Lake Worth Street Painting Festival Feb. 21 & 22, 2015

Calling all art lovers to the 21st Annual Street Painting Festival held in Lake Worth, Florida. Every year, the FREE 2-day event attracts thousands of people from all walks of life. fotokreations paintingWatch downtown Lake Worth being transformed as over 400 artists use the pavement as canvas for their original art reproductions and spectacular work of art. Over 200 street paintings cover Lake and Lucerne Avenues all sponsored by several businesses, organizations as well as families and individuals. Watch the streets come to life as talented artists use only chalks, most noteworthy the 3-D effects3-D effect street painting by some artists are truly amazing. Styles vary from Renaissance to Cubism and Pop Art. Walk along the streets and enjoy street performers, strolling minstrels and musical entertainment. Restaurants as well as food vendors offer your traditional food and beverages.

Lake Worth Street Painting Weather for this year’s event should be spectacular, cooler and drier which makes for a fabulous time for the entire family.Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Festival Hours: 10am to 6pm on both days. Parking available along nearby streets or you may use TRI-RAIL to the Festival. For your convenience, a free festival shuttle will be making continuous loop from the Tri-Rail station under I-95 to Lake Worth City Hall transporting visitors to the downtown area.

For more information, visit their website

Please note photos above are from previous years.

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers, 2015 proved to be another fantastic 2 day event with so many totally awesome paintings. In all, 273 individual paintings lined the downtown streets. Some 630 artists participated, from as near as local high schools and as far away as California and Mexico. Weather was just perfect and weekend attendance was well past 100,000.

Photos below are from 2015 Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

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Health tips for 2015

Staying healthy is pretty much on top of the list for New Year’s resolution. With the winter months upon us, it’s time to take some basic steps to make it a healthy 2015.

Wash your hands
One of the easiest and quickest way to keep germs at hand washingbay is to wash your hands. There are over 200 viruses that cause the common cold and it’s imperative that everyone do all that they can to minimize chances of getting sick. Upon returning from shopping, restaurants, church, school, running errands, and anytime you come into contact with people who are sick with sore throat, fever, coughing, sneezing and runny nose, wash your hands as soon as you get back home. Make this a habit for your whole family. If anyone in your home is sick, teach them to limit contact with people especially the elderly and the very young.

Eat well
The winter season can also bring many to slack off their summer regimen of fruits and salads and give in to unhealthy habits. With Halloween bowl of fruits  001over, there’s a lot of leftover candy laying around which may pave the way to eating poorly.  Stay motivated and eat good whole food, fruits, vegetables, whole grain pasta and bread, nutritious soups and salads, there is always a great selection at your local Green Market or grocery store. Stay away from too many sweets and sugary drinks. This will help you stay healthy and boost your immune system.

Wipe off surfaces
Another easy way to keep germs away is disinfectingto clean all your hard surfaces. Disinfect anything that could be harmful at work and at home. Wipe off with disinfectant wipes or Lysol to kill bacterias and germs on telephones, keyboards, laptops, smart phones, doorknobs, kitchen appliances and faucets. Keep and maintain a regular cleaning routine will help in keeping you and your family healthy.

Get your ZZZZ’s
Some people do well on only 5 or 6 hours of sleep however studies have shown that the body needs a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep towoman sleeping maintain good health. Sleep deprivation caused by insomnia, sleep apnea and other problems can take a toll on the body after a while. It’s very important to get enough rest to feel energized throughout the day. Turn off TV’s, laptops, cell phones and all electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Keep bedroom dark and cool and keep a regular bedtime schedule. Strive for at least 7 hours of good sound undisturbed sleep every night.

