - All Ages Family Comedy Show at Capital One Cafe, 3300 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. 7:30-8:30 pm. Free. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/8 - Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches Winter Dance Party at Duncan Theatre, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth. 7:30 pm. $20. 832-3115; symphonicband.org
Sunday - 12/9 - Sunday Jazz Brunch at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. food/beverage available for purchase. 10 am-2 pm. Free. 393-7890; mizneramp.com 12/9 - Sado: Tea Ceremony Intermediate Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese 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 12/9 & 16; individual appointments begin at 10:15 am. $50/member; $55/non-member. Registration: 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 12/9 - Open House at Boca Raton Museum Art School, 801 W Palmetto Park Rd. 1-4 pm. Free. 392-2503; bocamuseum.org 12/9 - The Kenya Library Project Film Screening: The First Grader (PG-13) at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2 pm. Free. Registration: 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/9 - Delray String Quartet: Haydn, Tchaikovsky & Ravel at The Colony Hotel, 525 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. 5 pm. $40. 213-4138; delraystringquartet.com 12/9 - Four80East at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 7 pm show. $30-$50. 465-3946; funkybiscuit. com 12/9 - Motown in Motion at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7-8:30 pm. $35$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Monday - 12/10 - Trump at the Halfway Point: Looking Back, Looking Forward with Kevin Wagner at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/10 - Monday Morning Muffins & Mysteries: The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 10:30-11:30 am. Free. 393-7906; bocalibrary.org 12/10 - Brotherhood Golf Tournament Honoring Maddi & Wes Finch at Boca Rio Golf Club, 22041 Boca Rio Rd. Benefits Temple Beth El Brotherhood and Temple Beth El Annual Appeal. 10:30 am registration; 11 am luncheon; 12:30 pm tournament start; 5 pm cocktails/dinner/awards presentation. $125/ cocktails/awards dinner only; $425/individual golf/cocktails/awards dinner. 391-8900; tbeboca.org 12/10 - The Life and Career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Myrna Goldberger at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/10 - Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach with James Caughman and Stephen Perkins at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. Book signing follows. 2:30 pm. $20/ person; free/member. Reservations: 8058562; fourarts.org 12/10 - The US and China “Frenemies”: Conflict and Cooperation, Threat and Reward with Samuel M. Edelman at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 3:30-5 pm. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/10 - Blogs 2: Preparing to Launch at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 4-5:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org
12/10 - Biscuit Jam with Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All Stars at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Held again 12/17. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $25-$40. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/10 - Downtown Lake Worth Food Truck Invasion at Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. 2nd M 6-10 pm. 844-682-7466; foodtruckinvasion.com 12/10 - Cole Porter: Sophisticate of American Song with Robert Wyatt at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 7-8:30 pm. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/10-13 - Everything’s Coming Up “Gypsy!” at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Runs through 12/20. M-Th 2 & 8 pm. $35. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com Tuesday - 12/11 - Friends Bookstore Grand Reopening Holiday Open House at Boynton Beach City Library, 115 N. Federal Hwy. Holiday sale table and refreshements. 9am-2 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary. org 12/11 - Israel and Hezbollah: Preparing for Israel’s Strategic Threat and Unpredictable War with Robert G. Rabil at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/11 - Help Me Save the World Before It’s Too Late with William Trapani at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/ annual membership; $30/member; $35/ non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/11 - The Da Vinci Code: Conspiracy Theories in Art History with Marion Dolan at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Part of Lifelong Learning Institute. 2-3:30 pm. $25. 266-9490; delraylibrary.org 12/11 - Word Intermediate at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-4 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 2/11 - The Chris O’Leary Band at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/11 - The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak part of Evening Book Group at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 6 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/11 - Interactive Acoustic Music and Art Class at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Singing, playing, painting. All ages. 2nd T 6-9 pm. Free. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/11 - It Takes Two at The Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Held again 10/23. 6 pm dinner; 8 pm dancing. $10/includes first house drink. 912-0000; paviliongrille.com 12/11 - Photo Salon at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. 2nd T 6:308:30 pm. $10/donation. 832-1776; armoryart. org 12/11 - Foreign Film Series: Double Lover (NR) at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6:30-9 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/11 - The British Invasion: The Music that Took Over our Lives from 1964 to 1967 with Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 7-8:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 2973171; fau.edu/lls 12/11 - All Arts Open Mic Night at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 2nd T 8-10 pm. $5. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Wednesday - 12/12 - The Holy City of Jerusalem: Prospects and Challenges with Mehmet Gurses at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 10-11:30 am. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls 12/12 - Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club at City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Rd, Boca Raton.
December 2018 Speaker Dr. Sam Bierstock: The World’s Most Politically Correct Speaker. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. $35/member or first-time guest; $55/nonmember. 620-8888; goldcoasttigerbayclub. com 12/12 - The Second Amendment and the Gun Rights Debate in America with Burton Atkins at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 1-2:30 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 2973171; fau.edu/lls 12/12 - Excel Intermediate at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 2-4 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/12 - Silver Science Days at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Special afternoon for adults/retirees. Ages 60 & up. 2nd W 2-5 pm. $10. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/12 - Writers’ Corner at Boynton Beach City Library, 115 N. Federal Hwy. Manuscript critiquing by published authors. Every 2nd W 5:30-7 pm. Free. 742-6390; boyntonlibrary. org 12/12 - Art Deco Second Wednesdays Lecture Series at Historic Art Deco Armory Art Center, 811 Lake Ave, West Palm Beach. 7 pm. Free. 276-9925; artdecopb.org 12/12 - Civil War Round Table Palm Beach Meeting at Atlantic Council Chambers, 160 Orange Tree Robert Macomber discusses Key West in the American Civil War. 7 pm. Free. civilwarroundtablepalmbeach.org 12/12 - The Shape of Cinema To Come with Shelly Isaacs at Florida Atlantic University Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Part of Fall One-Time Event Series at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Society. 7-9 pm. $60/annual membership; $30/member; $35/non-member. Cash not accepted. 297-3171; fau.edu/lls Thursday - 12/13 - Great Decisions Discussion Group at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 10-11:30 am. Free. 266-9490; delraylibrary.org 12/13 - Grand Opening at The Society of The Four Arts King Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Celebrate the restoration of the landmarked King Library designed by architect Maurice Fatio in 1938. Book signings w/local authors, coloring stations, Rare Book Room, photo slideshow of the preservation, light refreshments, tours, more. 11 am. Free. 655-7227; fourarts.org 12/13 - Lunch & Learn: Exhibition WalkThrough with Mark Cohen at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. Bring lunch, learn about art. 12:45-1:30 pm. Free. 832-1776; armoryart.org 12/13 - Strangers in a Strange Land: Picturing Florida’s History Through Art with Mallory O’Connor at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Part of the Florida Humanities Speaker Series. 3-4 pm. Free w/museum admission. RSVP: 392-2500; bocamuseum.org 12/13 - Anthony Gomes with special guests Shaw Davis & The Black Ties at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $15-$35. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/13 - The Next Generation Road Rascals Car Show at Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex, 10 S Ocean Blvd. 2nd Th 6-9 pm. email@example.com 12/13 - Science on Tap: Drink up, Get Smart at Due South Brewery, 2900 High Ridge Rd #3, Boynton Beach. Discuss latest trends in science/technology w/a world-class scientist. Age 21+. 7 pm. Free. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/13 - What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Part of Novel Idea Book Club. Adults. 7-8 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/13 - 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 12/13-16 - FAU Potters Guild Fall Show & Sale at Florida Atlantic University Ritter Art Gallery, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Th/F 1-4 pm; Sat 1-5 pm. Free. 297-2661; fau.edu/ galleries 12/13-16 - Boca Cōl-léct at Boca Raton Museum of Art Store, 501 Plaza Real. Annual international jewelry show in collaboration w/Whitespace Collection. Th 12-8 pm; F 10 am-5 pm; Sat 12-5 pm; Sun 12-4 pm. Free. 392-2500 x106; bocamuseum.org 12/13-16 - Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival at multiple locations. Check
website for details/tickets. 877-503-9463; pbfoodwinefest.com Friday - 12/14 - Shell Chic Designs with Robin Grubman: Ornaments at The Society of The Four Arts, 240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. 10 am-noon. $75. Reservations: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/14 - United States Citizenship: 100 Questions at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 3937852; bocalibrary.org 12/14 - iPad Intermediate at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration & valid Delray Beach Library card required: 266-0196; delraylibrary.org 12/14 - Danielle Nicole at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 9 pm show. $15-$35. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/14 - Dean Richards and Lea at Ellie’s 50’s Diner, 2410 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach. Show, buffet dinner, cash bar. $38. 276-1570; elliescatering.com 12/14 - Artists Guild Gallery Opening Reception at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 2910 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. 6-8 pm. Free. 278-7877; bocaguild.com 12/14 - Bonfire on the Beach at Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex, 10 S Ocean Blvd. Bring beach chairs. 2nd & 4th F 6-9 pm. Free; metered parking. 533-7395; lakeworth. org 12/14 - Greenlane Free Friday Concert: Big City Dogs (Classic Rock & Blues) at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. No pets or outside food/beverage. Weather permitting. 6:30 pm gates open; 7:30 pm concert starts. Free admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare.org 12/14 - Tom Corcoran speaks and signs his book Guava Moon Revenge at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7 pm. Free. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com 12/14 - Laser Shows at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. 2nd F 7 pm. $10/ advance; $12/at the door. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/14 - Drew Tucker and The New Standard at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $30-$40. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Saturday - 12/15 - Historical Walking Tour meets at Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. 90-minute guided tour showcases the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings/landmarks. Tours begin by the Banyan Tree at 101 N Clematis St, end at Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N Dixie Hwy. 10 am. $10/person. Registration: 8324164 x100; hspbc.org 12/15 - Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Workshop at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens Theater, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $50. 4950233 x210; morikami.org 12/15 - 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). Registration: 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/15 - Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach conducted by Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History departs 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. 3rd & 4th Sat Year-round, rain or shine. 11 am. $51-$60/adult & senior citizen; free/ child under 18. Reservations: 638-8277; tastehistoryculinarytours.org 12/15 - 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 12/15 - Creative Arts School Open House at Old School Square Fieldhouse, 51 N Swinton Ave. 12:30-3:30 pm. Free. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/15 - Writing Workshop: Blog Posts at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. National Novel Writing Month activity to encourage/inspire writers. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org
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December 2018 12/15 - La Traviata part of Met Opera Live in HD Series at The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 1 pm. $25/adult; $15/student w/ID. 655-7226; fourarts.org 12/15 - Artist at Work Series: Jane Levy: Sculpture and Jewelry at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Demonstration, discussion w/he artist about process, materials, concepts of creating art. 3-4 pm. Free w/museum admission. 3922500; bocamuseum.org 12/15 - Seth Walker at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $15-$35. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/15 - Art Walk and Open Mic Night at Boynton Beach Art District, 410-422 W Industrial Ave. 6 pm. Free. 786-521-1199; boyntonbeachartdistrict.com 12/15 - Romero Britto: The Art of Happiness Exhibition at Wentworth Gallery, Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Rd. Artist appearance. 6-9 pm. Free. 338-0804; wentworthgallery.com 12/15 - Avery Sommers: Love … It’s Magic at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $35-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/15 - Forever Styx at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $20-$75. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org
