(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (April 29, 2022) – Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, is commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month (May 1-31) by encouraging its guests and teammates to “Have a Bright Day.” During the month of May, the company will aim to brighten the days of its team and guests through a series of activations including, a first-ever staged comedy show, mental health awareness resources, lighthearted “Have A Bright Day” postcards and other surprise words of encouragement placed throughout the stations and onboard the trains.
“Mental health awareness is a priority for Brightline,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “Throughout the month of May, our goal is to remind our guests and teammates to take care of their emotional and social well-being and to support them by providing tools and resources for mental health, as well as using comedy and encouragement as a reminder to stay on the bright side!”
(PRESS RELEASE)_DELRAY BEACH, FL – Konnichiwa! Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.
The zen oasis will showcase a plethora of adult and family-friendly programming, including the new art exhibit, Behind the Wall: Visions of the Asian Experience in America, featuring powerful works by five legendary Japanese and Asian American mural artists. Behind the Wall runs May 7 through September 25, 2022.
Throughout May, the museum is rolling out a to-do list of cultural endeavours, from sumi-e ink painting and the verdant beauty of bonsai to ikebana, the refined art of Japanese floral arrangement. And ocha lovers will enjoy the Way of Tea: Sado Demonstration on May 21, which showcases a luxurious tea ceremony from start to sip. For more information on May events, visit morikami.org/event-calendar.
And Morikami looks forward to spoiling mom on Mother's Day. Treat haha ("mother" in Japanese) to an après-stroll, Pan-Asian lunch at the Cornell Café, overlooking the museum's private lake. Moms receive a complimentary drink with lunch purchase.
Curator Spotlight: Meet Wendy Lo, the Morikami Museum's distinguished curator of education. Wendy received her Master's of Arts in Asian Studies from Florida International University, and has studied and sojourned extensively throughout Japan. She began her career at the Morikami in 2009, and has dramatically expanded the public's knowledge of Japanese culture since her curatorial appointment in 2014. Today, Wendy spearheads world-class educational initiatives, docent and adult outreach programming, and oversees the award-winning Stroll for Well-Being, a therapeutic wellness program which immerses participants in the peace and serenity of the Japanese gardens.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. For more information, call (561) 495-0233 or visit morikami.org.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Not all that long ago, in this very galaxy, Star Wars fanatics found an excuse to showcase their obsession on May the 4th, aka Star Wars Day. This year, Kapow Noodle Bar will celebrate with cosplay, giveaways and plenty of surprises. Fans can watch the ultimate movie trilogy and cheers “May the 4th be with you!” with Star Wars-themed cocktails. Let’s just hope there are no Tatooine aliens bellying up to the bar for a fight.
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(PRESS RELEASE)_PALM BEACH, FL — Building a better world for both people and animals begins with teaching our children the meaning of kindness. And what better time to start than during American Humane’s 107th Annual Be Kind to Animals Week®, on May 1-7, which is the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history.
To kick off the humane initiative, the Palm Beach-based nonprofit will provide complimentary education materials for parents, teachers, and children in both English and Spanish. The free online library features downloadable materials, which include lessons and teaching sheets for pre-K to Grade 5 students, “Be Kind to Animals” posters, and a plethora of ideas to celebrate and protect Earth’s creatures. For more information, visit americanhumane.org/BeKind.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Boca Raton, FL – April 26, 2022) The always popular BOCA BACCHANAL, an annual celebration of fine wine and food benefitting the Boca Raton Historical Society, will be back next week.
Saturday, May 7 – The Grand Tasting at The Boca Raton
At this event held at The Boca Raton, 42 different prized vintners and wineries will offer tasting selections of their wines and champagnes. Attendees will also enjoy generous samplings of signature dishes from local restaurants. There will also be a silent auction of wine, dining, travel, and lifestyle packages. The Grand Tasting will take place in the legendary resort’s Grand Ballroom in the Mizner Center. The Boca Raton is located at 501 East Camino Real (33432).
In addition to our five premiere wineries (Château La Nerthe, DAOU Vineyards, Masi Agricola, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards), another 37 amazing wineries and distributors will be featured at The Grand Tasting including August Imports, Banfi Wines, Baron De Ley, Biagio Cru, Bronco Wine Co., Cape Classics, Castle Rock Winery, Coleccion Internacional de Vino, Entrecanales Domecq, Frog’s Leap, Hahn Family Wines, House of Smith, King Estate Winery, Luneau USA, Origins Organic Imports, Pacific Highway Wines, Palm Bay International, Prestige Beverage Group, Provence Rose Group, Quintessential Wines, Raventos-Codorniu, Roots Run Deep, Round Pond, Rutherford Wine Co., San Sebastian Winery, Santa Margherita USA, St. Supery Estates Vineyard & Winery, Truchard Vineyards, Unibroue, Valckenberg, Vinamericas, Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery, WINC, Wine Group, Wine Source International, WX Brands, and ZD Winery.
West Palm Beach, FL – YMCA of the Palm Beaches (YMCA) has finalized an agreement with the Palm Beach County (PBC) Board of County Commissioners that authorizes the YMCA to lease approximately five acres in Lake Lytal Park from the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) for 50 years with one 50-year extension option. The partnership will bring new facilities, amenities, and improvements to Lake Lytal Park, located at 3645 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach.
