On Valentine's weekend it's all about "Puppy Love" at Anchorage Park. Dogs and their owners are invited to a meet and greet Feb. 13 that will feature fun contests, demonstrations and goody bags. Local merchants of dog-related services will be on hand as well as various rescue groups. It goes from 10 am to Noon. Find more details here. -- Gerry
There is a little gem located on Park Avenue in Lake Park where interesting things are happening.
That place is called the Lake Park Public Library.
Director Karen Mahnk, MLIS, oversees the day-to-day activities within the walls, where tall shelves are neatly lined with rows of books, newspapers and magazines hang in bins and computers wait in quiet rooms to be utilized.
There is an area for young children, another for youth and smaller rooms where visitors can escape for a quiet atmosphere in which to study. But, there is also a small, but inviting Rose Garden where one may sit and read in the warm South Florida weather.
Inside, the library is bright, cheery and has a quietly welcoming vibe.
But, an important aspect of the facility are very special friends, such as Muriel and Irv Seidman.
People comprising "Friends of the Library" work hard to secure funding to continue to make educational opportunities available to community residents.
One such fundraising event is the annual Book Fair.
So, mark your calendar and prepare to look for some deals on books at the "Friends of the Library Book Sale", Saturday, January 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., taking place inside the library at 529 Park Avenue, Lake Park.
This event helps fund an assortment of youth programs, a vital component of any community.
As library supporter Irv Seidman commented, "The thrust of our library is our kids."
Supporting educational programs while securing some wonderful books is a worthy event.
-- Pam Barker
"Life without Mexican food is like no life at all" -- Unknown
Heeding the words of their own signage, Cabo Flats is rapidly spreading their Mexican food franchises throughout South Florida. Already in Jupiter, Delray Beach, Stuart and West Palm Beach, new locations are opening soon in Miami and Pembroke Pines.
We had an opportunity to stop by their newest location at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, at 550 South Rosemary across from Macy's. Featuring their signature Mexican folk art murals, and a cozy outdoor firepit, diners enjoy the flavorful, authentic cuisine that has propelled their popularity.
Start with a cocktail -- make mine a lemon drop martini -- and one of their famous appetizers, like the Mexican Street Corn or their best seller, the Avocado Fries. Pair that with chips and salsa, and a big bowl of mouth-watering guacamole, and you're all set.
There are entrees to suit every taste, but be forewarned: The portions are HUGE. So come hungry or get a "to go" box. Likewise on the desserts. We had the largest serving of flan ever, and every bite was better than the last. The waffle/banana/ice cream is also worth saving room.
The best part is, if you live in South Florida, you won't ever have to experience life without Mexican food.
Go here for more on the Jupiter Cabo Flats
Cabo Flats CityPlace Facebook Page
Writing, whether books, blogs or interviews, can be much like existing, alone, on an island. Eerily silent.
Therefore, when a person bothers to provide a thought on the work, it is unexpected. This is especially true if you have no agent, no marketing campaign, only yourself to press your words into the world.
So, it was fun for me when an individual (who has read all four of my books) took the time to offer an opinion.
The reader opined that my books were "wry and light-hearted."
Book number five, currently in the works, is not so light-hearted. Sarcasm dwells within, there is no stopping it, and it will always be woven into my creations.
Nice that someone floated their opinion to me. Writing on that island is what I do, but words drifting in from the outside world is refreshing.
My characters...Palmer, Anya, Frederick, Lizzie, Victor, Embry, Addison, etc., etc., appreciate anyone getting to know them.
Meet my sardonic fiction at Amazon:
Panama Palmer, Privately Palmer, The Bainbridges of the Palm Beaches, and Zandra.
Being accustomed to life in South Florida in January, rain is not supposed to be on the horizon. At least nothing serious.
Rainy season is over, people.
But, is it?
Hurricane season is over, people.
But, is it?
Yes, that part really is over.
So, on this day in January, not only do we have a bit of wind, a bit more rain, but the possibility of funnel clouds forming over us.