Sunday - 12/16 - The Chronicles of The Last Jewish Gangster From Meyer to Myron with Myron Sugarman presented by Chabad of East Boca Raton at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Breakfast, lecture, book signing. 10 am. $25. RSVP: 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.com/ Myron 12/16 - Boutique Extravaganza at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Rd, Delray Beach. Hosted by Rabin Hadassah of Valencia Lakes. 11 am-4 pm. 498-1012; hadassah.org 12/16 - Dixieland/Hot Jazz Session at Boca Raton Shrine Club, 601 Clint Moore Rd. Larry Kendzora’s Hornucopia. Presented by Hot Jazz & Alligator Gumbo Society. 1-4 pm. $5/member; $10/non-member. 954-6510970; hagsjazz.com 12/16 - Music in the Museum: Sonya Nanos, David Brill, and Jiawei Yuan at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Limited seating. 3-4 pm. Free w/museum admission. 392-2500; bocamuseum.org 12/16 - Concert: The Enchanted Dawn: The Billington and Gonzalez Duo part of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 2:30 pm preconcert lecture; 3 pm concert. $20/person; free/age 18 & under. 276-4541; music. stpaulsdelray.org 12/16 - The Sunday Sleuths Book Group: Mayhem and Mass by Olivia Matthews at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 3 pm. Free. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com 12/16 - 2nd Annual Beethoven Birthday Concert with Asiya Korepanova, Pianist at Boca Raton Steinway Piano Gallery, 7940 N Federal Hwy. 4 pm. $25/advance; $30/at the door. 573-0644; pianolovers.org 12/16 - Flamenco Puro at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7-8:30 pm. $35$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Monday - 12/17 - From A Woman’s Perspective Book Group: The Kurdish Bike by Alessa Lightbourne at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Presented by Karen Kurzer. 10 am. Free. 2660798; delraylibrary.or 12/17 - Smart Digital Assistants for Your Home at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 1-2:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/17 - The Private Gardens of SMI Landscape Architecture with Jorge Sanchez at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. Book signing follows. 2:30 pm. Free. Reservations: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/17 - Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl CUSA Pep Rally at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Bring chairs/blankets; chair rentals $5/cash. 5:30-8:30 pm. Free. 362-3661; cheribundibocaratonbowl.com 12/17 - Blogs 3: After Launch at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 12/17-18 - Auditions for Wait Until Dark at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Prepare a 2-minute dramatic monologue. Production dates 2/28-3/17. 7 pm. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org Tuesday - 12/18 - Book Club: The Dry by Jane Harper by Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 10:30 am-noon. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org
12/18 - The Art of the Book with Marion Dolan at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Part of Lifelong Learning Institute. 2-3:30 pm. $25. 266-9490; delraylibrary.org 12/18 - Gmail Basics 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 12/18 - Ukulele Workshop and Jam at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Teens & adults. 5 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/18 - Trew Music School Holiday Recital at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 5:30 pm show. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/18 - Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/18 - Rising Stars Concert presented by Palm Beach Opera at Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Vocal powerhouses of Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artist and Apprentice Artist Programs. 7 pm. Tickets start at $35. 8337888; pbopera.org 12/18 - The Tuesday Murder Club Book Group: The Taster by V.S. Alexander at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 6:30 pm. Free. 279-7790; murderonthebeach.com 12/18 - 2018 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: AAC vs. CUSA at Florida Atlantic University Stadium, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton. Postseason college football. 7 pm. $33-$58.75. 362-3661; cheribundibocaratonbowl.com 12/18 - 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 Wednesday - 12/19 - Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise leaves from Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 90-minute afternoon cruise through the Venice of America, cruise by Fort Lauderdale Millionaire’s Row to a private island where participants watch a gator show, have lunch aboard. Includes motor coach transportation. 11:15 am-5:45 pm. $59/person. 367-7035; patchreefpark.org 12/19 - The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer part of Page Turners Book Discussion Group at The Society of the Four Arts King Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 1:30 pm. Free. 655-2766; fourarts.org 12/19 - Gmail 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 12/19 - Zonta Club of Boca Raton at Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 3nd W 5:30 pm. $30. 482-1013; zontabocaraton.org 12/19 - Highland Beach Coastal Democratic Club at Highland Beach Library, 3618 S Ocean Blvd. 3rd W 6:30 pm. Free. 272-6280 Thursday - 12/20 - The Funky Biscuit Holiday Party featuring The Bobby Nathan Band and TwoCan Blue & Friends at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. Free. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/20 - Lox Farm to Table with Chef Tom Whitaker at The Colony Palm Beach, 155 Hammon Ave. Five course tasting menu completed with beverage pairings by Sommelier Eric Hammer. 7 pm. $120/person. 659-8100; thecolonypalmbeach.com 12/20 - Art Meets Music at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 3rd Th 7-11 pm. Free. 450-6357; artsgarage.org Friday - 12/21 - Password Managers at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Part of Appy Hour class series. 1-2:30 pm. Free. Registration: 266-0196; delraylibrary. org 12/21 - The Wildfire Band at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 9 pm show. $10-$25. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/21 - Dance Arts Conservatory Ballet Performance at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 6-7:30 pm. $10/adult; $5/child age 5-12. 233-1757; mounts.org 12/21 - Greenlane Free Friday Concert: Higher Ground (Top 40) at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. No pets or outside food/ beverage. Weather permitting. 6:30 pm gates open; 7:30 pm concert starts. Free
admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare.org 12/21 - West Coast Swing Dance Class at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Instructor John Grassia. Singles and couples welcome. Every F through 1/25.7:30-9 pm. $50/resident; $62.50/nonresident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/21 - House Teams Show at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Not recommended for children under age 13. 8-9 pm. $10. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/21 - Stand Up Comedy Show at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 9:30-10:45 pm. $10. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com Saturday - 12/22 - Winter Craft Beer Garden at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave. Local craft seasonal favorites, full bar, holiday DJ, lawn games and raffles. All ages, must be 21+ to drink. 5-10 pm. $15/branded beer stein w/complimentary 1st pour; $5/ drink tickets. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/22 - Turnstiles: The Ultimate Tribute to The Music of Billy Joel at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $20-$35. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/22 - This Land Is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center South Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Part of Nostalgia Concert Series Featuring The Pink Slip Duo. 7:30 pm. $35. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter. com
Sunday - 12/23 - Sundays at Sinai: Three Singing Jewish Men at 2475 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. 3 pm. $5/member; $8/nonmember. 276-6161; templesinaipbc.org Tuesday - 12/25 - Christmas Day Friday - 12/28 - The Wolfepak Band at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 9 pm show. $12-$25. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 12/28 - Greenlane Free Friday Concert: Solid Brass: Great Horn bands from the 70s at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. 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 12/28 - Benny Goodman and Friends at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $40-$50. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/28 - Open Mic Night at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Every 4th F 8-9:30 pm. $5. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/28-30 - Rock Baby Rock with Lance Lipinsky at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. F/ Sat 8 pm; Sat 2 pm; Sun 4 pm. $75-$85. 9952333; thewick.org
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Saturday - 12/29 - Classic Albums Live: The Beatles Abbey Road at The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Classic albums recreated live, on stage, note for note, cut for cut. 8-10 pm. $20-$75. 243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org 12/29 - Haka & The Cuban Hipsters in Concert at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $30-$40. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 12/29-30 - Simply Streisand with Carla DelVillaggio at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Part of Michael Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live series. Sat/Sun 2 pm; Sat 8 pm. $35. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/29-31 - Brothers & Sisters Annual Holiday Jam Celebrating The Music of the Allman Brothers & The Lives of Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks at The Funky
Community Calendar AT23 Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open. Show: Sat/M 8 pm; Sun 7 pm. 3 day/$100; per day/$40-$70. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com Sunday - 12/30 - Jazil Brazz Returns at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 7-8:30 pm. $35-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage. org Monday - 12/31 - New Year’s Eve 12/31 - New Year’s Eve! Fever: Peggy Lee & Friends at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. 12:30 pm VIP reception $75; 1 pm lobby only reception $50; 2 pm show; 6:30 pm VIP reception $100; 7 pm lobby only reception $75; 8 pm show. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 12/31 - Concert: Bach’s Goldberg Variations at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 4 pm concert; New Year’s Eve sparkling wine toast follows. $20/person; free/age 18 & under. 276-4541; music.stpaulsdelray.org 12/31 - Family Friendly New Year’s Eve at Old School Square, 51 N SWinton Ave, Delray Beach. Live entertainment, resolution wall, vintage game room, carousel/mini-golf/ice skating ($3), food/beverage for purchase, DJ, fireworks, more. 5-9 pm. Free/admission. Downtowndelraybeach.com 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 pm dinner; 7:30 reception; 8 pm show. $115/ dinner & show; $40 show only. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org 12/31 - Frank Sinatra Tribute at Ellie’s 50’s Diner, 2410 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach. Show, buffet dinner, cash bar. 8 pm-1 am. $85. 276-1570; elliescatering.com 12/31 - The Motortown All-Stars at Delray Beach Marriott, 10 N Ocean Blvd. Live entertainment, gourmet dinner/dessert, champagne toast, live broadcast from Times Square. 9 pm. $159-$179. 800-385-8205; poprockdoowopp.com Tuesday - 1/1/19 - New Year’s Day Thursday - 1/3 - Legendary Film Directors Workshop with Bill David at The Society of The Four Arts Dixon Education Building, 240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. Held again 2/7, 3/7 & 4/4. 2:304:30 pm. $100/four-class series, $35/class. Reservations: 805-8562; fourarts.org 1/3 - Mingo Fishtrap at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 8 pm show. $25-$45. 465-3946; funkybiscuit.com 1/3 - Adobe Photoshop 1 at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Adults. 6-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7852; bocalibrary.org 1/3 - Feelin’ Groovy: The Life and Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center South Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Part of Nostalgia Concert Series Featuring The Pink Slip Duo. 7:30 pm. $35. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter. com 1/3 - Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. 8 pm. $35-$45. 243-7922 x1; oldschoolsquare.org Friday - 1/4 - Box Lunch It with The Symphonia at Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton. Share a box lunch with the conductor, soloist, musicians. 11:30 am. $35. 376-3848; thesymphonia.org 1/4 - Sumi-e Ink Painting Class at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Every F through 1/25. Floral 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Landscape 1:30-3:30 pm. $55/member; $60/non-member. Registration: 495-0233; morikami.org
1/4 - Marcia Ball at The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 5 pm doors open; 9 pm show. $30-$50. 465-3946; funkybiscuit. com 1/4 - Exhibit Opening Reception: In The Eyes Of The Beholder at Artist’s Eye Gallery Boutique, 604 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth. Runs through 1/27. 6-8 pm. Free. 586-8666; lwartleague.org 1/4 - Greenlane Free Friday Concert: Jahfe (Reggae Rock and Dancehall) at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N Swinton Ave. Gourmet food trucks, cash bar. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. No pets or outside food/beverage. Weather permitting. 6:30 pm gates open; 7:30 pm concert starts. Free admission/donations appreciated. 243-9722; oldschoolsquare.org 1/4 - Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center South Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $35. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter. com 1/4 - Watermelon Slim at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $35-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 1/4-5 - Jeff Harnar Sings Cole Porter at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Part of Michael Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live series. 8 pm. $35. 272-1281; delraybeachplayhouse.com 1/4-6 - Dramaworkshop’s New Year/New Plays Festival at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach. Plays include The Captives by Barbara BlumenthalEhrlich, Drift by William Francis Hoffman, With by Carter Lewis, Ordinary Americans by Joseph McDonough, Red, White, Black and Blue by Michael McKeever. F 3-9 pm; Sat 1-9 pm; Sun 12:30-8 pm. $50/3 days; $25/1 day; $15/per play; $25/Sunday lunch. 514-4042; palmbeachdramaworks.org Saturday - 1/5 - 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. Program aimed at beginners. Every Sat through 2/2 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $150/member; $155/ non-member. 495-0233 x210; morikami.org 1/5 - Book Club: Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier at The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach. 12-2 pm. 278-8883; spadymuseum. com 1/5 - Nihongo: Japanese Language Intensive Workshop 1-B at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 2-day course: effective conversational Japanese, reading/writing skills. Held again 1/26. 1-5 pm. $90. Registration: 495-0233; morikami. org 1/5 - Jackie The Joke Man Martling at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Rrazz Room, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 7:30 pm. $35-$45. 844-672-2849; miznerparkculturalcenter.com 1/5 - Jose Fajardo Jr. at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. 8-10 pm. $35-$45. 450-6357; artsgarage.org 1/5 - First Nighters at Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. Hobnob w/performers; have your photo taken w/the stars. Follows performance of ABBACADABRA. 9 pm. $20. 237-7750; lynn.tix.com 1/5-6 - ABBACADABRA at Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N Military Tr, Boca Raton. Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 4 pm. $50$70. 237-9000; lynn.tix.com 1/5-6 - The Capitol Steps at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Sat 8 pm; Sun 2 pm. $65-$450. 2437922 x1; oldschoolsquare.org
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Light Ten years ago, we created our first holiday gift guide, inspired by tiny treasures. This year, we looked to the sun, the moon, the stars and the sky for inspiration, finding presents large and small, both in size and price, that should appeal to just about anyone on your list.
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If there is one thing we have learned over a decade of preparing these guides for the readers of The Coastal Star, it is this: Serving you is the greatest gift of all. Thank you, and happiest of holidays!
This glittery Hannah Banana Cosmic Cutie dress evokes the fireworks and the cosmos, with its comets and stars that seemingly twinkle. There are roses and butterflies, too. Don’t want to see stars? Elegant Child of Boca Raton also has a large lineup of duds for the little lads in your life, as well as clothing for infants. This sparkly dress is available for $66. Elegant Child of Boca Raton is at 59 S. Federal Highway; 416-0152 or www. elegantchildboca. com.