Manage stress
Everyone experiences stress to a certain degree. Overdue bills, traffic jam, arguments with your spouse all can take a toll on your health. If stressful conditions are coped with quickly, this can actually be good for you. However chronic stress, the kind that lingers over many weeks and months, and causes all kinds of problems from weight gain, headaches and irritability to chest pain and diseases. A highly stressed lifestyle can be exciting and challenging for some people while it can affect others negatively. Depending on your ability to handle stress it can stimulate you or it can kill you.
Finding ways to manage stress can be as easy couple joggingas learning to control situations and making needed changes in your lifestyle. Make time for rest and relaxation and take care of yourself. From deep breathing techniques, yoga and meditations to going out for a walk, jogging or gardening, there is something that everyone can do. Learn to relax and unwind after a busy day. Find what works best for you when faced with problems. Stay in control and take charge of the situation when you can. It’s also always helpful to have someone who can listen to you.

Get a flu shot
Many will say they’ve gotten the flu shot and got the flu flu shotthat same year. True, the flu shot can prevent many from getting sick however it cannot fight every single strains of the flu out there. That being said, for older people, the very young and those with compromised immune system, the flu can quickly become a life altering event. Many suffer from serious complications associated with the common cold and flu, most commonly pneumonia and respiratory infections. For many people, getting a yearly flu shot is the best way to stay healthy during the flu season.

Supplements
For those who maintain a healthy diet filled with a variety of nutritious food, there may not be a need for supplements of any kind.vitamins 001 However, most of us do not vitamins 002fall in this category and would benefit from taking some vitamins daily. If you take any prescriptions, please first consult with your physician for any recommendations concerning supplements. For most people, a daily multi-vitamin with extra Vitamin C is very helpful. Help your children stay healthy by giving them the chewable kind of vitamins which comes in many flavors. At the first signs of feeling sick, take 1,000 mg of vitamin C which also comes in powder form to be added to water or juice. Zinc has also been shown to help shorten the duration of a cold.

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West Palm Beach Holiday Tree Lighting Sand Sculptures 2014

Everyone is invited Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at WPB Clematis by Night to watch the lighting of the Holiday sand tree “Sandi”. Sand Sculptures WPB 2014 007This is an amazing 35-foot tall, 600-ton sand sculpture that will be showcased with synchronized sound and light show.
This is West Palm Beach’s 3rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting event on the WPB Waterfront featuring different sand sculptures every year.

Last time to see the sand sculpture is New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Beside the largest sand sculpture, you can also view four 25-foot sand sculptures located on the Waterfront (Sandi Land). Although much smaller, they are very whimsical with tropical themes and kids will probably love these even more. Plenty of photo opportunities and fun for the entire family.

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If you cannot make it to the show on the first night, Sandi’s synchronized sound-and-light shows will also take place nightly throughout the month of  December from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on the quarter hour.

Dec. 4: Come enjoy FREE concert by national recording artists Ryan Cabrera and J.T. Hodges with opening by The Motowners.  The free event runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

Dec. 4: Enjoy a nine-hole round of mini golf with family and friends for $2.50. Peppermint Putt-Putt course set up near Sandi sculpture on the Waterfront. Running from Dec. 4 to Dec. 30 from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

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Dec. 5: New this year, visit Snowieville where you can make your very own lifesize snowman, make memories and capture all the fun on camera.

Dec. 18: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will return to Clematis by Night for a free 30-minute preview of their annual holiday show, which will take place Dec. 23-28 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

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All Sand & Sea-Sun Greetings events are free and open to the public.
Thanks to all the organizers, this year is expecting to be one of the very best Holiday Season. So come with family and friends this Christmas season to enjoy all that West Palm Beach has to offer. We may not have snow….but we have Sand and Sea!

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Welcoming all visitors to West Palm Beach

Yes, it’s that time of year again when snowbirds (part-time residents) come back to south Florida. Many regulars come back faithfully year after year to spend the winter months enjoying our beautiful Lake Worth Beach 2weather, parks and beaches. Lake Worth BeachSome for short vacations and others come visit relatives during the holidays. However many are also brand new visitors who are planning to retire soon and need to check out the area. So for all the reasons people come to West Palm Beach, welcome and enjoy your stay.