Yes, we are totally spoiled to our fabulous winter weather, I acknowledge that factoid.
Actually, I don't mind a bit of romantic raindrops falling on my head.
But, our dog?
The face says it all. -- Pam
This item from the North Palm Beach Library:
Art historian, author and lecturer Fred Dixon returns to the North Palm Beach LIbrary to present "The 20 Greatest Paintings of the 20th Century". It takes place on Friday, Jan. 15, from 2-3:30 p.m.
Romance will be in the air as the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa hosts a Taste of Italy Under the Stars dinner, featuring singer Franco Corso on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6-9 p.m. Executive Chef Larry LaValley invites guests and local residents to join him under the outdoor gazebo for ocean views and a three-course Italian-inspired dinner, as well as a melodic journey through Italy by Franco Corso. The newest classic crossover artist on the international scene, Corso was dubbed “the voice of romance,” with a sound that runs from baritone to tenor "with a magical quality that hypnotizes and mesmerizes."
The Taste of Italy Under the Stars experience is priced at $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Interested parties can call 561-340-1795 for reservations.
The call for volunteers to help at two North Palm Beach County premier events has gone out from the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. Here are the details in this press release:
The 2016 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival and the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea in Juno Beach are looking for volunteers to help make these Northern Palm Beach County festivals the most memorable ones for both patrons and artists. Volunteer applications are being accepted online at www.npbchamber.com.
"Volunteers are the backbone of our festivals. They ensure the needs of the guests and artists are being addressed," said Beth Kigel, President and CEO of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce which produces both the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival and Art Fest by the Sea in Juno Beach. "We just could not stage these world-class events without our volunteers."
It takes more than 1,500 volunteers to help produce and organize ArtiGras and Art Fest by the Sea. Volunteers can choose one of three shifts per day in the following areas: ArtiKids Area & ArtWall, Parking/Transportation, Artist Relations, Site Operations, Volunteer Committee, Youth Art Competition Committee, Information Booths and Merchandising.
Volunteers also receive great perks including a free T-shirt, free admission to the festival before or after their shift the day of volunteering, special parking and free food and beverages in the volunteer area. Students will also receive community service credit for the hours they volunteer.
For more information on volunteering for ArtiGras and/or Art Fest by the Sea and details about the festivals, visit www.npbchamber.com or call 561-746-7111.
The 31st annual ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, February 13-15, will showcase a juried exhibition of outstanding fine art and feature activities which include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, interactive art activities for all ages, a youth art competition and the opportunity to meet more than 300 of the top artists from around the world. Listed as one of the top 50 festivals in the country, ArtiGras 2016 expects more than 85,000 patrons over the three-day period.
The Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea in Juno Beach, March 12-13, has become a springtime tradition for residents and snowbirds alike. Since it's inception, this esteemed community art festival continues to highlight the talents of more than 150 artists displaying a wide range of works from life-size sculptures, to photography and jewelry. There are all sorts of opportunities to appreciate art during this weekend of visual inspiration along the beach on A1A.
For additional information, visit www.artigras.org or contact the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at (561) 746-7111.
Want to get smarter about your smart phone? The Village of North Palm Beach has upcoming classes scheduled for both IOS and Android devices. Get all the details below:
Wednesday, January 13
This is a beginners class to learn more about how to use your iPhone or iPad. We will cover basic functions such at texting, email, photos, useful apps, and more! The $8 fee includes a light lunch. Time for questions at the end, so write them down!
Class details here.
Wednesday, January 20
Get a new Samsung, LG, Motorola, Nexus, HTC or Kyocera phone/tablet for the holidays? This workshop is for all smart phones that are not Apple. We will show you the basics to using your new phone or tablet; using the camera, texting, emailing, basics apps, and more!! $8 fee includes a light lunch. Time at the end for questions/answers, so write them down!
Class details here.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
GERRY PRONOUNCED GARY
Listen to Chapter One of "Panama Palmer"