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Star light, star bright
We’re big fans of Pedro Maldonado’s designs at Jewelry Artisans. But if you ask us, this Victorian bangle bracelet also packs real star power. It’s a 19th-century antique made of 18-karat gold, with a cobalt fire enamel locket, perfect for hiding a picture of your loved one. It’s available for $8,900. We’re also partial to an 18-karat gold cuff with over 2 carats of diamonds set in a star motif. It’s priced at $22,000. Jewelry Artisans is at 247 S. Ocean Blvd. in the Plaza del Mar, Manalapan; 586-8687 or www.jewelryartisanspalmbeach.com.
This little light of mine
All that glitters is not gold — or diamonds, for that matter. But dainty rhinestones outline the curves of this shell nightlight, which would be perfect as a gift for a friend or for oneself. It would suffuse any room with a golden glow. It’s $34 at the Boynton Beach Postal & Gift Center, Sunshine Square, 562 E. Woolbright Road; 738-6002.
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That special someone will look like a Hollywood star with these “Lloyd” sunglasses by Linea Roma. The unisex specs offer a green tint and goldtone frames in a classic aviator style.
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Buy these as a gift, or treat yourself — after all, you have only one pair of eyes. Why not protect them? Available for $235 at Eye Catchers Optique, 318 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 3380081 or www.eyecatchersboca.com.
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Forget the land. Forget global warming. Unlike a terrestrial globe, this solar-powered celestial Mova globe highlights the stars we see from beyond our Earth. The clear plastic globe perches atop a Lucite stand, and the planet spins inside. From what we saw, the brighter the light, the faster it spins. Kids of all ages will appreciate it, but at $195, it might be better suited to adults. Available at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton; 544-8610.
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Chinese lanterns and pagodas beam from these Shanghai pajamas by Jaye’s Studio. The cotton sateen jammies offer pockets on the pants and a five-button closure, just right for perfecting a weekend lounge act. The whimsical Asian design will make the wearer smile each time she slips them on. Priced at $94 at Snappy Turtle, 1100 E. Atlantic Ave., Unit A, Delray Beach; 2768088 or www.snappy-turtle.com.
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Shine a light
Here’s an opportunity to invest in an heirloom. The menorah is a key symbol of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. The eight days and nights of the festival commemorate the rededication in biblical times of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Lady Liberty beams from this menorah, created by Palm Beach County artist Debbie Lee Mostel, who is known for transforming found objects into fine art. It’s available for $150 at The Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach store at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, at 601 Lake Ave., downtown Lake Worth; 471-2901 or www.palmbeachculture. com.
This heirloom-quality crèche takes Christmas back to its beginnings, with Jesus’ humble birth in Bethlehem. The figures of this five-piece Italian set, made by Fontanini by Roman, are delicately hand-painted, and an angel holds a banner that reads “Gloria.” This set is offered for $195. Larger sets also are available. They’re at Gulfstream Pharmacy, 4998 N. Ocean Blvd., Briny Breezes; 276-4800.
If there’s one thing we could use this time of year, it’s peace — both literally and as a concept. These birds take to the heavens and remind us there is something beyond us and the Earth. The pressed metal pieces, which are made in India, would be at home on a Christmas tree as they would be hanging on a wall. And at $12 for the larger and $8 for the smaller bird, you easily could fill either a wall or a tree with a flock. Available at Sugarboo & Co., Mizner Park, 347 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 465-2407 or www.sugarbooandco.com.
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It’s in the bag
A sea star shines from the top of this coral-colored patent leather clutch by local designer Sasha Lickle. The purse is perfect for day or evening use — picture this with your favorite Lilly Pulitzer print or paired with a little black (or white) dress. Simply stunning! Priced at $168 at C. Orrico, 1045 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 278-5353 or www.corrico.com.
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Or out ... with recycled metal art from the Caribbean, handcrafted of metal drums using hammer and chisel. The metal surfaces, in assorted sizes, are handpainted in vibrant colors by Haitian artisans. Hand’s owner David Cook and curator Roz Castle have other unique, celestial items, as well as beachy hangings. Prices range from $5.95 to $249.95 at Hand’s, 325 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 276-4194 or www.handsdelray.com
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Designer Karen Corcoran has an eye for objects that evoke the shore. These delicate fingertip towels would be right at home in any coastal powder room. The embroidered sea star’s colors evoke the pink and rosy hues of the sunrise. It’s practical, pretty, and a perfect hostess gift. Available for $38 at Details Design, Ocean Plaza, 640 E. Ocean Ave., Bay 1, Boynton Beach; 733-1447.
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Bethesda Hospital East gets new beds
ew beds are in use at Bethesda Hospital East. The Boynton Beach hospital bought 234 medical surgical beds, 26 critical care beds, 13 labor and delivery beds and three bariatric beds, all manufactured by Stryker Medical. This is the 401-bed hospital’s largest bed investment in its 59-year history. “This purchase underscores our commitment to providing an excellent environment of care for our patients and families,” said Ela C. Lena, chief operating officer of Bethesda Hospital East. The new beds each have a system that tracks the patient’s position and alerts caregivers if the patient is at risk of falling, as well as mattresses specially made to reduce pressure ulcers.
Susan G. Komen South Florida named its 10 Warriors in Pink for 2019, part of a program supported Gustman nationally by Ford Motor Co. Komen South Florida Warriors took action, raised money and got involved to support the Jan. 26 Race for the Cure for breast cancer. Of the 10, three are South County residents. Tara Gustman, 35, of Boca Raton, who was diagnosed within the last year, is using her story to inspire others through her Facebook group and blog, LetMeGetTheseOffMyChest. com. Kirsten Stanley, 42, of Gulf
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Stream, who has stage 4 breast cancer and goes for treatment every three weeks, still works full-time, volunteers and is active playing tennis and riding horses. Rona Tata, 54, of Delray Beach, is a one-year survivor who is using her recent experience to walk her coworkers and friends through their fear of getting mammograms and teaching others about the importance of early detection. She is the principal at S.D. Spady Montessori Magnet School. The 2019 Warriors in Pink will share their experiences with the community throughout the year and have a special role at the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure on Jan. 26 in West Palm Beach, where they will lead other survivors to the Meyer Amphitheatre stage during the survivor recognition ceremony. For information, visit www.komensouthflorida. org/race. Delray Medical Center was given five-star ratings for cardiac, orthopedics, neurosciences, pulmonary and gastro outcomes, according to a study released in October by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The complete report and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
More than 250 new beds have been installed in Bethesda Hospital East. With one of them are (l-r) Dr. Daniel Goldman, the hospital’s chief medical officer; Chief Operating Officer Ela C. Lena; Jeff Lepior from manufacturer Stryker; and Roger L. Kirk, CEO of the Bethesda hospitals. Photo provided The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has partnered with the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center to establish a neurology and neurosurgery alliance in accordance with the VA Mission Act of 2018. The collaboration will open lines of communication to better track patient progress and outcomes. Maureen Mann, executive director of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, Mann received the volunteer award for Excellence in Advocacy by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. This honor, awarded in October, recognized her efforts to enhance awareness of cancer research and treatment. Mann was a leader in
Florida’s successful effort to raise the state’s cigarette excise tax by $1 per pack in 2009, the first increase in more than two decades. She played a key role in defeating a proposal to cut millions from Florida’s tobacco control program earlier this year. She also helped grow the South Florida Policy Forum into one of the largest American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network fundraising events in the country. Call 4 Health will host Kevin Ames, Tanner Institute’s director of speaking and training, as keynote speaker at its fifth annual user conference on Jan. 16 and 17 at the Delray Beach Marriott. Ames Ames will talk about the best practices for developing successful workplace cultures. “The annual user conference is our way of equipping industry clients and partners with the influential tools they need to thrive in the health care industry,” said Joseph Pores, CEO of Call 4 Health. Conference sponsors include 1 Call, Compass IT Compliance, Commonwealth Purchasing Group, Crown Castle and Blue Stream. For information or to register, visit www.call4health. com and click on the user conference banner. Call 4 Health is a medical call center headquartered in Delray Beach. Send health news to Christine Davis at email@example.com.
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Happiness is a choice, life coach says
n the glory that is Palm Beach, with its towering palms, tropical palaces and purveyors of precious jewels, who could possibly be seeking more happiness? Well, in a private dining room at Bice on Peruvian Avenue, two dozen people (who, for the record, looked perfectly content with their lives) were ready. They were attending a monthly meeting of the Happiness Club, which offers ideas and strategies for achieving the elusive state of happiness. The club is a Boren subgroup of the Foundation for Women’s Cultural and Economic Literacy, a nonprofit educational group based in Palm Beach and New York. The speaker was Minx Boren, a life coach and author based in Palm Beach Gardens. No saccharine platitudes from “Coach Minx,” as she calls herself. She offered a bagful of tips that can be practiced anywhere, anytime. “I don’t leave the mirror in the morning until I can walk out of that room with a smile,” she told the group. To keep each other honest, she and a friend regularly check on each other’s morning mirror smiles. Two tips in two minutes. Not bad for the $20 admission. And Boren was far from done. “It’s not how a day unfolds, it’s how we unfold our day,” she said. “We can unfold it with meditation, a prayer, a smile. We can look into the mirror and see our radiance.” Boren studied with Martin Seligman, former head of the American Psychological Association and founder of the Happiness Project, now the World Well-Being Project, based at the University of Pennsylvania. “He noticed that all the research was about what was wrong with us,” said Boren. “After World War II, people were coming back depressed. “The ones who came back and got a life, got a wife, got a job — no one looked at the people who manage to get well and stay well.” Seligman’s young daughter set him on the path. When she helped him in the garden, she spent as much time chasing butterflies as weeding. When he pointed that out, she replied, “Do you remember when I was younger I used to whine a lot? If I can learn not to whine, then you can learn not to be such a grouch.” Seligman put his daughter’s lesson into practice. “He began by looking at the cornerstones of happiness, but it’s more than happiness,” said Boren. “It’s fulfillment, having a fulfilling life.”
Boren and her husband had their own epiphany from their son when he was small. “My husband and I always clink our glasses to happiness and my son thought we were saying ‘happy mess.’ That’s brilliant. Now we toast our happy messes.” Boren asked the group at Bice to add to their lives the components of flourishing. She likes the word because it contains the idea of flowering and growing luxuriantly. Those components include encouraging positive emotions, engagement with meaningful activities, relationships with others, a sense of purpose and accomplishment. She strongly recommends keeping a daily gratitude journal, and several members of the audience said they do the same. “It’s the single most effective way to increase your sense of happiness,” she said. She quoted the philosopher Voltaire’s advice to make the choice to construct a happy day, and she invoked what she called “the Beethoven factor,” referring to his continuing to compose great music after going deaf. “If Beethoven could manage, so can you,” she said. “I’m not about negating sadness, I’m not about putting on a happy face. I’m saying, turn off your cellphone and go for a walk in the woods, truly allow yourself to be fully connected. You will have a whole different perspective on life.” Audience members had some ideas of their own on the subject of engagement: listening to the sound of waves on the beach, breathing deeply, swimming, being fully present when meeting a new person. “Another word for engagement is savoring the moment,” said Boren. She also suggests writing —
and sending — “legacy letters” to friends and family, focusing on specific things that make those people precious. “On Saturday, I sat down and wrote legacy letters to my son and my daughter,” said Boren. “It’s the best gift I know how to give people.” At the end of the meeting, Boren encouraged the attendees to stay in touch and let her know they’re on the road to flourishing, asking for a show of hands. Only a few hands went in the air. Boren persisted. “I’m a coach and coaches challenge. Don’t just walk out and say I was dynamic. I want you to email me in a month. I want to know what you did and what shifted.” Laura Opdenaker, who runs an events and public relations firm, brought a friend to share wine and hors d’oeuvres before the presentation. She likes the Happiness Club so much she just joined the board of directors. “When I started coming to events, I loved listening to the people at my table,” she said. “There’s a good energy in the room. The group is always very diverse. They are very supportive of each other. It wasn’t just another cocktail party.” The Happiness Club meets at least once a month. Venues vary. For more information on the Foundation for Women’s Cultural and Economic Literacy, visit www.fwcel.org. For more information on Minx Boren, visit www. coachminx.com. Lona O’Connor has a lifelong interest in health and healthy living. Send column ideas to Lona13@ bellsouth.net.
