(PRESS RELEASE)_Boca Raton, FL (March 24, 2021)—Continuing its mission to offer safe, enriching, and affordable childcare for working families providing fundamental services to the community, the Fuller Center has announced that spaces are now available for its 2021 Summer Camp program at both Fuller Center locations – East Campus (200 NE 14th Street, Boca Raton); and West Campus (10130 185th Street South, Boca Raton.) Both Fuller Center campuses have been operating under strict safety protocols and have had no spread of COVID since June 15, 2020.
SUMMER CAMP INFO:
Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: Mon., June 21 – Fri., August 6
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $140 per week
Scholarships are also available through Palm Beach County Youth Services, with those applications due by April 2.
ELC vouchers are also accepted.
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, plus field trip admission fees
To enroll, call the East Campus at 561.391.7274 or the West Campus at 561.482.3006.
“We know how critical finding good, affordable, COVID-safe childcare during the summer months is to our communities’ working families,” said Ellyn Okrent, CEO, the Fuller Center. “Our sole purpose is to provide a safe, fun, and educational atmosphere for kids, so their parents can rest assured their children’s essential and academic needs are being met in a nurturing environment.”
Some of the planned activities include outdoor sports, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, nature activities, academic enrichment, computer classes and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.)
The Full Center Summer Camp is part of the Quality Improvement System, Prime Time, and Family Central of Palm Beach County, agencies that have set standards for summer camp professionals and quality programs. All Fuller Center Camp Counselors are certified in CPR with AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) for infant, child and adult.
When you make the claim, "The Most Interesting Store in the World," that's a high bar. But SHOWFIELDS, newly open in Miami Beach, may just be right.
Located at 530 Lincoln Rd., one look at the exterior tentacles reaching into the air and you know it's not going to be your average shopping experience. Their two-story showroom houses 14,300 square feet of unique merchandise treated as works of art in a series of pop-up shops. This is their second location, the first being in New York.
We'll have more to report once we visit, but in the meantime, here's additional details from their press agency:
"The ultimate curator, SHOWFIELDS brings together the most mission-driven, design-oriented, innovative, unconventional, and relevant brands, artists and communities from around the globe. By supporting local artists, empowering mission-driven brands and connecting these with Miami locals and visitors, SHOWFIELDS is merging the worlds between art and retail in a truly unique way.
"Current installations include:
"Design of the Miami location draws inspiration from the city’s culture and beauty, with orange and pinks woven throughout the space to create a sense of warmth that properly represents its city and inviting culture. The contrasting design of the landmark, heritage building and the modular, modern interior melds the classic Miami aesthetic with a flexible, easy-to-navigate retail experience.
"Mindful to the delicate ecosystem that surrounds it, the interior was designed head-to-toe with sustainability in mind, with all decor, art, fixtures and all freestanding elements, constructed out of sustainable and upcycled materials, while decorative items like chairs and vases were thrifted and repurposed. SHOWFIELDS has also partnered with local vendors to reduce carbon footprint, reducing shipping, and to support the local artists and economy. "
Some examples of the pop-up shops you'll find (SHOWFIELDS)
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – March 23, 2021) The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and further cultivation and use of tropical and rare fruit in South Florida and around the world, is hosting its annual Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale this Saturday, March 27. The popular event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm in the Agriplex Building on the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Both admission and parking are FREE.
At this year’s Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale, vendors from all over the state will offer a wide variety of delightful and delicious fruit trees, including Avocado, Banana, Barbados Cherry, Black Sapote, Canistel Citrus, Dragon Fruit, Fig, Guava, Grumichama, Jackfruit, Jaboticaba, Longan, Lychee, Macadamia, Mamey Sapote, Mango, Miracle Fruit, Mulberry, Papaya, Peach, Persimmon, Soursop, Sugar Apple, Star Apple, Tamarind, herbs and spices, plus specially formulated fertilizer, and more.
Fresh honey from the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association will be available for purchase, promises group president Kevin Easton.
And Sean Moore from Green Leaf Worm Farms – Green Leaf Microgreens will be offering Worm Castings, a natural slow-release soil builder. This is a natural enhancer that is safer to use to avoid burning from excess chemical fertilizers.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a wagon to help carry purchased plants. Also available will be educational information on the planting and growing of fruit trees, along with knowledgeable volunteers and vendors to answer any questions.
About The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, Inc.:
Established in 1970, the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council (RFC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and furthering the cultivation and use of tropical and rare fruit in south Florida and throughout the world. RFC has several hundred members interested in learning about, growing and enjoying tropical fruits, and is currently holding virtual meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Membership is $30 yearly, and benefits include:
+ Monthly newsletter - filled with informative articles about growing rare fruits and related topics.
+ Propagation classes - members learn how to graft & air-layer tropical fruit trees.
+ Annual Ice Cream Social - for members and their guests only; the ice cream is handmade with fruits grown by members.
+ Plant Sales - members can bring fruit trees and edible plants to sell to the general public.