There is an abundance of retirement communities in West Palm Beach area, several of which offer independent living as well as assisted living. Determine what your needs are presently and within The Classics Senior Livingthe next few years can help you decide on that perfect place.  From the Classics and Fountainview in West Palm Beach to Lake Worth Gardens just a short distance away in Lake Worth, many seniors will find reasonable prices and comfortable amenities. Century Village in WPB is always very popular and can be an affordable option to consider. Another option is to choose from many condominiums most of which accepts seniors 55 and over.  From townhomes and single family homes to luxurious CityPlace condos, West Palm Beach is a fabulous place to purchase your retirement home.

Visitors to West Palm Beach can find everything CityPlace West Palm Beachthey want, need or didn’t know they needed. Your shopping experience begins downtown at CityPlace with over 80 stores and specialty shops, restaurants and movie theatre and check out the brand new Palm Beach Outlets mall with hundreds of stores to search for just that perfect find.

With the cooler fall weather, visitors as well as longtime residents are enjoying outdoor daytime activities of all kinds.  Always popular, the sightseeing tour aboard DivaDuck, an amphibious vessel takes you on a narrated cruise of the old WPB historical neighborhood and the calm Majestic Princess WPBwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway. You can also opt for a larger fully air conditioned vessel with dinner and drinks…climb aboard the Majestic Princess Cruise and enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the waterfront estates of Palm Beach.

For many visitors, the very first thing on their agenda is to spend time at the beach. Relaxing on one of our spectacular beaches, spend an entire day or a few hours in Palm Beach, Singer Island, Lake Worth Beach, Delray Beach or travel north to Jupiter beach. Visitors will want Manatees Peanut Islandto check out Peanut Island, perfect place for fishing, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Take a ferry over to the Island or you can rent your own boat from the Riviera Beach Marina. During the winter months, you can spot manatees enjoying the warmer waters of the lagoon. Also plan on a visit to the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and the JFK Bomb Shelter right on the Island.

West Palm Beach also has some of the best parks and golf courses in south Florida. Visitors can enjoy a game ofOkeeheelee Park Feb. 2013 010 tennis with friends, biking or just go for a relaxing walk. Okeeheelee Park is the largest in the West Palm Beach area with beautiful walking and biking paths all around the lakes, exercise paths, canoe, kayak and bike rentals also available.

Some of the favorite places to visit in West Palm Beach include the Norton Museum of Art, the Flagler Museum, the Armory Art Center, Society of the Four Arts, Mounts Botanical Garden, the Palm Beach Zoo and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Further out west, go on a wild adventure at Lion Country Safari with both drive-through and walk-through.

When looking for a place to spend the night or an entire week or longer, West Palm Beach has a great selection of hotels Casa Grandview bedroomavailable. From downtown hotels such as WPB Marriott’s and Hyatt’s to hotels closer to the PB International Airport such as the Holiday Inn, the Hilton and Embassy Suites or even B&B such as Casa Grandview and Palm Beach Hibiscus, your comfort is key to a memorable stay.

So whether this is your first time visiting West Palm Beach or you are a seasoned guest for the winter months, make it a memorable time enjoying our gorgeous beaches and parks. Come and relax and have the time of your life!

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Feast of the Sea WPB Waterfront

All seafood lovers are invited this Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 10:30pm for the Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival on the West Palm Beach Waterfront showcasing some of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County.

Admission is free and open to the public; VIP passes are $100 and grant access to VIP area, drinks and food; family passes are $120 and buys family beverages and meals for two adults and children and access to a private dining area. More than 50 vendors will offer dishes no more than $6.00.

Come experience delicious seafood dishes from the best chefs in the area. Dishes and beverages from different regions and cultures will be available from North and South America to European, Caribbean and Asian flair. Seafood-Paella dish

Feast of the Sea event will benefit several community non-profit organizations especially Future 6 Helping Hand which hosts free athletic camps for children of all ages, from surfing to skateboarding and wakeboarding/wakeskating.