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Saturday - 12/1 - 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 12/1 - 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 12/1 - Qi Gong at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Ancient Chinese system of exercise, meditation. Improve flexibility, balance, muscle tone, energy, mental well-being. Adults. Sat 9 am. Free introductory class. $40/month. Reservations: 419-5403; facebook.com/ WestBocaTaiChi 12/1 – Adult Aerobics at Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave. T/Th 6-7 pm; M/W/Sat 9-10 am. Monthly pass $74-$90/ resident, $80-$98/non-resident; unlimited classes $110/resident, $120/non-resident. 7342306; mydelraybeach.com 12/1 - Yoga Class at Train Depot, 747 S Dixie Hwy, Boca Raton. 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 12/1 - Kemetic Yoga at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Williams Cottage, 170 NE 5th Ave, Delray Beach. Calming, therapeutic yoga using ancient Kemetic postures/teachings. Bring yoga mat, water; wear comfortable clothing. Every Sat 9:30-11 am. $10/person. 279-8883; spadymuseum.com 12/1 - Yoga Class at Boca Raton Community
Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Every M-Sat 9:30-11 am. 5 classes $75/resident, $94/nonresident; 10 classes $130/resident, $162.50/ non-resident; 20 classes $240/resident, $300/ non-resident. 477-8727; myboca.us 12/1 - Baby University for Expectant Parents at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Education Center, 800 Meadows Rd. 10 am-1 pm. $35/person. Registration: 923-9635; bocavipediatrics.com 12/1– Aerobics with Soul at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Sat 10-11 am. Per class: $10/resident, $11/non-resident. 7342306; mydelraybeach.com 12/1 - 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 12/1 - 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; 1st & 3rd Sat 10 am. $10/class; 60-day membership (unlimited classes) $65/resident, $81.25/nonresident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/1 - Capoeira Fitness at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. Age 12 & up. Every Sat 10:30 am. Free. 393-7703; downtownboca.org 12/1 - Zumba Class at South Beach Park Pavilion, 400 N State Rd A1A, Boca Raton. Every Sat 10:30 am. Free. 393-7703; downtownboca. org 12/1 - Aikido Class at Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Classes explore
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effective, non-violent methods of conflict resolution. Every Sat 12:30-2:30 pm. Per month $25/resident; $31.25/non-resident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/1 - Chair Yoga at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Every Sat 1 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/1 - CA (Cocaine Anonymous) at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Every Sat 6 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/1-2 - Yoga Class at South Palm Beach Town Hall Chambers, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. Every Sat/Sun 9:30 am. $5/class. 588-8889; southpalmbeach.com
Sunday - 12/2 - Yoga at the Beach at Red Reef Park East, 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Register/get parking pass at Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. No cash accepted on-site. Sun 4:30 pm. $10/class; 60-day membership (unlimited classes) $65/resident, $81.25/nonresident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/2 - CODA (Codependents Anonymous) at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Sun 6 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/3 - Circuit Training at Sugar Sand Park Field House, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Circuit-based workout targets multiple muscle groups to build lean muscles. M/T/Th 8:309:20 am or 9:30-10:20 am. 1 class $12-$15; 4 classes $40-$50; 8 classes $70-$88; 12 classes $100-$125, 15 classes $125-$156. 306-6985; firstname.lastname@example.org Monday - 12/3 - Yoga Class at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every M 9:30 am. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/3 - Yoga Class for Seniors at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every M 10 am. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/3 - Life Issues: A Support Group for Adults at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. W 6-7:30 pm or M 10-11:30 am. $5/session. 483-5300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/3 - Exercise Class at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every M 5:30 pm. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/3 - Yoga at the Library at Delray Beach Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Every M through 12/17 6 pm. Free. 266-0194; delraylibrary.org 12/3 - Boca Raton Multiple Myeloma Support Group at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Meet,
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December 2018 interact w/fellow myeloma patients, their family members, friends. Learn new aspects of treatment/management of myeloma. 1st M 6:30-8 pm. Free. 901-5938; 637-4682; myeloma.org 12/3 - Men’s Issues Support Group at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. Every M 6:30-8 pm. $5/session. 4835300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org Tuesday - 12/4 - Yoga Class at South Palm Beach Town Hall Chambers, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. Every T 9 am. $5/class. 588-8889; southpalmbeach.com 12/4 - 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 12/4 - 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 12/4 - Big & Loud: Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Program at Bethesda Heart Hospital 3rd Floor Conference Room, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Held again 12/18. 10:3011:30 am. Free. 292-4950; RLatino@BHInc.org 12/4 – Breastfeeding Support Group at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Dawson Theater, 800 Meadows Rd. Every T noon-1:30 pm. Free. 955-5415; brrh.com 12/4 - Modern Line Dance Class at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Enhance quality of life through modern music, dance. Age 50 & up. Every T 1:30-2:30 pm. Per class: $5/resident; $6/non-resident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Zumba Gold at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Age 18 & up. Th/F 9:3010:30 am, T 3-4 pm. Per class $5/resident; $6/ nonresident. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Tai Chi Class at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Moving meditation for focus, concentration, release of stress, attention skills. Every T Beginners 5:30-6:30 pm; Intermediate 6-7 pm; Advanced 6:30-7:30 pm. 8 classes $48/resident, $60/ non-resident; 12 classes $66/resident, $82/ non-resident. 393-7807; myboca.us 12/4 - Zumba at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Adults. Every T 6-7 pm. $50/12 classes. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/4 - Al-Anon 12-Step Study at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Every T 7 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org Wednesday - 12/5 - Tai Chi Class at South Palm Beach Town Hall Chambers, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. Every W 9-10 am. $5/class. 588-8889; southpalmbeach.com 12/5 - Yoga Class at Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. Ages 18 & up. Every W 9-10:30 am. Per class: $10/residents; $15/non-residents. 243-7350; mydelraybeach.com 12/5 - First Wednesdays: Microaggression with Eve Schwartz, M.A. at Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Rd, Boca Raton. 11 am-noon. Free. Reservations required: 4835300; faulkcenterforcounseling.org 12/5 - Stretching The Mind, Stretching The Body at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Vamps, Arnis (hip circle), hand movements. Adults. Every W & F 1-2:15 pm. $7/class. 477-8814; myboca.us 12/5 - 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 12/5 - AA Big Book Study at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Every W 5:30 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach. org 12/5 - 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 12/5 - Family and Friends at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Education Center Classroom B, 800 Meadows Rd. Basics of infant, child and adult CPR, relief of choking, child and infant one-person CPR. Includes course book, completion certification. Held again 12/12, 19 & 12/29 (9-11 am). 6-8 pm. $25. Registration: 955-4468; brrh.com 12/5 - Food Addicts Anonymous at The Crossroads Club Room E, 1700 Lake Ida Rd, Delray Beach. Every W 7 pm. Free. 680-0724; foodaddictsanonymou.org 12/5 - AA Meeting at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Every W 7:30 pm LGBTQ; 8 pm Men’s meeting. Free. 2765796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/5 - Soulcore at St Mark Catholic Church St Clare Room, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Bring floor mat/optional hand weights. Every W
4:30-5:30 pm. Free/donations accepted. R7349330; stmarkboynton.com Thursday - 12/6 - Lunch & Learn: Is DBS an Option for Me? at Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter, 21301 Powerline Rd #303, Boca Raton. Noon. Free. 962-1702; parksinson.org 12/6 – How to Stop Fear from Controlling Your Life with Barb Schmidt at Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute Dawson Theater, 690 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 12/6 - Yoga Class at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. Every Th 6:30 pm. Free. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org Friday - 2/7 - Zumba Gold Class at South Palm Beach Town Hall, 3577 S Ocean Blvd. Every F 10-11 am. $5/class. 588-8889; southpalmbeach.com 12/7 – Breastfeeding Support Group at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Dawson Theater, 800 Meadows Rd. Every F 1-3:30 pm. Free. 955-5415; brrh.com 12/7 - Open AA Meeting at Unity of Delray Beach Fellowship Hall, 101 NW 22nd St. Every F 7:30 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach. org Saturday - 12/8 - Boot Camp for New Dads Class at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Education Center, 800 Meadows Rd. 9 am-noon. $25. Registration: 955-4468; brrh.com 12/8 - Sprouting For The Health of It at Mounts Botanical Garden Auditorium, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 10 am-noon. $20/ member; $25/non-member. 233-1757; mounts. org 12/8 - Meditation Support Group at Bethesda Heart Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Every 2nd Sat 10:30 am. Free. 292-4948; email@example.com 12/8 - Safe Baby: Prepare, Prevent & Respond Prenatal Class at Bethesda Memorial Hospital Parent Education Resource Center, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Increase awareness of safe practices, what to do in the event of an emergency. 2-3:30 pm. $10/ couple. Payment due before class date. 3692229; publicrelations@BHInc.org
Sunday - 12/9 - Childbirth Express: A Day Full of Fun & Learning at Bethesda Memorial Hospital Parent Education Resource Center, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. 10 am-5 pm. $50/couple. Payment due before class date. 369-2229; publicrelations@BHInc.org Monday - 12/10 - Surgical Weight Loss: The Next Step to a Healthier You at Bethesda Heart Hospital Clayton Conference Center, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. 2nd M 5:30 pm. Free. 853-1600; firstname.lastname@example.org 12/10 - Baby Care Basics: Newborn Care and Comfort at Bethesda Memorial Hospital Parent Education Resource Center, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Diapering, feeding, bathing, soothing baby. 6-8:30 pm. $10/couple. Payment due before class date. 369-2229; publicrelations@BHInc.org Wednesday - 12/11 - Breastfeeding: Health Benefits for Mom and Baby at Bethesda Heart Hospital, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Certified lactation consultant teaches expectant parents about benefits of breastfeeding. 6-8:30 pm. Free. 369-2229; email@example.com Thursday - 12/12 - Venous Insufficiency & Varicose Veins: A Commonly Misdiagnosed Cause of Leg Pain and Swelling at Bethesda Hospital East Clayton Conference Center, 2815 S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Presented by Michael Metzger, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist; part of Ask the Physician Lecture Series. 4:30 pm. Free. 731-2273; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday - 12/20 - Project COPE: A Forum Series for Families in the Opioid Crisis at Pompey Park Community Center, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Presented by Hanley Foundation. Project COPE (Connect for Overdose Prevention and Education) forums designed to connect people who share the experience of a loved one who has died of opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or is at high risk for overdose. 3rd Th 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. 268-2357; hanleyfoundation.org/project-c4ope
DEC 30-JAN 5
Tuesday - 1/1 - Something Big Yoga at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. All ages/levels welcome. 10 am-2:20 pm. Free. Pre-registration required: 479-7819; somethingbigyoga.com
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On the Water
ool weather of the late fall and winter brings schools of hard-fighting Spanish mackerel to the coast of Palm Beach County. Often called simply “Spanish,” the slender silver fish with golden spots on their sides can be found in shallow water along the county’s beaches as well as the inshore waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon from October through March. Casting jigs, spoons or lures from the Lake Worth Pier, the Boynton Inlet jetties or the inshore waters around Lantana’s Ocean Avenue Bridge can produce Spanish mackerel, especially after a cold front. Popular lures for Spanish include Gulfstream Flash Minnow jigs (try the half-ounce jig in the chartreuse/pearl color), Gotcha lures and silver surf-casting spoons such as Kastmasters. Lures need not be fancy. Some creative anglers put hooks and small weights into 2-inch sections of drinking straws or green surgical tubing to create mackerel jigs. Leader is important because toothy mackerel can sever fishing line with ease. Try tying on mackerel lures and jigs with about 2 feet of 40-pound-test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader, or use a trace of No. 4 wire to guard against cutoffs. Spanish like fast-moving baits, so don’t be shy after casting. Let your lure, spoon or jig sink for a few seconds, then reel fast, pausing now and then. Twitch the rod tip a few times until you develop a rhythm that triggers strikes from aggressive Spanish. For casting at Spanish, a 7-foot, medium-action spinning rod and reel spooled with 30-pound braided line (or 20-pound monofilament line) will get the job done. Just add leader and the jig, spoon or lure.
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Spanish mackerel moving into South Florida
TOP LEFT: Casting lures for Spanish mackerel include the chrome Gotcha lure (top), the Kastmaster casting spoon and the half-ounce Gulfstream Flash Minnow jig. LEFT: At the Juno Beach pier, Jose Villanueva shows two of the Spanish mackerel he caught using a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow lure. ABOVE: Spanish mackerel fillets after being soaked overnight in a brine solution and smoked on a charcoal grill with a side firebox. Photos by Willie Howard/ The Coastal Star For trolling — a good way to find Spanish when fishing from a boat — use a conventional rod holding 20- to 30-pound-test line. Rig the trolling rod with a small cigar weight, a swivel and a trolling spoon such as a 3-inch Clarkspoon. (Use about 2 feet of No. 4 wire above the spoon to guard against cutoffs.) Live natural baits such as pilchards and shrimp will catch Spanish as well. Lake Worth pier attendant Linda Carr said anglers caught large mackerel when schools of ballyhoo were around the pier in October. Cooler weather in December should encourage mackerel to move from points north into Palm Beach County’s near-shore
waters. Limits are generous for anglers targeting Spanish mackerel. They can keep up to 15 Spanish daily. Anglers must have a Florida saltwater fishing license (unless exempt). The minimum size for Spanish is 12 inches, measured from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail. Consider releasing smaller mackerel in favor of those that are at least 15 inches. A 20-inch Spanish is dinner for two. As with other saltwater fish, mackerel intended for the dinner table should be iced soon after they’re caught. Immersion in slush of icy saltwater is ideal. Spanish are among the easiest of saltwater fish to clean.
