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By GERRY BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
NORTH PALM BEACH_The North Palm Marina Outdoor Lounge is officially open for business.
Located at the marina along the Intracoastal waterfront, guests can enjoy watching the boat traffic from plush outdoor chairs and sofas or Adirondack chairs, as well as order food and drink from Belle's food truck. Safe Harbor opened the original Belle's restaurant at the Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island, followed by a second location at Old Port Cove in December, 2019.
North Palm Marina General Manager Josh Steib said the lounge is open Thursday through Monday 11 am to 8 pm, and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Food choices include appetizers like wings and coconut shrimp, salads and handhelds, including burgers, fish and chips and a Cuban Panini.
Pam and I attended a preview night event and give the food two thumbs up!
Steib said they aren't offering happy hour at launch, but saw it as a future possibility. Right now, sipping a cool drink under a palm, watching the yachts go by, is good reason to be happy enough.
(PRESS RELEASE)_May 27, 2022 (Jupiter, Fla.) — When former international ballet star Jean-Hugues Feray decided to open his own dance school in Jupiter in early 2009, the Keavy family noticed.
They recognized Feray immediately from his years dancing professionally with the original Ballet Florida and were one of the first families to enroll their then-4-year-old daughter Clare in dance classes at his new school. Their daughter quickly fell in love with ballet, and today – after 13 years of training with Feray at his now-renowned Paris Ballet and Dance – Clare, now 17, has earned a coveted trainee spot at The Sarasota Ballet on Florida’s west coast.
“I am so proud that one of Paris Ballet’s very first ballet students has earned such a prestigious training spot with a major ballet company,” Feray said. “It’s wonderful to see one of my students come full circle like this. Clare is incredibly motivated and talented, and I can’t wait to see where her professional career takes her.”
Founded in 1987, The Sarasota Ballet is a full resident professional ballet company with an expansive repertoire that has earned international acclaim. With rave reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Dance Europe and Dancing Times, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at City Center and the Joyce Theater in New York City, among others. The Sarasota Ballet’s Trainee Program offers talented students a well-rounded curriculum designed to prepare them for their next steps in their dance careers
LWVPBC Sets Hot Topic Discussions
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – May 26, 2022) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) today invited local taxpayers, property owners, and concerned citizens to two upcoming Hot Topic Discussions, both at noon and on Zoom:
Wednesday, June 15 at Noon
The Importance of Public Defenders on the Supreme Court
Sharing the criminal defense perspective will be Carey Haughwout, Public Defender in Palm Beach County since 2001. A board-certified criminal trial lawyer, she established and chaired the Re-entry Task Force for the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission which established services for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism.
Link to Register in Advance
Wednesday, July 15 at Noon
Civil Rights in Florida
James Shaw, Chair of the ACLU of Florida’s State Legal Panel, will discuss the current state of civil rights statewide and changes in the law from this year’s Legislative session.
Link to Register in Advance
(PRESS RELEASE)_May 25, 2022 (Jupiter, Fla.) — Paris Ballet is bringing the enchantment of dance to the Kravis Center for its final performances of the 2021/22 season!
The dancers of Paris Ballet — the prestigious Jupiter school founded by former international professional dancer Jean-Hugues Feray in 2009 — will present two end-of-year showcase performances on June 11 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse. Incorporating ballet, modern, contemporary, neoclassical, jazz and tap, the June 11 performances will also feature a special guest performance by Ohio’s acclaimed Le Jeune Dance.
“While our season primarily focuses on ballet, our June performances are our chance to showcase the many other forms of dance that students learn at Paris Ballet and Dance,” said Feray. “The performances will also feature ballet classics, such as Cinderella (featuring Raelin Flanigan and Maia DeOreo), excerpts from Swan Lake and more. This is a perfect performance for people of all ages who love dance and want to enjoy a quality afternoon or evening at the Kravis Center supporting the next generation of young dancers.”
(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH, FL (May 24, 2022) – It’s time to ante up the stakes on childhood drowning prevention during Live Like Jake’s 3rd Annual “Poker 4 Prevention” Charity Tournament. Tickets are on sale now for the Texas Hold ‘Em showdown, which will be held at the Palm Beach Kennel Club on June 5, starting at 12 pm. Tickets are $50 per person, and cover the initial buy-in. Re-buys are $20 each. The Prize Pool is 50% of the buy-ins and re-buys, with awards going to the top three winners.
“We are so grateful to be able to hold our event once more in the wonderful Poker Rooms at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, where we can welcome even more players,” says Keri Morrison, organization founder and mother to Jake, who was lost in a tragic drowning incident. “This event helps us raise funds to support drowning prevention and to create awareness of the importance of safety measures that should be in place in and around water. And we do it all while have a great time together.”
Food and drink are available at the Palm Beach Kennel Club’s Paddock Restaurant and snack bar. Space is limited and tickets may be purchased by visiting livelikejake.com/events. The Live Like Jake 3rd Annual “Poker 4 Prevention” Charity Tournament takes place Saturday, June 5 at 12 pm at the Palm Beach Kennel Club’s 2nd floor Poker Room. The Kennel Club is located at 1111 N Congress Ave in West Palm Beach.
Live Like Jake’s next event is the annual “Be the Light” gala, held this year on October 8 at Lady Jean Ranch in Jupiter. For information about sponsorships, future events, scholarships, or the Foundation, please visit www.livelikejake.com or call 561.441.7611.