Several events are planned including Chef’s Challenge as well as a $10,000 Lure Casting Competition on the Intracoastal Waterway.

The $2,000. Hope Floats paddle races willPaddleboard-Race be the featured event with all kinds of paddle crafts – outrigger canoes, paddleboards, surf skis and more – to compete in 6- and 3-mile races. Following the elite race, there will also be a kid’s sprint event and a family friendly relay race.

A $1000 Cornhole Tournament from South Florida Cornhole will take place. Something sort of new and different but lots of fun.

Live entertainment is planned on 2 stages including music bands and performances by Ethan Parker, Bryce Allyn, County Line WPB Meyer AmphitheatreRoad and SpredTheDub among many others.

There is plenty of shaded seating areas around as well as the stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

This is a free event and will begin at 11a.m. at the Meyer Amphitheatre on Flagler Drive and Clematis in West Palm Beach.

VIP and family packages are available. For details, go online to feastofthesea.com

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WPB Social Security Office locations

With the recent closing of the Social Security Office in West Palm Beach, which was located at 1645 N. Congress Avenue, anyone Social Security Office WPB 1who needs to go to a physical location can use any of the offices listed below.

As most people know, the old location was closed as a result of ventilation problems with the air conditioning system and employees were shifted to other Social Security locations until a new location can be found.

Everyone is encouraged to use their online services at www.socialsecurity.gov or call their toll-free number at 1-800-325-0778/1-800-772-1213 (TTY) to avoid long lines and especially travel times for seniors with disabilities.

Online services include applying for retirement, disability, Medicare, spouse and child benefits, checking application status, getting a social security statement and appealing a decision.

Until they find a new location in West Palm Beach, here are the closest locations listed on their sign outside the old WPB location.

Belle Glade – 925 SE 1st Street, Belle Glade, Fl 33430
855-257-0983

N. Broward – 5195 Coconut Creek Pkwy, Margate Fl 33063
866-704-4856

S. Palm Beach (Delray/Boca) – 621 NW 53rd Street, Ste 400, Boca Raton, Fl 33487
877-467-1703

Port St. Lucie – 6810 S. US Hwy 1, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34952
866-366-1627

Hours for all above locations:
Open Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri 9AM-3PM – Wed 9AM-12Noon
Closed Saturday and Sunday

 

 

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Hurricane Season in South Florida

Hurricane season is upon us once again and therefore time to remind everyone to be ready. The predictions for this year is a below-average 2014 Atlantic hurricane season with 10 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane possibly making landfall. Although we’ve been blessed in the last 10 years with no hurricanes hitting south Florida, we should still be

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur

prepared as even a seemingly small storm can bring lots of rain and wind to this area. We’ve already had the first named storm Arthur move up along our coast.

For those who recently relocated to south Florida, it’s even more important to be informed on how to get ready for a hurricane.  Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. The peak months for hurricane development are August and September. Not everyone may realize that 10 years ago, there were 4 hurricanes that hit Florida and despite warnings, many were just not ready. Even for those of us who had made preparations, it was still hard to adjust to being out of electricity for so long. And if you happen to own a generator, you could at least get some relief from the heat and have a couple of appliances running, but it was a very trying and difficult time for most.

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Hurricane Jeanne

So stay alert on approaching storms and use common sense. Plan well for the safety of your family! Don’t wait until the last minute to get ready.

What you can do now:
- Have necessary food, water and supplies for your family and pets, medications, first aid kit.
- You should have enough food and water (1 gallon of drinking water per person/per day) to last you one week to a month. Stock up on what your family eats (canned fruits and veggies, cereal, bread, crackers, peanut butter & jelly, can soup, tuna and salmon, beans, rice and pasta, instant coffee and chocolate).