+ Organized field trips to regional fruit tree collections and plantings.
+ Periodic field trips to member yards and local orchards.
+ Volunteer opportunities for many interesting & exciting committees and events.
In addition, specially formulated fertilizer is offered at a discount for RFC members.
For more information about the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, Inc., please call 855.732.7273 or visit www.pbrarefruitcouncil.org.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Palm Beach Gardens, FL – On April 4, sit down to a luxurious Easter Sunday with family and friends at III Forks Prime Steakhouse in Palm Beach Gardens. No hopping required.
Executive chef Tommy Nevill will usher in the gastronomic holiday with a decadent Sunday brunch ($49 per person). Premium selections include filet mignon Benedict; 10 oz. New York strip and two eggs; shrimp and grits; vegetarian steak & eggs; or lobster tail Benedict with Hollandaise sauce, poached eggs, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes. Feeling toasty? Guests can tip back a spicy Bloody Mary cocktail or sparkling mimosa ($8 each) along with complimentary scones, Danish, and biscotti.
Diners can also select from the Easter à la carte menu, like charred cauliflower steak ($21), Atlantic salmon with tarragon chimichurri sauce ($37), cold water lobster tail (market price), and a heavenly 32 oz. Tomahawk ribeye ($96).
Easter hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brunch offerings and the à la carte menu are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A regular menu is available after 3 p.m. Children's holiday brunch menu ($18) features bespoke pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs.
III Forks is located at 4645 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call (561) 630-3660 or visit 3forks.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Boynton Beach, FL – On National Ravioli Day, grab a fork and revel in the softest square shaped, stuffed dough that fondly reminds you of your favorite nonna's Italian cooking.
On March 20, tuck into two ravioli recipes that stuff the "mamma mia!" into the homemade holiday at Josie's Ristorante in Boynton Beach. Chef Sebastian Setticasi will be plating up his family's famous carb-lovers classics: Four-cheese ravioli ($20) served with San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, basil, and homemade sauce, and Porcini ravioli ($24) stuffed with pancetta, onion, tomatoes, and drizzled with wild mushroom cream. All entrées come with a basket of Josie's famous garlic-and-olive oil bread knots. We think your grand-momma would approve.
Josie's Ristorante is located at 1602 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach. For more information, visit josiesristorante.com or call (561) 364-9601.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI — February 26th, 2021 --This April, “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” is coming to one of Miami’s most iconic venues, the Ice Palace Studios. The exhibition, created by French-Canadian Creative Director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s world-renowned Normal Studio, features more than 300 of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic artworks and takes the art lover into a three-dimensional world that exhilarates the senses.
After tremendous successes in Europe, cinematic Van Gogh exhibitions have crossed the ocean to great North American acclaim in recent years. In a rich and unique multimedia experience using cutting-edge projection technology developed by some of the world’s greatest AV designers, Beyond Van Gogh takes on the challenge of breathing new life into Van Gogh’s vast body of work. Using the artist’s own dreams, thoughts, and words to drive the experience as a narrative, guests move along projection-swathed walls wrapped in light and color that swirls, dances, and refocuses into flowers, cafes, and landscapes.
While journeying through Beyond Van Gogh, guests witness over 300 masterpieces, including instantly-recognizable classics such as “The Starry Night”, “Sunflowers”, and “Café Terrace at Night”, now freed from their frames. Van Gogh’s art comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces, and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Through his own words set to a symphonic score, guests come to a new appreciation of this tortured artist’s stunning work. It’s no surprise that millions of people all over the world credit Van Gogh with enhancing their relationship with art. Beyond Van Gogh will only deepen it further.
Tickets On sale Now – Grand Opening Thursday, April 15th
Ice Palace Studios Miami (1400 N Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136)
(PRESS RELEASE)_North Palm Beach, FL – As people are frantic to get hold of depleting Covid-19 vaccinations, on Monday, March 15th, the Jewish Community Synagogue held a large vaccination event inoculating over six hundred people.
With an immeasurable number of people looking to protect themselves and only a short supply of vaccines, Rabbi Leib Ezagui of the Jewish Community Synagogue recognized the need to care for the community. He, therefore, reached out to the FDEM and Jewish Volunteer Services to make it happen. They were able to secure six hundred vaccines for the community.
“Our phone was ringing off the hook. People were so desperate to get a vaccine, and when we were able to make it happen, they were so grateful! We filled up all of the spots very quickly and had quite the waitlist. We hope to do it again in a few weeks.” Rabbi Leib shared.
In order to make it smooth and efficient, people were given appointment times throughout the day and over thirty nurses were there to administer shots. In addition, the national guard along with several security guards and police officers were there to direct traffic and make sure everyone was safe. The event was open to anyone who fit the state-mandated restrictions and qualified for the vaccine.
“I was in and out within twenty-five minutes. We checked in outside, went inside to get the shot, and then sat in the waiting area for fifteen minutes to be monitored. It was an extremely quick, friendly, and organized process.” Sandy Mehrman, an attendee, shared.