The new YMCA of the Palm Beaches / PBC Parks & Recreation facilities will include:
·State-of-the-art health & fitness facilities with expanded equipment offerings
·A new Aquatics Center with a competition pool, a dive well, and other water-based recreational activities
·Expansive community gathering place for wellness-focused classes and programs
·An Olympic-style skate park and training facility
·High-tech Teen Center with a STEM Lab, music recording & arts studio, mentoring & job training, teaching kitchen, and a child care center.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Lake Worth Beach, FL – April 22, 2022) Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, today announced that this season’s third CULTURE & COCKTAILS conversation will again be held live in the beautiful rooftop ballroom of The Ben, located at 251 N. Narcissus Avenue in West Palm Beach.
Monday, May 9 – 5 to 7 pm
(Postponed from January 10)
WASHINGTON TO WARHOL
A Revealing Conversation with
Bonnie Lautenberg, an esteemed photographer, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She is the widow of former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (Dem., NJ), who got to know many of the nation’s leaders from Clinton to Biden. Her portrait series How They Changed Our Lives: Senators as Working People is in the Library of Congress archives, and her work is featured in the Eli Broad Collection and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History. She is currently co-producing a musical based on the life of pop icon Andy Warhol, along with music manager Steve Leber, director Trevor Nunn, and writer/composer Rupert Holmes.
Moderator: Carol Rose, Editor of The Palm Beach Daily News
The next scheduled CULTURE & COCKTAILS will be:
(PRESS RELEASE)_BOCA RATON, FL (April 19, 2022) – Nine-year-old Julia and seven-year-old Daphne Edgarde of Boca Raton, students at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, started piano lessons three years ago after attending The Symphonia’s ‘Meet the Orchestra.' The program invites families to attend an orchestra rehearsal followed by an ‘instrument petting zoo,’ allowing the kids to interact with the musicians and the instruments they play.
Last year, the girls combined their newfound love of classical music with their love of giving back (they are active in their school’s Philanthropy for Kids in Action program), and created ‘Pennies for Piano,’ a virtual recital for friends and family to help raise funds for The Symphonia and the International Alliance for Women in Music.
Each girl performed seven classical music selections, followed by a performance of an original composition the two wrote for the event. Throughout the recital, the girls shared the number of notes played during each song, and suggested the audience give one penny for each note. The recital raised $500 for The Symphonia.
“I’m ecstatic that they’re becoming fluent in the language of music,” said Seth Edgarde, the girls’ father. “It’s something of a lacuna in a modern education, so I’m very happy that they are able to use their passion to further music education right here in our community.”
Since the recital, the sisters have challenged themselves to practice piano every day for 500 straight days. At The Symphonia’s season finale performance on Sunday, April 24, Julia and Daphne will celebrate reaching their goal by meeting world-renowned conductor Alastair Willis and former child prodigy, pianist Lindsay Garritson.
(PRESS RELEASE)_April 21, 2022 (Jupiter, Fla.) — Paris Ballet and Dance is bringing the spellbinding magic of Cinderella to the Kravis Center!
The dancers of Paris Ballet — the prestigious Jupiter school founded by former international professional dancer Jean-Hugues Feray in 2009 — will present the beloved ballet for one night only on the mainstage of The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m.
A timeless rags-to-riches love story, the ballet tells the tale of Cinderella, a young girl who is saved by a magical fairy godmother. Set to Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev’s unforgettable score, the ballet will feature exhilarating choreography by Feray, dazzling costumes, colorful sets and showcase the talents of many young dancers.
With the full performance of Cinderella filling Act I, Act II will be comprised of variations from the school’s most advanced dancers. The 12th anniversary show will close with an exclusive performance by international ballet stars Nicole Graniero and Brooklyn Mack dancing Marius Petipa’s enthralling and unforgettable Le Corsaire Pas de Deux.
While Paris Ballet has often performed in the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, this marks the first time the school’s students will perform on the mainstage: Dreyfoos Hall. This holds special meaning for Feray, who danced professionally for many years on that stage during his years with the original Ballet Florida.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Palm Beach Gardens, FL – April 21, 2022) Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beach Gardens (MCCPB), the largest faith-based community in Palm Beach County dedicated to serving the local LGBTQ+ community and its family members and friends, will be hosting a Lauren Daigle Tribute Night, featuring Jennell Eve and a special 10-piece band, on Saturday, May 7, starting at 7 pm
A fundraiser for MCCPB, the outdoor concert will be at 7 pm in the event field by the church, located at 4857 Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. Attendees should feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and there will be a food truck onsite.
The concert will offer the music of the extraordinary Lauren Daigle, a winner of two GRAMMY® Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards. Her platinum debut album, How Can It Be, produced three number one songs (First, O’Lord, and Trust in You), while the GRAMMY-winning second album Look Up Child featured her triple-platinum smash You Say, the longest-running No. 1 song to appear on any weekly Billboard chart, as well as the platinum selling single Rescue, and gold certified singles Still Rolling Stones and Look Up Child. In addition to her music, Daigle established The Price Fund in 2018, a global foundation dedicated to helping those in need through community initiatives and outreach.
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