When a storm/hurricane approaches:
- Get shutters, storm panels or plywood in place
- Check generator for working conditions, hurricane suppliessafety precautions, storage fuel
- Fill up your vehicle
- Get cash
- Get supplies (flashlight, batteries, portable radios, manual can opener, paper plates, plastic cups, garbage bags)
- Charge rechargeable cellphones, drills, lanterns, flashlights)
- Put important documents in zip-lock bags
- Cooking device (camp stove for outdoor use)
- Remove swings, patio furniture, potted plants grills.
- Disconnect and remove satellite dish or antenna from your roof
- Remove roof turbines and cap holes with screw-on caps.
- Make preparations for swimming pool and boat
- Emergency Toilet (garbage can with lid, plastic bags for liners, bleach, toilet paper)
- Be a good neighbor and offer assistance in securing their home

Find out if you live in an evacuation route signevacuation/flood zone, click here. Know how to get the exterior of your house ready for a storm. Inspect shutters and know how to secure windows.

Remember shelters are a last resort however you should know where they are located. Always let your relatives know where you are headed. For a list of shelters in PB County, click here.

If you have special needs or serious medical condition, make arrangements now to reserve space for a special need shelter. You must qualify in advance and you will need a registration from your doctor. To register in Palm Beach County, call 561-712-6400.

When a storm hits
Secure exterior windows and doors.hurricane protection
Stay inside, away from windows and doors.
Do not open the refrigerator door except when necessary.
If the storm becomes intense, move to an interior “safe room”.
If you live in a two-story house, avoid upper floors.
Monitor local radio and TV.

Use caution after a storm.
Report any down power lines to your local utilities company. FPL(800-4-OUTAGE)
Be very careful stepping outdoors when standing Hurricane Wilmawater and debris are present.
Carefully assess damage around your property. Look for downed trees and damage to your roof.
Watch and listen for reports.

Phones lines may not work. AT&T’s telephone systems require electricity. If power is out longer than eight hours, some may lose phone service. About 75 percent of AT&T’s fiber-optic lines are underground. The ones above ground are connected to the same utility poles as power and cable lines.
Comcast cable and Internet service will go out if electricity goes out during a storm. Comcast workers will begin restoring service after FPL has restored power.

Driving will be treacherous. Light signals may be out in several intersections. There may be curfews put in place. Check on neighbors and relatives. Do what you can to restore a sense of normalcy. There will be lots of clean up to do so be patient with everyone.

Be prepared but let’s hope for another uneventful hurricane season!

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4th on Flagler 2014 WPB Waterfront

This 4th of July, come celebrate with family and friends fireworks wpbour Independence Day on the WPB Waterfront.

This year’s theme is “Together We Create America” which reminds us all that so many have come to this land for opportunities and freedom.

Plan activities for the entire 3-day weekend.
Schedule of Events July 4th to July 6th

Friday, July 4th 2014 -  5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
4th on Flagler with fabulous 16 minutes fireworks display illuminating the Intracoastal waterway.
Fireworks starts at 9 p.m.
Military salute for all branches of the armed forces.4th on Flagler Military
Unfurling of a giant American flag.
Live music from national recording artists “The Lost Trailers and Ryan Star.
Enjoy family friendly putt-putt golf, kid’s area, local art and more.
The nine-hole patriotic theme miniature golf course is open 5 to 9 pm daily until July 5 and from 11 am to 3 pm July 6. The cost is $5.00 for one round of golf.

Saturday, July 5th – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Northwest’s Taste of the South BBQ & Brew
Located 2 blocks North of Banyan Blvd on Rosemary Avenue Downtown WPB
For $5.00 vendors will be serving up southern-style barbecue fixings.
Fun water games for kids
Live Blues and R&B music!

Saturday, July 5th – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Northwood Village Restaurant
Northwood Village’s Star Spangled Jubilee
Located 2 miles north of Downtown WPB on Northwood Road, 24th & 25th Streets
Classic American foods
Live music
Local art
For their website click here

Sunday, July 6th – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Clematis Street WPB
Red White & Brunch FORE $25,000.
Clematis Street, Downtown WPB
Participating restaurants in Downtown WPB will be offering a special brunch menu.
Floating hole-in-one golf challenge for your chance at $25,000.