Just lay them flat and fillet them, being careful to remove the rib cage and any remnants of the fins. Leave the skin on. Mackerel are best eaten fresh — the same day they’re caught or the next day — unless they’re soaked overnight in a brine solution (in the fridge) and smoked for a longer shelf life. Options abound for cooking Spanish. They can be broiled skin-side down in the oven, cooked in a skillet with olive oil and garlic or placed on foil with olive oil, lemon slices and spices for grilling. My favorite Spanish recipe (available online) is the Food Network’s mackerel with fennel, olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
Seasonal manatee speed zones in effect
Seasonal boating idle-speed, no-wake zones designed to protect manatees took effect Nov. 15 and will remain in effect through March 31. Among the largest of the idle-speed manatee zones in Palm Beach County is south of Peanut Island near FPL’s Riviera Beach power plant, which attracts manatees with its warmwater outflow. To avoid manatees, boat operators should wear polarized sunglasses and watch the surface of the water for the swirls produced by their tails and the snouts of manatees surfacing for air. Problems with a manatees and suspected violations of boating regulations can be reported to the state’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.
Holiday boat parades
Boats decorated for the holiday season will light up the Intracoastal Waterway Dec. 14 during the annual Boynton Beach/Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Parade boats will gather at the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lantana and cruise south beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade will end at the C-15 canal (south end of Delray Beach). Viewing locations include Boynton Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Park and Jaycee Park in Boynton Beach as well as Veterans Park and Knowles Park in Delray Beach. Viewers also are expected to watch the parade from waterfront restaurants such as Two Georges, Banana Boat and Prime Catch in Boynton Beach and Deck 84 in Delray Beach. A captain’s meeting for participating boaters is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Banana Boat restaurant.
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Outdoors Calendar Note: Events are current as of 11/23. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/1 - 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 12/1 - Sand Sifters Beach Clean Up at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge. Meet at pavilion in lower parking lot. Held again 1/5. 8-10:15 am. Free. email@example.com 12/1 - 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 12/1 - 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 12/1 - 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. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org
Sunday - 12/2 - Intracoastal Adventures: Stand Up Paddleboarding at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Short talks about South Florida’s unique animals/ ecosystems. Age 12-adult; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11 am. $20/member; $30/non-member. 5448615; gumbolimbo.org Tuesday - 12/4 - Audubon Everglades at FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6315 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Speaker conservationist cinematographer Tom Fitz. 6:30 pm doors open; 7 pm program. Free. auduboneverglades.org
12/4 - 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. 1st T 7-9 pm. Free. 703-5638; bifc.org 12/4-5 - Guided Nature Walk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Guided walk along the Ashley Trail, 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 Wednesday - 12/5 - West Palm Beach Fishing Club at 201 5th St. Capt. Scott Hamilton: Wintertime Fly Fishing Off the Palm Beaches: Learn how to tie Scott’s famous “Eat Me” fly at 5:30 pm, prior to 7 pm meeting. Free. 832-6780; westpalmbeachfishingclub.org Saturday - 12/8 - 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: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 12/8 - 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. Hand-held dip nets and large seine nets allow participants to catch/release
The Sea Mist III drift fishing boat cruises down the Intracoastal Waterway during last year’s Boynton Beach/Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade. This year’s parade is Dec. 14. Photo provided by Boynton Beach CRA Entry forms can be found at www.catchboynton.com (click on “what’s happening”). Boca Raton is holding a separate holiday boat parade Dec. 22. Boca’s parade boats are scheduled to assemble near the C-15 canal and head south beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Boca parade will end at the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge. Note: Bridges will be held open for about 45 minutes at Spanish River Boulevard, Palmetto Park Road and Camino Real to allow the parade boats to pass. Viewing locations include Red Reef Park, Spanish River Park and Silver Palm Park. Entry forms and details about the Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade can be found at www.myboca.us (look under things to do and special events).
Dec. 1: 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 ($20 for ages 12-19). Register at the door. Bring lunch. Call 391-3600 or email fso-pe@ cgauxboca.org. Dec. 4: Boynton Beach Fishing Club meets, 7 p.m. in the clubhouse next to the boat ramps, Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park, 2010 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Details at www. bifc.org. Dec. 22: Basic boating safety class offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in
the classroom building next to the boat ramps, Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park, 2010 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Fee $25. Register at the door. Call 704-7440.
Tip of the month
If you’re going boating, surfing or snorkeling in the ocean, it’s smart to look for a wind and wave forecast. Problem is, that’s just a prediction. Better to know the actual wind direction and speed just before you head out. Search the internet for NDBC (National Data Buoy Center) and Lake Worth Pier. Click on recent data for Station LKWF1 to find fresh information on wind speed and direction, the speed of wind gusts plus air and water temperatures. Willie Howard is a freelance writer and licensed boat captain. Reach him at tiowillie@ bellsouth.net.
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Outdoors H13 a variety of fish, shrimp, crabs, marine life. Wear clothes that can get wet. Old Sneakers or water shoes only. Age 10 to adult; children must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 12/22. 1:30-3 pm. $7/ member; $10/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org
Sunday - 12/9 - Intracoastal Adventures: Kayaking at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Short talks about South Florida’s unique animals/ecosystems. Age 6-adult; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 12/16. 9-11 am. $20/ member; $30/non-member. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org Wednesday - 12/12 - Lantana Beach Cleanup at 100 N Ocean Blvd. Gloves/ bags provided. 2nd W 9-10 am. 585-8664; email@example.com Thursday - 12/13 - Early Birding with Al at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Learn about native and migratory birds from an experienced birder; walk the Ashley Trail/boardwalk in search of warblers, gnatcatchers, woodpeckers, other avian species. Binoculars recommended. Meet on the nature center front porch. Age 10+; children must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 12/27. 8-9:30 am. Free. 5448605; gumbolimbo.org
Saturday - 12/15 - Intracoastal Adventures: Canoeing at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Short talks about South Florida’s unique animals/ecosystems. Age 6-adult; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 2-3:30 pm. $15/member; $22/ non-member. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org
Wednesday - 12/19 - 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: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org
Thursday - 12/27 - 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 - 12/29 - Sea Angels Beach Cleanup at Ocean Inlet Park, 6990 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge. Last Sat 8-10:30 am. 369-5501; seaangels.org
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Wet or Missing Paper?
No matter how hard we try, there is always at least one wet or missing paper on the first weekend of the month when we deliver. When that happens, you can pick one up at these locations: Boca Raton
City Hall, Old Town Hall / Historical Society Downtown Library, Spanish River Library, Chamber of Commerce, 7-Eleven on East Palmetto Park Junior League of Boca Raton
City Hall, City Library, Chamber of Commerce, Capt. Franks, Cafe Frankie’s
Corporate office, Gulfstream Pharmacy
City Hall, Ellie’s 50’s Diner, Hear Again, Newsstand, Smart Zone, Chamber of Commerce, The Corcoran Group, Old School Square, Delray Garden Center, Waterway East, including Lang, Hy Ma Hy Pa, Private Jewelers, Premier Estate Properties, Douglas Elliman
Town Hall, Town Library
Brown Harris Stevens, Newsstand
Town Hall, Chamber of Commerce
Town Hall, Town Library, Plaza del Mar, including Ice Cream Club, Lang, Jewelry Artisans, Scott Gordon, John G’s Publix, Fountains Dry Cleaner, Palm Beach Travel
Town Hall, The Coastal Star Office
Fire/Raveis, RSVP, The Corcoran Group, Colony Hotel
The Spontaneous Christmas Pageant at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church lets children come onstage as they wish when the pastor calls out the need for story characters. Photo provided
Director-less pageant ready for 25th year
magine a children’s Christmas pageant with no assigned roles, no director and no rehearsals. Chaos, right? It is, but it’s charming chaos. St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach hosts its Spontaneous Christmas Pageant every year, and it’s so popular it’s standing room only. This is the 25th year for the pageant, which takes place at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the church. Dee Zlatic brought the idea for the Spontaneous Christmas Pageant with her when she relocated from Tenafly, N.J., years ago. She’s the children’s minister now but at the time she was a volunteer, and everyone loved her idea for this avant-garde event. She suspects the church would have loved any idea, but this was a good one. “We like it because there’s no
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What: The Spontaneous Christmas Pageant When: 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 Where: St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 3300 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. Info: 732-3060; stjoesweb. org work for the parents. They don’t have to commit to rehearsals or making costumes. Parents are busy enough,” Zlatic said. Here’s how it works: It begins with the pastor on stage reading the story of the birth of Jesus from the gospel. Every time a character is introduced, the rector calls out, “We need” — a soldier or a guard or an angel. The kids who want to play the role volunteer. “All over the sanctuary
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hands shoot up,” Zlatic said. “They’re so excited.” The children are chosen, randomly, to fill the roles. They come forward and while the congregation sings a Christmas carol, the kids are dressed in costumes and take their places on stage. Every child who wants to get up on stage gets an opportunity to do it. Kids can choose to play one of the animals — there are roles for sheep, cows and even the donkey that Mary rides — but if they don’t want to participate, they can just watch. “It’s fun because you never know what’s going to happen,” Zlatic said. “One of my favorite memories happened at my church in New Jersey. One of the little angels got in a tug-ofwar with Mary over baby Jesus. She didn’t want to let go!” Even though there are no rehearsals and the whole pageant takes place in less than two hours, volunteers have been working all year to build and paint the sets and make the costumes. The day of the pageant, about 10 dressers get dozens of little ones ready for their performances. “Ray Mills’ work creating the sets and animals is so amazing,” Zlatic said. Zlatic said that some families come to church just once a year for the pageant, but that’s OK. She’s just glad they come. “I hope what we offer the kids and youths helps the community,” she said. Janis Fontaine writes about people of faith, their congregations, causes and community events. Contact her at janisfontaine@ outlook.com
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Nativity comes to life
Grace Community Church will hold its inaugural live Nativity on Dec. 14 and 15 on the church lawn. Live animals, Christmas story readings, music, kids’ crafts, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies are also planned. The church bulletin says the invitation is the same as it’s always been: “Come, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” Take an hour or two to slow down and attend a familyfriendly event that’s both fun and meaningful. You may even find a little peace. Live Nativity — 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Family-friendly events celebrate the holidays Dec. 14-15, Grace Community Church, 600 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Info: 395-2811; www.graceboca.org.