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui told us, “People were literally leaving with tears in their eyes. They were so grateful that they could now visit their grandchildren – some of whom they haven’t seen in over ten months.”
With Passover coming up, the Jewish Community Synagogue revealed that they will be holding another event in a few weeks’ time.
For more information on The Jewish Community Synagogue call 561-624-7004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the synagogue in reference to the Covid-19 vaccine.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Boca Raton, FL (March 16, 2020)— The SYMPHONIA, South Florida’s premier Chamber Orchestra, has announced its third live concert of the season, to be held on Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m., with a second performance at 5 p.m. in the Grand Oasis Ballroom of the Boca Raton Marriott. “Let the Trumpet Sound,” led by Principal Conductor, Maestro Alastair Willis, will include a 60-minute performance, without intermission, featuring soloist Jeffrey Kaye, Principal Trumpet.
The program will include:
Purcell Suite from Abdelazer
Handel Suite in D for Trumpet and Strings
Baldassare Sonata No.1 in F for Trumpet and strings
Holst St Paul’s Suite
A reduced-sized orchestra will perform, enabling the musicians to socially distance on the stage. In addition, guest seating will be spatially distanced, per recommended CDC guidelines, and masks will be required for both musicians and guests. The trumpet will feature a bell cover during the performance to adhere with covid safety standards.
“Like every performing artist, our musicians are eager to get back on stage and perform,” said Annabel Russell, The Symphonia’s Executive Director. “We are still prioritizing safety, of course, and have taken many measures to ensure our guests and our musicians have a spatially-safe, yet thoroughly enjoyable experience.”
The Boca Raton Marriott continues operating under strict CDC guidelines and following best practices within the policies and procedures set by the Florida Governor and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
While those who have already subscribed for the season will be given first opportunity for seats, The Symphonia added the second performance to enable participation from the general public. Ticket prices are $75 per person. To purchase tickets, call 561-376-3848 or email email@example.com. Seating will be assigned – guests coming together will sit in their own bubble that will be socially distanced accordingly.
Please visit thesymphonia.org for more information.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – If you're waiting for a swoon-worthy sign, it's coming for you on National Proposal Day at III Forks Prime Steakhouse in Palm Beach Gardens.
Nuptial-minded couples who pop the big question and say "I do!" on Saturday, March 20 at the celebrated steakhouse will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne (perfect for toasting future bliss and showing off your beautiful new rock, right?).
III Forks Prime Steakhouse is located at 4645 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, please visit 3forks.com or call (561) 630-3660.
(PRES RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, FL (March 16, 2021) – The Palm Beach County (PBC) Board of County Commissioners recently approved a resolution authorizing the YMCA of the Palm Beaches (YMCA) to lease approximately five acres in Lake Lytal Park for 50 years with one 50-year extension option. The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) and the YMCA are partnering to bring new facilities, amenities, and improvements to Lake Lytal Park, located at 3645 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach. PBC Parks is planning to replace the Aquatic Center and relocate it adjacent to the YMCA’s facilities. The new Aquatic Center inside Lake Lytal Park will include both competition facilities as well as other water-based recreational amenities. Improvements planned by the YMCA include an Olympic-style skate park and training facility, state-of-the-art community center/health and fitness facility, and a child care center. The design development phase for both the Aquatic Center and the YMCA amenities are expected to commence shortly and last approximately 12 months. The construction of the both the Aquatic Center and the YMCA amenities could commence by late 2021.
The agreement ensures that both PBC Parks and the YMCA construct facilities and infrastructure improvements at their own expense. The YMCA will be building the Olympic-style skate park and training facility as Phase I, the community center/health and fitness facility as Phase II, and an indoor gymnasium and child care center as Phase III. The YMCA is currently lining up major donors who might want their namesake attached to this essential community center, located along the busiest east-west corridor (Southern Blvd) in Palm Beach County, leaving a legacy for years to come.
“Public-private partnerships between YMCAs and municipal Parks and Recreation Departments are thriving throughout the country. We look forward to this cooperative project at Lake Lytal Park being a shining example of how these types of collaborative relationships can greatly benefit the community,” said Tim Coffield, CEO and President of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches. “We are grateful for the leadership of County staff, the support of our County Commissioners, and we are excited to bring our collective vision to fruition.”
“The possibility to partner with the YMCA of the Palm Beaches to develop and collocate world class recreation facilities at Lake Lytal Park is a distinctive and timely opportunity that will benefit the residents of Palm Beach County for years to come,” said Eric Call, Director, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.
In addition, within two years of the county’s completion of the aquatic facility inside Lake Lytal Park, the YMCA will handle staffing, programming, and operational management of the facility, which is projected to significantly reduce PBC Parks’ operational expenses.
For more information on naming opportunities and other funding opportunities, contact Peter Thate, Development Director of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches, at 561-968-9622 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
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