 

Waterfront activities to considerJet Ski Rentals WPB
Catamaran Lunch/Brunch Sails
Jet Ski Rentals
Banana Boat Rides
Paddleboard Rentals
Kayak Rentals
For prices and more information, click here

As you can see, there’s plenty to do for everyone. Be safe and have a Happy 4th of July in West Palm Beach and all over the country!

 

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Tropical Fruit Festival at Mounts Botanical Garden WPB

Inviting all fruit lovers in PB County to come to this always popular annual event on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mounts Botanical Garden.

Mounts Botanical Garden
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

Depending on the weather and how long you plan on staying, always come prepared for these type of events especially with children. Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and water. If this is your first time visiting Mounts Botanical Garden, be sure to bring your camera to snap some memorable pictures. It’s such a beautiful garden and there is so much to see.

This event is held in collaboration with the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International and sponsored taste of tropics festivalby Whole Foods Market in Wellington.

A large tropical fruit display featuring over 100 tropical fruits and a wide variety of fruits and fruit trees will be available for sale such as mangoe, mango treelychee, loquat, jackfruit, sapodilla, citrus, avocado and dragonfruit. This can be exciting for children and surprisingmangoe variety for even some adults to learn just how many fruit trees grow in south Florida.

The first 500 attendees will get free fruit samples so get there early!  Geoffrey Sagrans of Localecopia and Chef Nina Kauder of Rawsome Eats will have cooking demonstrations and recipes incorporating a variety of fruits. Food trucks will also be nearby as well as live music by DYMiN.

Everyone mark your calendars and let’s hope for some great weather! Have a fabulous day at Mounts!

 

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Flowers in the garden

Spring is a fabulous time of year in Florida especially for those of us who just love to spend time in our garden. So let me encourage you to plant something and watch it grow. For beginners, you will find a great variety of plants that will do very well in south Florida. Pick something that will be easy to maintain and care for. Look at your yard for sunny or mostly sunny areas as most flowers need full sun. If purchasing from your local garden center, take time to read about the plant to determine if this will be a good fit for your garden area. You may feel overwhelmed by the choices out there so perhaps a couple of large pots filled with annuals or perennials would be more your style. Flowers can be placed in the front entrance and a beautiful way to greet visitors to your home.

To watch your garden being transformed little by little into a beautiful place is so rewarding. And you will attract several species of butterflies that will linger around and bring a smile on your face. Here is a few plants and flowers from my garden, Giant Bird of Paradise, Gardenia, Jatropha and Ixora.

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JatrophaPotted flowers

IxoraDo be careful if you have small children and always check for plant toxicity. Certain plants and flowers may cause irritation to children, others may actually have toxic parts so always choose carefully.  The same goes for your pets. The caladium and oleanders are very common in Florida gardens both of which have toxic parts.

There is an florida front entry landscapeabundance of beautiful gardens here in south Florida. Many homeowners really take pride in their homes. Landscaping your front yard to look pleasant and inviting has many benefits not only for yourself but for neighbors as well. And should you ever decide to put your home on the market, a great curb appeal will definitely pay off. Beautifully landscaped front lawn with shrubs, trees and flowers can make potential buyers just fall in love with your home.

So go ahead this season and enhance your yard with vibrant and colorful flowers. Bring interest to your garden. You may find that gardening will become your new hobby.

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Memorial Day Events West Palm Beach

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014

Take some time this Memorial Day to honor men South Florida National Cemetaryand women who lost their lives in service to our country.