Chanukah Under the Stars
Don’t forget about Chanukah Under the Stars from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. The event returns after a hiatus to celebrate the Festival of Lights under the stars. The children’s area will have bounce houses, face painting, crafts and storytelling. A special Chanukah Tot Shabbat and songfest will follow. From 5 to 7 p.m., visitors can
Religion Calendar Note: Events are current as of 11/23. Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 12/1 – Catholic Grandparents Meeting at Ascension Church, 7250 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton. 1st Sat 10-11:30 am. Free. 289-2640; diocesepb.org 12/1 - Saturday Shabbat Service at Temple Sinai Palm Beach County, 2475 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. Every Sat 10 am. 276-6161; templesinaipbc.org 12/1 - Ckids: Chabad Kids Club at Chabad of East Boca Raton, 120 NE 1st Ave. Ages 3-12. Every Sat 10:30 am-noon. 3949770; bocabeachchabad.org
Sunday - 12/2 - Services: What is Unity? with Greg Barrette at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 9:25 am & 11 am; 7-9 pm new member class. 2765796; unityofdelraybeach.org Monday - 12/3 - Legion of Mary at St Mark Catholic Church, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Follows 8 am Mass every M. Free. 734-9330; stmarkboynton.com 12/3 - Monday Morning Women’s Bible Study at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, 33 Gleason St. Every M 1011:30 am. Free. 276-6338; firstdelray.com 12/3 - Women’s Bible Study at Seacrest Presbyterian Church, 2703 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Every M 10 am. Free. 2765633; seacrestchurch.com 12/3 - Rosary for Peace at St Vincent Ferrer, 840 George Bush Blvd, Delray Beach. Every M 7 pm. Free. 276-6892; stvincentferrer.com Tuesday - 12/4 - 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 12/4 - Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Dan Levin at Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus, 333 SW 4th Ave, Boca Raton. Held again 11/13. Noon-1 pm. Free. Bring lunch, drinks provided. 391-8900; tbeboca.org 12/4 - St Mark Bible Study at St Mark Catholic Church, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Every T 7-8 pm. Registration: 7349330; stmarkboynton.com 12/4 - Class: Jane Hart’s Spiritual Power Tools at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 7-8:15 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org 12/4 - First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton Pub Theology at The Biergarten, 309 Via De Palmas #90. Conversation, fellowship. 1st T 7-9 pm. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org 12/4 - New Member Class at Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. 7-9 pm. Free. 276-5796; unityofdelraybeach.org Wednesday - 12/5 - 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 12/5 - Basic Catholicism with Fr. Dan at St Mark Catholic Church, 643 St Mark Pl, Boynton Beach. Every W after 8 am Mass. Free. 734-9330; stmarkboynton.co 12/5 - Centering Prayer at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 3300A S Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Every W 9:30 am. Free. 732-3060; stjoesweb.org 12/5 - Bible Study at First United Methodist Church, 101 N Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach. Every W 11 am. Free. 7323435; fumcbb.com 12/5 - 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 12/5 - 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 12/5 - The Bishop’s Bible Study at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 101 Homewood Blvd, Delray Beach. Every W 7:15 pm. Free. 265-1960; stmaryanglican. com 12/5 - Introduction to Judaism at Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus, 333 SW 4th Ave, Boca Raton. Taught by clergy, other experts. Every W through 4/3 7:30-9 pm. Free. 391-8900; tbeboca.org Thursday - 12/6 - Prayer Circle at Trinity Lutheran Church, 400 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Every Th 8:05 am. 278-1737; trinitydelray.org 12/6 - Men’s Fellowship at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, 33 Gleason St. Every Th 8:30 am. Free. 2766338; firstdelray.com 12/6 - 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 12/6 - Open House at Islamic Center of Boca Raton, 3480 NW 5th Ave. 1st Th 7-9 pm. 395-7221; icbr.org Friday - 12/7 - Women’s Bible Study Group at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 266 NE 2nd St, Boca Raton. Every F 9:15 am. Free. 395-8285; stgregorysepiscopal.org 12/7 - 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 12/7 - Erev Shabbat Service at Temple Sinai Palm Beach County, 2475 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach. Every F 7:30 pm. 2766161; templesinaipbc.org
Sunday - 12/9 - Limmud Day of Learning Boca at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton. Storytelling, music,
sample the variety of traditional latkes and other food available. The Chanukah Shabbat service will begin at 7:30 p.m., led by Temple Beth El Rabbi Daniel Levin, Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman, Rabbi Greg Weisman, cantor Lori Shapiro and cantorial soloist Michelle Auslander Cohen. Admission is free. www.tbeboca.org or 391-8900
Limmud Day comes to Boca More than 600 people are expected to come to Katz Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton for Limmud, a day of learning, on Dec. 9.
Complete holiday calendar in Around Town Page 18 meditation, history, health, more. 8 am. $54/includes lunch, parking, reception, concert. $36-$54. Photo ID required: limmudboca.org 12/9 - Family Advent Service at First Presbyterian Church Boynton Beach, 235 SW 6th Ave. Steve Haley, Guitarist. 11 am. Free. 732-3774; fpcboynton.com 12/9 - Coffee with the Pastors at First United Methodist Church Boca Raton, 625 Mizner Blvd. Learn about the church, meet the pastors, review membership expectations. Held quarterly. 3 pm. Free. Register: 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org Tuesday – 12/11 - Lunch & Learn:
Limmud is all-inclusive and unaffiliated with any particular branch of Judaism. It’s an opportunity to broaden the mind and learn more about Jewish culture and identity in a positive setting designed for shared learning. There are 120 classes offered in 10 categories. Each class lasts an hour and a full day includes seven classes meeting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics range from history to music to meditation and health to Torah and Talmud studies. Classes are taught by local Jewish educators, rabbis, performers and lay people and
are suitable for beginners and scholars. A reception, grand menorah lighting and concert will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. A vendor shopping area, or shuk, is also planned. There’s a $54 registration fee ($36 for students) that includes a kosher lunch and snacks, parking, the reception and admission to the concert. Register at www.limmudboca. org. For up-to-date info, check the Facebook page at LimmudBoca.
Money and God through the Lens of Jewish Philosophers at Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus, 333 SW 4th Ave, Boca Raton. Bring lunch, drinks provided. Held again 12/18. Noon-1 pm. Free. 3918900; tbeboca.org Wednesday - 12/12 - Jewish Film Festival: Hannah’s Holy Communion and Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 7 pm. $10 per film/nonmember. 243-1484; cbiboca.org 12/12 - Larger Than Life: Carried Away: The Consumer Consumer at Chabad of East Boca Raton, 120 NE 1st Ave. New monthly course for women from Rosh Chodesh Society. 7:30 pm. $20/class + book fee. 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.org Saturday - 12/15 - Saint Mark Christmas Gala at Quail Ridge Country Club, 3715 Golf Rd, Boynton Beach. Tribute to current and past Presidents of the Parish Council of Saint Mark. $125/person. 6 pm.
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Thursday - 12/20 - First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton Pub Theology at Barrel of Monks, 1141 S Rogers Circle #5. Conversation, fellowship. 3rd Th 7 pm. 395-1244; fumcbocaraton.org Friday - 12/21 - 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
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Tuesday - 1/1 - Larger Than Life: The Pledge Fund: A Charitable Foundation at Chabad of East Boca Raton, 120 NE 1st Ave. New monthly course for women from Rosh Chodesh Society. 7:30 pm. $20/class + book fee. 394-9770; bocabeachchabad.org
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Ocean Ridge Town Hall — Nov. 12
Merrilee Lundquist, Ocean Ridge Garden Club sustainable project chairwoman, presents a plaque to Dr. Jim Weege in honor of his dedication and long-term service to sustaining the koi pond at Ocean Ridge Town Hall. Photo provided
Boynton Garden Club holiday flowers Rustic Retreat, Boynton Beach — Nov. 23
Residents at Rustic Retreat, an assisted living facility, were treated to poinsettias and doughnuts by the Boynton Beach Garden Club. Club member Cyndy DiVeto was at Home Depot by 6 a.m. on Black Friday loading up her car with 30 of the festive red holiday plants — at 99 cents each — and three hours later they were gracing the tables of the facility on North Federal Highway, which is home to 25 residents. This is the 10th year the club has brightened the holidays at the retreat. ‘I’m absolutely thrilled. I’m very happy about it,’ said resident Nana Hunter, 91. ABOVE: Club member Rosemarie Peterson and Hunter chat after the holiday treats were distributed. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
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Friday - 12/7 - Boca Raton Garden Club Holiday House Craft and Plants Closeout Sale at 4281 NW 3rd Ave. Hanukah/Christmas decorations, gifts, plants, more. 2-6 pm. Free/admission. 3959376; bocaratongardenclub.org
Wednesday - 12/12 - Delray Beach Orchid Society at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. 2nd W 6:30 pm. Free. 573-2422; delraybeachorchidsociety.com
Tuesday - 12/18 - Florida Native Plant Society at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N Military Tr, West Palm Beach. 3rd T 7 pm. Free. palmbeach.fnpschapters.org
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on’t get poked by that Spanish bayonet,” says Jane Thompson, pointing to a plant aptly named for its spiky foliage. Her timely warning comes as she leads me on a tour of the Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth. We begin our tour in the demonstration garden that lets you see how well native plants work in the landscape. The area is divided into outdoor rooms as well as ecosystems, including an above-ground bog garden and a coastal maritime hammock, plus an area of mature plants. Thompson sells about 60 species of native and Floridafriendly trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers, wildflowers and aquatics to the public at wholesale prices on Saturdays and by appointment. Many of the plants she propagates herself from seeds or cuttings. Thompson’s mother died recently and while at her Lakeland home, she collected 1,000 acorns from a path her mother regularly walked. Returning home, she planted them. When they sprout and grow, she will have Pearl’s Crop named in honor of her mom. Thompson credits her mother for helping her develop a love of nature. She remembers as a child spending hours with her watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on television. “I loved that program,” Thompson says. She also remembers growing up near her grandfather’s farm in Gales Ferry, Conn., where she often ate strawberries while weeding the berry patch. Her grandfather would point his finger at her and tell her to stop eating the crop. She didn’t understand how he knew until she went home and looked in a mirror. Her “crime” was as plain as the smile on her face covered in berry juice. Although Thompson has had a successful career in computer technology, the birth of her first child led her to want to leave the “cutthroat, dog-eat-dog, climb-the-ladder, white-collar business environment” and work closer to home. That’s when she cashed in her retirement account and bought an already operating native plant nursery on 10 acres just next door. “When I started, I knew nothing about native plants. But I didn’t mind hard work,” she says. And she was excited to find herself “immersed in this wonderful community of native growers who were environmentally conscious folks who embraced me with open arms,” says Thompson. It took her about two years of hard work and study to become truly native savvy. But today, with the economy back on track, she’s found people are
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“People are learning that native plants can be used in multiple ways in just about any landscape. If you need a hedge, there’s Jamaican caper. Thatch palms are the perfect tree to fill a corner. Crabwood can be used as a buffer between neighbors. And a thick carpet of sunshine mimosa can replace sod. Even if you have only a small yard or patio, native plants can be used to advantage. Place a native twinflower in a hanging pot or Thompson a small crabwood in a large container. You can picture them on a porch. — Jane Thompson, owner of Indian Trails Native Nursery, Lake Worth
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CENTER: Indian Trails has a demonstration garden that includes coastal tolerant plants such as this blooming spider lily, horizontal coco plum and beach sunflower. ABOVE: The fingernail-size bloom of the native twinflower. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star increasingly interested in using native plants — especially trees — in their landscapes. “There is a large push to regreen and enhance the canopy that’s been devastated by storms and development,” she says. Natives are beneficial because they require less fertilizer, less water and fewer pesticides — which translates to their costing less money, being easier to maintain and better for the environment than a yard full of exotics such as bougainvillea, hibiscus and showy palms. They also attract many birds, bees and butterflies. Walking from the lush demo garden to the nursery’s sales area, we arrive at a large display of 6-inch pots filled with native wildflowers, with many already attracting butterflies. Thompson also shows me 3-gallon pots filled with larger shrubs, trees and grasses such as Bahama coffee, pink muhly
grass and sweetbay magnolia, which Thompson says is a popular choice. We keep walking and arrive at a miniature forest of 7- to 30-gallon pots filled with slash pines, live oaks, gumbo limbos, Florida privets and more. Of course, the slower growing the plant, the harder it is to propagate; and the rarer it is, the more expensive it will be. Thompson urges readers to check her website for price and availability of stock. After years of seeing landscapes featuring multicolored trinette, ficus bushes and ixora, Thompson is happy that more and more gardeners are discovering the ease and beauty of going native.
Contact Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley at debhartz@att. net.
Where: Indian Trails Native Nursery, 6315 Park Lane W., Lake Worth. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; weekdays by appointment only (strictly enforced); closed Sundays. Information: 641-9488 or indiantrails.vpweb.com; Check web page for plant availability and wholesaleto-the-public pricing. What you should know: Owner Jane Thompson supports veterans and children’s gardening projects such as those sponsored by the Scouts and local schools. Contact her for more information.