Maine Hotel Opens New Restaurant
(PRESS RELEASE)_BRUNSWICK, MAINE – 05/25/2022 – The Federal, a new boutique hotel in the heart of Brunswick, Maine, announces the opening of 555 north, its chef-driven destination restaurant, now open for dinner. 555 north is a collaboration between The Federal and award-winning Chef Steve Corry and his wife Michelle, proprietors of 555 Portland, which was once among the most distinctive and highly acclaimed restaurants in the city.
Paying homage to the local landscape, the menu at 555 north comprises dishes prepared with fresh ingredients from New England’s surrounding farms and waters. Selections will rotate seasonally and focus on Maine’s bountiful seafood as well as classic recipes with a twist and signature favorites.
"We are excited for this next chapter for the 555 brand and for the opportunity to bring our menu to locals, hotel guests, and visitors," said Chef Steve Corry. "Working with local fishermen, farmers and purveyors has always been a part of our foundation and will continue to be at 555 north."
BOCA BACCHANAL Welcomes Over 400
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Boca Raton, FL – May 24, 2022) The always popular BOCA BACCHANAL, an annual celebration of fine wine and food benefitting the Boca Raton Historical Society, welcomed more than 400 ticket buyers when it returned earlier this month for two delicious nights:
Saturday, May 7 – The Grand Tasting at The Boca Raton
At this event, held at the legendary resort, 170 different wines from more than 40 first class wineries and distributors offered incredible samplings, as did numerous local eateries, including 10 Stations by The Boca Raton, Eat District Healthy Asian Bowl, Ganzo Sushi, KakaoZon Chocolate, Kapow Noodle Bar, New York Grilled Cheese, The Poké Company, Prezzo, Proper Ice Cream, Ramen Lab Eatery, Seagate Hotel, and Sicilian Oven. The Grand Tasting was held in the Grand Ballroom in the Mizner Center at The Boca Raton, and included a silent auction of wine, dining, travel, and lifestyle packages.
“As always, BOCA BACCHANAL was a festive weekend that celebrates and enhances the appreciation of wine and food, while bringing together world class chefs and vintners, offering their finest specialties, while providing the entire community with a delightful opportunity to support the heritage education programs of The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum and the Boca Raton Historical Society,” says Mary Csar, Executive Director.
Sponsors for BOCA BACCHANAL 2022 included The Boca Raton, Republic National Distributing Company, Boca Magazine, Crown Wine & Spirits, Alina Residences, Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), JM Lexus, Privaira, PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES, the Addison, Marta and Jim Batmasian, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Diamonds Direct, Atlas Rentals, LivingFLA.com, the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County, Discover the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, and The City of Boca Raton.
(PRESS RELEASE)_BOCA RATON, FL May 24, 2022 – Corvina Seafood Grill is kicking off the summer with nightly weekday specials and extended happy hours, Sunday-Thursday, beginning June 6. The restaurant will also open on Mondays starting June 6.
The weekly specials are:
· Sunday Sipping: Half-price bottles of wine (for wines under $100) with an entrée, along with Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m.
· Martini Monday: Half-price martinis when dining at the restaurant and Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m.
· Taco Tuesday: $9 fish tacos and $5 margaritas all night and Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m.
· Hump Day Wednesday: Late night happy hour 4-9 p.m., $6 cocktails, $6 wine
· Half Price Oyster Night Thursday: Half-price oysters by the half dozen, along with Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m.
Happy Hour will continue to be served on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour is served in the expansive indoor/outdoor bar and offers a unique “9 for $9” menu with nine items for $9 each.
Pups4Patriots Offers Help to Vets
(PRESS RELEASE)_PALM BEACH/BREVARD COUNTY, FL – May is National Military Appreciation Month, a time when Americans everywhere pay tribute to the dedicated service members who take a sacred oath to protect and serve our country. However, for many veterans, the return home from war can be yet another daunting battle as they nurse wounds that might not be visible on the surface. Tragically, 184 veterans a day are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, and 20 take their own lives as a result.
South Florida nonprofit, American Humane aims to help these heroes with its Pups4Patriots program, which finds dogs in need of forever homes and trains them to become service dogs for veterans across the country at absolutely no cost to the veterans themselves.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Boca Raton, FL – May 19, 2022) The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum (SBRHM) is celebrating its first half-century with a new temporary exhibition and another Town Hall Tea Time in in its newly remodeled space in historic Town Hall at 71 N. Federal Highway (33432). For more information, please call 561.395.6766 or visit www.BocaHistory.org.
Town Hall Tea Time
Wednesday, June 1 at 2 pm
Where Were You in ’72?
Fashions of the 1970s
From hippie wear to disco, this program will feature a fashion show and designs by the students from THOS Fashion School in Boca Raton. This is the perfect opportunity to look back at the way we were—50 years ago!—while supporting talented designers of the future, who will share their new creations inspired by fashion trends of the 70s. Presented by Letty Sanchez, THOS Fashion School students, and Olivia Hollaus, Founder and Creative Director of Protect My Shoes, a brand focused on creating stylish, sustainable, and effective shoe care products, and former Style Contributor to Boca Magazine.
The cost to attend is FREE for members of the Boca Raton Historical Society, and $10 for nonmembers. To RSVP, please email email@example.com or call 561.395.6766, ext. 100.
History-minded and fashion-savvy attendees can also visit the Museum’s new temporary exhibition:
Fifty Years of Collecting
Running through December 2022
Featuring artifacts and memorabilia that represent the wide range of items that make up the ever-growing historical collections of The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum, the new temporary exhibition includes everything from Floy Mitchell’s flapper dress to a circa 2000 Votomatic voting machine. These items show the breadth of the Boca Raton Historical Society’s collections acquired over the past half-century and tell a story about how Boca Raton has grown and changed since its establishment as a farming village in the 1890s.
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