Memorial Day Events in and around our community

Palm Beach County Veterans Committee 7th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony will be at the South Florida National Cemetery, located at 6501 State Road 7, south of Lantana Road. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Programs to follow include an opening procession by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Pipe and Drum Band, multiple color guards collaborating in the presentation of the colors, pledge of allegiance led by Battle of the Bulge Army Veteran George Fisher, a specialFreedom is not Free memorial in honor of POWs and MIAs led by former POW Bill Arcuri, Agent Orange Balloon Release (more than 200 biodegradable balloons will be released), Gary Hodges singing the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America,” musical selection provided by Wellington High School Band, a Stearman biplane flyover, keynote speaker staff sergeant Brian Mast, wreath presentation by Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, and Echo Taps by Tomas Becerra, Roberto Morgan and Armando Cedeno of the 1st Panamanian Drum & Bugle Corps of Miami.

Shuttle transportation will be available from 8:15 a.m. at the Target Superstore: 5900 State Road 7, Lake Worth and Winfield Solutions: 8245 U.S. Hwy 441, Boynton Beach. There will be NO public parking inside the cemetery grounds. Call 561-649-6489.

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Memorial Day Ceremony. Boca Raton CemetaryFeaturing veterans groups, city officials, music by Fort Lauderdale Highlanders and Boca Raton Community High School Band; drills by Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC; and Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards. Volunteers provided by Boca Raton Kiwanis. 9 a.m. at the Boca Raton Cemetery, 449 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton. Call 561-393-7995.

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Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.Veterans Memorial Park Wellington The parade begins 8:15 am in the Municipal Complex parking area and continues down Forest Hill Boulevard to Southshore Boulevard, Wellington. The ceremony begins at 8:30 am at the Veterans Memorial, immediately following the parade. Call 561-753-2484.

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Memorial Day program. Veterans Memorial Park BocaFeatures procession of colors, guest speakers, patriotic music. Bring lawn chairs. 9:30 a.m., Veteran’s Memorial Park, 9400 W. Palmetto Park Road, between Lyons Road and U.S. 441, west of Boca Raton.  Free. Call 561-963-6755.

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Memorial Day ceremony. EventPalm Beach Memorial Park Lantana includes dignitaries, speakers, patriotic music. Free hot dogs and hamburgers after ceremony. 11:50 a.m., Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacrest Blvd., Lantana. Presented by Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.  Call 561-369-2933.

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Memorial Day Concert, “An American Tribute,” Music by the New Gardens Band, Indian River Pops and Robert Sharon Chorale. Mizner Park Amphitheatre BocaBring blankets or lawn chairs, $2 chair rental. No coolers, food and beverages available for purchase. 7-9 p.m., Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, off Federal Highway just south of Glades Road, Boca Raton. Free. Call 561-393-7073.

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SunFest WPB 2014

SunFest 2014
April 30 – May 4
West Palm Beach Waterfront

It’s that time again! Spring brings us warmer SunFest Waterfrontweather and the ever so popular event of the season… SunFest 2014! People from all over the area look forward to this event all year long and for good reasons.

With 3 stages of live entertainment featuring well known bands such as Goo Goo Dolls, Kid Rock, and the Dooby Brothers to many less known SunFest WPBbut great local bands such as Spred The Dub and Luxury of Company you get to enjoy a variety of music whether you enjoy Reggae, Rock, Pop or Country, there is something for your listening pleasure during this 5 day event.

Visit the BB&T Juried Fine Art & Craft Show which includes jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts. 

Stop by any of three Captain Morgan’s floating Oasis SunFest aerialbarges as well as the popular Youth Park for families with children. Walk along Flagler Drive and take in the scenery while listening to the music in the background. Oh, let’s not forget the food and the spectacular SunFest Fireworks show on the last evening! Stay hydrated as temperatures can get very hot especially during the long weekend hours.

SunFest Advanced tickets can be purchased online and at all Publix in Palm Beach and Martin Counties until April 26th.
Tickets are available for 1-day, 2-days or 5-days.
Senior tickets (65 and older)  are only available at the gate with valid ID.

Remember no large bags allowed at SunFest. Mayor Jeri Muoio said the same rules will apply that were in place for the boat show: Small bags; nothing larger than 12 by 12 inches and 6 inches deep. No coolers, No backpacks. Diaper bags will be searched. Also the City prefers clear bags for ease of searching.