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he holiday season is in full stride in Palm Beach County. And when it comes to bringing out the best in puppies and dogs, there’s a genuine Santa Paws in Boca Raton. Meet Ann Casper, a professional dog trainer who operates Calming K9s. Her mission: to ease dogs’ transition into loving homes by giving them the gift of good manners. “My focus is giving pet owners the tools and knowledge they need to have a wellbehaved dog for the lifetime of that pet,” says Casper, a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. “I focus on difficult-to-resolve behavior problems as well as working with rescue dogs who have preexisting fear and anxiety issues.” Sure, you can give your dog a fancy holiday outfit or a cool new toy, but imagine the dividends reaped when you gift your dog the proper training to stop yanking on the leash, barking nonstop or chewing your favorite sofa pillows. If you just adopted or plan to adopt a puppy or dog this holiday
season, help your new pet get off on the right paw by signing up for obedience training classes or one-on-one canine training and behavior sessions with a professional dog trainer like Casper. When I adopted Kona, a terrier mix, from a shelter two years ago, she had never lived in a home — only in a pair of shelters. First priority was house-training her. And, within two weeks of adoption, Kona and I were participating in our first basic obedience class together. We progressed through three levels of obedience and then went on to complete her American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship and therapy pet certifications. Whew! But all of this was worth it because Kona has evolved into a quick-learning, loyal and wellbehaved dog that assists me in pet first-aid and pet behavior training classes. Sure, sometimes the pup or dog you adopt at a shelter is a little rough around the edges. Coleen and Manly Ray of Boca Raton knew they needed serious
canine help after adopting Lil’ Red, a medium-sized dog, from an organization that brought in homeless dogs impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year. “We were happy to rescue a dog from the tragic conditions that exist for street dogs on the island, but Lil’ Red was extremely anxious, especially when guests came to visit or stay at our home,” Coleen Ray says. “We knew we needed professional help, and we reached out to Ann.” In a few in-person training sessions, Casper worked with the Rays to help the dog feel more safe and secure in their home and on walks. “Lil’ Red had terrible anxiety barking and separation anxiety, but she is doing great now,” says Casper. “She is now walking nicely on the leash, feeling calm and relaxed inside her crate in the house and no longer barking or growling at house guests. I tell my clients that I am training you to be a dog trainer because it is you — not me — who lives with the dog.” Organizations also see the
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Boca Raton mom gives parents a route to family holiday fun
By Janis Fontaine Every mom (or dad) needs a friend like Michelle OlsonRogers. Someone else who has navigated some of the treacherous waters of parenting. Olson-Rogers knows what’s happening before most folks. She’s energetic and connected, savvy and sweet, helpful and smart. She established a social media presence with her Modern Boca Mom website, “a lifestyle site for the stylish and modern South Florida mommy,” five years ago. The site is a go-to for events and lifestyle features, services and businesses, even family travel options. Olson-Rogers is also a regular contributor to Discover the Palm Beaches and Boca Raton magazine. Her biggest holiday tip: Prioritize. Think about what’s really important to you. You don’t have to attend every event you’re invited to. Just be gracious and say “no.” Olson-Rogers, whose daughter, Avery, is 5, says she always includes a giving event in her holiday plans. “Children aren’t born with the values of compassion and charity,” Olson-Rogers said. “We live in an affluent area, and this is how we can teach that it’s not about what you get, but the importance of giving.” One of her favorite charities is the Boca Raton Toy Drive.
Modern Boca Mom website author Michelle Olson-Rogers, her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Avery, visit the Boca Express Train Museum. Photo provided “I’m so excited to support this worthy cause,” she said. This toy drive assures that the kids in Boca Raton’s Wayne Barton Study Center get something for Christmas. In the past 12 years, the toy drive has collected more than $75,000 in toys and donations. The drop-off event for the 12th annual toy drive was set for Dec. 2 at Sugar Sand Park and featured free carousel rides, food and a visit from Santa. The cost of admission was a donation or a new unwrapped toy. Donations
are still being accepted. A list of drop-off locations is available at www.bocaratontoydrive.com. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a story, a parade and lots of lights. Here are Olson-Rogers’ top picks for local family events this holiday season: The Polar Express experience on Brightline: Guests will enjoy hot chocolate, treats by dancing chefs, a reading of the namesake book and each will receive a silver sleigh bell. The ride departs
from the Fort Lauderdale station. (offers.gobrightline. com/offer/the-polar-express) Piles of Smiles at Sugar Sand Park: This event may be the only time your kids see snow in South Florida. Children ages 5-10 can play in 25 tons of shaved ice and experience bounce houses, obstacle course, crafts and sock skating (requires clean dry socks). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Reservations required.
Snow-play wristbands include all attractions. $12 advance; $15 after Dec. 3. One free adult event admission with each paid child’s wristband; $5 each additional adult. (sugarsandpark.org) The city of Boca Raton’s holiday events: “From the boat parade to the annual holiday movie night under the stars at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton knows how to celebrate. I feel truly lucky to live in this town,” Olson-Rogers said. Movie Night at Mizner Park Amphitheater takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14. It will screen the classic Elf. The 42nd annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22, starting at the C-15 canal on the Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits and traveling south to Hillsboro Boulevard bridge. Also, the 47th annual holiday boat parade from Delray to Boynton Beach takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14. This parade starts at the Lantana bridge near Old Key Lime House and motors south to the C-15 canal in Delray. Ú Keep up with Olson-Rogers at modernbocamom.com. Find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at modernbocamom and on Pinterest at modernflmom.
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Saturday - 12/1 - Call for Artists for the 11th Boca Raton Fine Art Show (1/26-27). Budding Artist Competition applications (available at hotworks.org) must be postmarked by 1/3/19. Mail applications to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL 34230. Age 9-19 or grades 6-12. $3/entry (up to 2 entries/ student); free/admission. 941-755-3088; hotworks.org 12/1 - Sensory Saturdays: Special Exploration Hours at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. For families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Experience exhibits without heavy crowds; softened general lighting, decreased noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible. Every 1st Sat 8-10 am. $8.50/adult; $7.50/senior; $6.50/ child 3-12; free/child under 3. 832-1988; sfsciencecenter.org 12/1 - Diamonds & Pearls Dance Team at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Community dance team program prides itself on passion, dedication, excellence, respect; 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/nonresident. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/1 - Diaper League Sports at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Fundamentals of various sports: T-ball, football, basketball, soccer. Mandatory parent participation. Age 3-5. Every M/Th 6-7 pm & Sat 9-10 am. $20/8-week session. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com 12/1 - Sensory Saturday at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Explore the museum in sensory modified setting. 1st Sat 9-10 am. Free. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/1 - Art History...The “Hands On” Way at Boca Raton Museum Art School, 801 W Palmetto Park Rd. Ages 13-18. 9:30 am-3:30 pm. $100. Registration: 392-2503; bocamuseum.org 12/1 - 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 12/1 - Animal Keeper for a Day at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Kids may get messy! Ages 9-14. 10 am. $10/person. RSVP: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 12/1 - 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. Every 1st Sat 10-11 am. $5/member; $8/ non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/1 - smART: A New Kind of Cubism at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Studio workshops for families/ intergenerational groups focus on artistic family fun to learn, create, enjoy the visual arts. 10-11 am. $5/family. Reservations: 392-2500 x106; bocamuseum.org 12/1 - Drop-In Story Time at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Music, stories, fingerplays, action songs. Children all ages accompanied by an adult. Every Sat 10-10:30 am. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary. org 12/1 - Drop-in Craft at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. All
ages. Every Sat 10:30-11:30 am. Free w/ paid admission. Registration: 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/1 - 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 12/1 - Acro Class at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd #73, Boca Raton. Age 3-7. Every Sat 11-11:30 am. $10. 394-2626; showtimeboca.com 12/1 - A Dickens Tale (G) presented by Bright Star Theatre 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 12/1 - Science Stories at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Hear favorite science inspired stories. Age 5+. Every Sat 11:30 am. Free. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org 12/1 - Nature Detectives at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. New mystery each month. Age 5-7 w/an adult. Every 1st Sat 11:30 am12:30 pm. $5/member; $8/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/1 - All Art Class at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Age 2-9. Every F/Sat 11:30 am. $5/member; $8/ non-member. 368-6875; cmboca.org 12/1 - 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 12/1 - Beauty And The Beast Jr. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. 4 pm. $20.50/adult; $15.50/student. 394-2626; showtimeboca.com
Sunday - 12/2 - Science Make & Take at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. 11:30 am. $5/project. 3473912; scienceexplorium.org Monday – 12/3 - Oh Baby at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Pre-literacy class: music, stories, rhymes, lap bounces. Age 3 months to not-yetwalking. Every M 10 am. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/3 - 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. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/3 - Anime Night at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 9-14. 6-7:30 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/3 - Delray Divas Step Teams at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Organized, structured step team performs at local events & statewide competitions. Program reinforces role of youth as positive members of the community. Grades K-12. Every M/W 6-8:30 pm. Yearly $30/resident; $40/non-resident. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com Tuesday - 12/4 - Turtle Tales at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 2-3 (must be accompanied by an adult). Every T through 12/18 10 am. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Mother Nature & Me: Wild Webs at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Experience exciting 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 12/4 - Teen Improv Drop In Class at Improv U, 105 NW 5th Ave, Delray
Village Academy, Delray Beach — Nov. 7
John Grogan, part-time Delray Beach resident and author of the bestselling Marley & Me, reads to students at Village Academy during the 2018 Delray Reads Day. This year’s book was Interrupting Chicken by author and illustrator David Ezra Stein. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
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Sacred Heart School, Lake Worth — Oct. 25 Gulf Stream resident Frankie Stevens reads for the record with the pre-K students at the William B. Finneran Montessori Academy of Sacred Heart School. The school teamed up with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County to participate in an attempt to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. This year’s book was Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Photo provided
Beach. Fun games/exercises designed for newcomers/advanced players. Every T 4-5:30 pm. $15. 844-561-4242; theimprovu.com 12/4 - BeTeen the Lines: A Readers Club at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 13+. 1st & 3rd T 4:30-5:30 pm. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Gift Making/Gift Wrapping at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 13+. 5:30-6:30 pm. Free. 2660197; delraylibrary.org 12/4 - Girls Who Code Club at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 13-17. Every T through 12/18 6-7 pm. Free. Enroll: 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/4-5 - Sensational Story ‘n More at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Children’s books come to life through interactive performance, singing, movement, props. Age 2-5. Every T 10:30 am & W 2 pm. Free w/paid admission. 7426780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/4-5 - Explorium Science Squad: Over the Moon at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Explore, experiment, try something new every month. T ages 5-6 (w/parent); W ages 7-9. Both days 4-5 pm. $10/ resident; $12.50/non-resident. 347-3912; scienceexplorium.org
12/4-6 - Sensory Art for Tots at Boca Raton Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. Age 1-4. Every T/W/Th 11:30 am. Per session $5/member; $8/non-member. 3686875; cmboca.org Wednesday - 12/5 - 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 12/5 - Lil’ Explorers: Super Sensory Messy Play at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Explore, develop important readiness skills. Age 2-5 yrs. Every W 3-3:45 pm. Per class $4/member; $5/non-member + admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/5 - Create a Gingerbread House at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 3:30-5 pm. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/5 - Nanny Gingerbread House at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 5-6 pm. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary. org 12/5 - Tween Explorers: Gift Wrapping Party at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 9-12. 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org Thursday - 12/6 - Little Explorers at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic
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Ave. Age 2-5, must be accompanied by an adult. Every Th 10 am. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org 12/6 - Drop-In Story Time at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Music, stories, fingerplays. Children all ages; 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. Every Th 10-10:30 am. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/6 - Early Literacy Playtime at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age walkers to 4 yrs. Every Th/Sat 10:30 am12:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/6 - The Art of the Story at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. One author/illustrator at each class; children create their own art in the style of the featured book. Age 3-7 yrs. 2-2:45 pm. Free w/paid admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/6 - Tumble Tots with First Steps Dance and Tumbling at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. Age 2-5 yrs. 3-3:30 pm. $8/member; $10/nonmember w/paid admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum.org 12/6 - Hack Shack Tech Club: Digital MadLibs at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West
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December 2018 Palm Beach. Experiment w/computer programming, design video games. Signed liability waiver required. Grades 5-8. 1st Th 5-7 pm. $15/member; $20/non-member. Registration: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org 12/6 - 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 12/27 5:30-6:30 pm. $95/ resident; $119/non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/6 - Love, Simon (PG-13) part of Teen Movie Night at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Age 13-17. 6-8:15 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/6-7 - Karate/Martial Arts Classes at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St, Delray Beach. Karate & blend of other combat martial arts. Age 9 to adult. Every Th/F 6-7 pm. Per month $10/resident; $12/ non-resident; $25/one-time uniform fee. 243-7356; mydelraybeach.com Friday - 12/7 - First Fridays Preschool Program: My First Community Helper: Fire Rescue at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Get ideas, create characters, find new stories to tell. Age 3-5. 10-10:30 am. Free. Registration: 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/7 - Yoga Fun for Everyone at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, 129 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach. All ages. 11:30 am-12:15 pm. Free w/paid admission. 742-6780; schoolhousemuseum. org 12/7 - Animal Encounters at Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach. Meet one of our resident animals, learn about behaviors/characteristics. All ages. Every F 3 pm. Free. 274-7263; sandowayhouse.org 12/7 - Boca Jolly Days: Make & Take Winter Art at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Ages 3-12. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 3:30-5 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/7 - Beginner Piano for Children at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Hal Leonard EZ Play Today method using the book 60 Favorite Songs to Play with 3 Chords. Bring a keyboard to class. Age 7+. Every F through 1/18 5-6:15 pm. $80/resident; $100/nonresident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/7 - Friday Night at the Museum 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 12/7 - Beginner Guitar at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Learn to play the guitar with three chords, tablature reading, lead sheet expertise! Bring acoustic guitar. Age 12+. Every F through 1/18 7:45-9 pm. $80/ resident; $100/non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us Saturday - 12/8 - 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 12/8 - Let’s Get Painting: An Introduction to Acrylics at Boca Raton Museum Art School, 801 W Palmetto Park Rd. Age 10-17. Held again 12/15. 9:30 am-3:30 pm. $150. Registration: 392-2503; bocamuseum.org 12/8 - Kidz On Stage Class: Annie at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd #73, Boca Raton. Children audition, act, sing, dance, perform. Age 3-7. Performance date 2/16. Every Sat through 2/16 10-11 am. $300. 394-2626; showtimeboca.com 12/8 - Super Siblings 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. $10/ parent & child; additional siblings $5/each. Registration: 369-2229; publicrelations@ bhinc.org
12/8 - Animal Enrichment Workshop at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Age 8+. 10:30 am. $3. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com 12/8 - Playground Playdate at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Get info about upcoming programs, enjoy free kids’ activities. 11 am-12:30 pm. Free. 347-3900; sugarsandpark.org 12/8 - Realistic Drawing/Painting Instruction Class at Rutherford Community Center, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. Basic techniques essential to quality, realistic paintings. Every Sat through 12/29. Adult class 12:30-2:30 pm $65/resident, $81/non-resident; Child class (age 7-12) 2:30-4:30 pm $40/resident, $50/ non-resident. 367-7035; myboca.us 12/8 - Elf Jr. at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Every Sat through 1/12 4 pm. $20.50/adult; $15.50/student. 394-2626; showtimeboca. com
Friday - 12/14 - Eyes to the Skies with professional-grade 16-inch Meade LX Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Informal event held in the parking lot weather permitting. Telescope is out for at least one hour after scheduled start time; stars must be visible for telescope to align. Age 8+ (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). 6 pm. Free. 3473912; scienceexplorium.org Saturday - 12/15 - Ornaments Naturally at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Create nature ornaments/decorations w/holiday themes using shells, sea beans, pine cones, other materials (provided). Age 7 & up, children under 18 must participate w/an
Tots & Teens Calendar H21 adult. 10 am-noon & 1:30-3:30 pm. $7/ member; $10/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org 12/15 - Piles of Smiles: Sugar Sand Park’s Snow Day at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Put on mittens and hats for a fun time playing in tons of snow. Snow play only for kids age 5-10. 10 am-4 pm. $12/advance; $15/after 12/4. Adult free w/paid child wristband, $5/ additional adult. 347-3948; sugarsandpark. org 12/15 - Animal Trivia at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Ages 5+. 10:30 am. $3. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com 12/15 - Family Fun: Shimekazari Wreath at Morikami Japanese Museum
and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Shimekazari are New Year’s decorations displayed in the front of the shops and homes to ward off bad spirits, bring good luck. Noon-3 pm. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233 x237; morikami.org 12/15 - Virtual Reality Explorers: Walking with Dinosaurs at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Bring a Smartphone, download/use VR apps, games, videos. Cardboards support most Smartphones w/screen sizes 4-6”. Age 9-13. 1-2 pm. Free. Registration: 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/15 - Code Palm Beach Workshop at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Learn how to code, develop websites, apps,
Monday - 12/10 - Early Afternoon Explorers: Natural Satellite 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 Tuesday - 12/11 - Daggerwing Visits the Library: Turtles 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 2/11 - TAB (Teen Advisory Board) Meeting at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. 4:30 pm. Free. 2660197; delraylibrary.org 12/11 - Gingerbread House Competition at Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W Atlantic Ave. Age 13-18. 5:30 pm. Free. 266-0197; delraylibrary.org Wednesday - 12/12 - Winter in New York at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Performed by South Grade Elementary After School Program and Coleman Park Community Center. 7 pm. Free. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org Thursday -12/13 - Mori Stories: Kamishibai Folktales: How the Years Were Named at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. 2nd Th Oct-May 11 am & 1 pm. Free w/museum admission. 495-0233; morikami.org 12/13 - Fun Chefs with Stacy Stolman at The Society of The Four Arts Children’s Library, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. 2:30 or 3:30 pm. Free. Reservations: 805-8562; fourarts.org 12/13 - Create It @ Your Library: Holiday Gift Wrapping at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave. Grades 6-12. 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org
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Unity School, Delray Beach — Nov. 16 During a celebration by orientation and preschool students at Unity School, children pose in front of the Bright Red Mayflower. (l-r) Teacher Alexus Hinton, with students Theodora Tate, Julian Tenhagen, Oliver Tonti, Annabelle Stoneking, Skylar Yoost, Maxwell Maurer, Caroline Salom, Grace Gerttula, Anthony Rogers, Tyler Portman and Campbell Jones, and teacher Nilda Torres. Photo provided
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Tuesday - 12/18 - Mother Nature & Me: Day at the Beach 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 12/18 - 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 12/18 - GEMS Club: Diggin’ Dinos 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 12/18-23 - Family Fun: Nengajo New Year’s Card Making at Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach. Held again 12/26-30. 10 am-5 pm. Free w/paid admission. 495-0233 x237; morikami.org
Wednesday - 12/19 - The Cricket on the Hearth at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. Grades K-5. 11 am. 586-6410; lakeworthplayhouse.org Friday - 12/21 - 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 Saturday - 12/22 - Kids Day In, Parents Day Out at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Explorium activities, pizza, games. Age 5-12. 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $15/resident; $18.75/non-resident. Registration: 3473900; sugarsandpark.org 12/22 - Story Time with Nature 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 12/22 - 3D Design & Printing Showcase at Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center (across the parking lot from the South Florida Science Center), 4800 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Age 8-15 10 am-1 pm. $45/person. Registration: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org 12/22-23 - Science Demonstrations at Children’s Science Explorium, 300 S Military
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Sunday - 12/23 - Sunday Family Movie: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 11 am; 2 pm sensory-friendly show. $1 admission includes popcorn/beverage. 347-3948; sugarsandpark.org Monday - 12/24, 26-28 - 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 12/31, 1 /2-4. 9 am-3 pm. $200/ resident, $250/non-resident; daily $45/ resident, $56.25/non-resident. 347-3950; tayloredathletes.com 12/24-28 - 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 12/31-1/ 4. M-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 12/24-28 - Boca Surf School at Red Reef Park, 1400 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton. Instructors provide fun, safe, and educational instruction to the sport of surfing. Age 5-15. Held again 12/31-1 /4 (closed 12/25 & 1/1). 9 am-3 pm. $240/ resident, $276/non-resident; daily $89/ resident, $99/non-resident; after care 3-5 pm $20/day. 393-7807; islandcamps.com Wednesday - 12/26 - Survivalism at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Learn about tracking, orienteering, reading the woods. Wear closed-toe shoes. Age 9-14. 10 am. $10. RSVP: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 12/26 - Rise of the Guardians (PG) part of Family Winter Break Activities series at Boca Raton Public Library, 400 NW 2nd
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Ave. All ages. Children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 2-4 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 12/26-28 - Holiday Camp: Age of Extinction at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Age 4-12. M-W, 9 am-4 pm. $140/member; $155/non-member; before/ after care 7:30-9 am/4-5:30 pm $10/day. RSVP: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org 12/26-28 - Holiday C.A.D. Camp at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Age 7-14. M-W, 9 am-4 pm. $170/member; $185/ non-member; before/after care 7:30-9 am/4-5:30 pm $10/day. RSVP: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org 12/26-29 - Winter Workshops at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. Age 6-9 & 10-12. 9 am-3 pm. $50/ day. 832-1776; armoryart.org 12/26-29 - Visual Arts Prep Workshops for Middle School and High School at Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. 10 am-noon. $88/4 days; $25/ class. 832-1776; armoryart.org Thursday - 12/27 - Archery 101 at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Learn basics of archery, indoor demonstration followed by outdoor target practice. Equipment provided, wear closed-toe shoes, bring sunscreen. Age 9+. 10 am. $10/person/session. RSVP: 9667000; pbcnature.com 12/27 - Muttville Comix (G) presented by Johnny Peers at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Tr, Boca Raton. 11 am, 2 pm & 6 pm. $18/adult; $12/child 12 & under. 347-3948; 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 2-4 pm. Free. 3937968; bocalibrary.org Friday - 12/28 - Bird Banding Lab at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Learn why scientists band birds, how they do it by taking part in a mock bird banding laboratory activity. No live birds are used. Age 9-14. 10 am. $10. RSVP: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 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 2-4 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org Saturday - 12/29 - Wetland Animals at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Ages 5+. 10:30 am. $3. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com
DEC 30-JAN 5
Monday - 12/31 - 7th Annual Noon Year’s Eve: Sundrop & Countdown at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. 9 am-1 pm. Free w/regular zoo admission. 547-9453; palmbeachzoo.org 12/31 - 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. 2-3 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org
Wednesday - 1/2 - The Incredibles 2 (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. 2-4 pm. Free. 393-7968; bocalibrary.org 1/2-4 - Animal Adventure Day Camp at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Games, crafts, educational activities instructors teach young conservationists about the importance of caring for/protecting sea turtles, other marine life. Experience close encounters w/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 1/2-4 - Holiday Camp: Sub-Zero Space Camp at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Ages 4-12. 9 am-4 pm. $140/ member; $155/non-member; before/after care 7:30-9 am/4-5:30 pm $10/day. RSVP: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org 1/2-4 - MinecraftEDU: Baby It’s Code Outside Camp at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Age 7-14. M-W, 9 am-4 pm. $170/member; $185/non-member; before/after care 7:30 am-5:30 pm$10/day. 832-2026; fsciencecenter.org 1/2-4 & 1/7 - Winter Break Camp at Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach. Experience up-close animal encounters, zoo keeping activities, animal habitat visits, behind-the-scenes tours, games, crafts, science experiments, carousel rides, enriching conservation education activities. Age 5-10. 9 am-4 pm. $195/member; $225/non-member. 5330887 x 229; palmbeachzoo.org Thursday - 1 /3 - Children’s Winter 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 - Hack Shack Tech Club: Tiny Drawings at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center, 4801 Dreher Tr N, West Palm Beach. Experiment w/computer programming, design video games. Signed liability waiver required. Grades 5-8. 1st Th 5-7 pm. $15/member; $20/non-member. Registration: 832-2026; sfsciencecenter.org Saturday - 1/5 - 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 1/5 - smART: Perfect Paintings at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real. Studio workshops for families/ intergenerational groups focus on artistic family fun to learn, create, enjoy the visual arts. 10-11 am. $5/family. Reservations: 392-2500 x106; bocamuseum.org 1/5 - The Reluctant Dragon (G) presented by Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth 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
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House of the Month H23
House of the Month Gleaming hardwood floors are focal points throughout the home.
Each month, The Coastal Star features a house for sale in our community. The House of the Month is presented as a service to our advertisers and provides readers with a peek inside one of our houses. A circular, brick-pavered drive leads to the front entrance and a large motor court beyond.
A gourmet kitchen has a substantial work island with task lighting, custom cabinets, natural gas stainless steel appliances and marble counter-tops.
Just a block to the beach in Boca Raton This stately residence is located on a prime 200-by-160-foot corner lot in the established Estates section of Boca Raton. A beautifully restored, original and historically significant Maurice Fatio design from 1935, the two-story home has been completely redone inside with historic deference paid to Fatio on the exterior. The Estates is a neighborhood of east Boca, just a block from the beach and near the renowned Boca Raton Resort and Club, that offers quiet streets, pocket parks and great schools. The home, 5,652 square feet under air, has a traditional facade and a contemporary open floor plan interior with a two-car garage and a separate guest cottage with one bedroom, one bath and a well-equipped kitchen. The 17by-14 master suite has a vaulted ceiling with his and hers baths plus a sprawling walk-in closet, all upstairs. The remainder of the main house has six more bedrooms and five and a half baths. Large balconies in the front and the back of the home overlook the mature landscaping, a pool and cabana High-ceilinged guest bedroom bath, a summer kitchen and an welcomes your visitors. open patio for entertaining. $3,495,000. Call Joyce Schneider, Castles by the Beach Realty, 561392-8770 or cell 561-212-4403. email@example.com
ABOVE: A large Palm Beach pool graces the grounds. LEFT: A built-in niche backs to the kitchen and features a wine refrigerator and coffee bar.
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