For all information concerning parking, tickets and music lineup, please visit SunFest 2014

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Palm Beach International Boat Show – March 20-23, 2014

This is the 29th year in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach International Boat Show and is one of the top five boat show in the United States.PB Intl Boat Show Organizers say the event will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers, everything from power boats, fishing boats and inflatables to bow riders and 150′ superyachts. So whether you’re interested in purchasing or just want to see what’s new out there, it’s all here for your viewing pleasure.

Show entrances are at Evernia Street and Flagler Drive and North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive.

The Palm Beach Boat Show WPBInternational Boat Show opened Thursday at noon and will run Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No backpacks permitted
No large bags or coolers.

Cost is $18.00 for adults
$8.00 for children 6 to 15
free for children younger than 6.
Tickets available online and at the show.

For more information, visit PB Boat Show

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Palm Beach Outlets Mall Grand Opening Feb. 14

It’s almost time…..yes, almost time to go shopping at the brand new palm beach outletsPalm Beach Outlets Mall. So exciting to have a mall again in West Palm Beach. See map below for location. Set to open this Friday, February 14.

For those who cannot wait and would like to get an extra early start as well as helping our community, the Palm Beach Outlets is hosting a charity shopping night “open doors/open hearts” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $20 per person and proceeds will go toward 20 different local charities.  For more information, click charity event.

Lots of activities planned for the first few days, Palm Beach Outlets mall 001 so bring the entire family and let’s celebrate this Grand Opening of the Palm Beach Outlets. Remember, construction is still going on as there will be many more stores (including Whole Foods and Nordstrom Rack) opening later on in the fall of this year.

But for now, let’s go shopping…..

 

 

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Palm Beach Outlets mall 002Friday
9 a.m.: Ribbon cutting ceremony
10 a.m.: Stores open
10 a.m.-noon: Roving stilt walker/juggler
6-8 p.m.: Music Soloist

 

 

Saturday
Performances through the day by local school groups
6 p.m.: Celebrity Style Fashion Show hosted by Mario Lopez, host of EXTRA and formerly Saved By The Bell.

Sunday
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Roving stilt walker/juggler
Noon-2 p.m.: Face painting
3-5 p.m. Roving stilt walker/juggler

Monday
10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.: Roving stilt walker/juggler
6-8 p.m.: Music soloist

Location of new PB Outlets Mall (previously Palm Beach Mall)
1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.,
West Palm Beach
561-515-4400
Regular business hours:
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PB Outlet map

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Fresh Fest Health & Fitness Expo in WPB on 2-1-2014

If you are interested in better health and fitness or just want to learn something new, Fresh Fest is right up your alley! fresh fest wpbThis is the first time this is being held right here in West Palm Beach at the Meyer Amphitheatre.WPB Meyer Amphitheatre As more and more people are looking for ways to improve their overall health, even making small changes in your lifestyle can have lasting effect in the way you look and feel.

Fresh Fest event raw food dietwill feature health, fitness, wellness, nutrition and fitness through organic food and juices as well as exercise and it is FREE for everyone.organic juice

Dr. Brian Clement from Hippocrates Health Institute will be giving health talks at both 11:30am and 1:00pm on the main stage and there will be a couple of workshops on detox and chiropractic by other speakers. Lots of activities are scheduled at different quadrants from classes in pure barre, yoga and pilates to kangoo and the very popular zumba. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing to participate in any of these classes.

There will also be raw food preparation demonstrations, children’s story time offered by the Palm Beach Post as well as many health conscious local vendors.  Everything at the Fresh Fest will be clean, healthy, organic and environmentally friendly! So stop by for a day of fun activities and good healthy food.

FRESH FEST EXPO
104 Datura Street,
Downtown WPB Meyer Amphitheater
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, visit Fresh Fest.

 

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