(NORTH PALM NEWS)_The Village Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of fun holiday events lined up throughout December, so come out and experience some local seasonal joy with neighbors and friends. If you have any questions or comments about the events, please call (561) 841-3386.
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The acclaimed documentary film, "Chef Flynn," is coming to the Living Room Theater on the FAU campus in Boca Raton. The film, which opens Dec. 14, is about Flynn McGarry, "who transforms his living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. Achieving sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world."
Supported by his mother, Meg, he became known as the “Teen Chef" and was featured in a NY Times Magazine cover story at age 15. "Before he was 16, had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn’s rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream."
The Living Room Theater is just that -- combining the "ultimate urban living room, café and cinema ... Designed to entertain and welcome you anytime. From late lunch to conversations after the film with wine and truffles."
The Living Room Theater is located at 777 Glades Rd. in Boca Raton, and you can find out more at their website.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Brightline has announced the return of The Tasting Train for a special Art Basel edition. Taking place Friday, December 7, Brightline has partnered with Perrier Jouet and Absolute Elyx to bring riders an evening of champagne, specialty cocktails and nonstop entertainment. New to this edition of The Tasting Train is performances by Miami’s own Karla Croqueta, Charlie Chaplin, live contortionists and DJs all aboard the train. This immersive journey, perfect for lovers of art and luxury spirits, begins in West Palm Beach on board Brightline's 7 p.m. train, with Perrier Jouet sampling along the entire route to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
The Tasting Train experience continues with a visual feast upon arrival at Brightline Miami Central Station’s Select Lounge and the signature copper embellishments of Absolute Elyx set against incredible views of Biscayne Bay and the Downtown Miami skyline. This lively reception will feature live music, multiple tasting stations serving Perrier Jouet and signature Absolute Elyx cocktails; carefully selected cuisine options will be served as you enjoy the libations, all included with ticket purchase.
Guests can either return home to Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach in comfort via Brightline or choose to stay in Miami and experience all the city has to offer during Art Basel.
Tickets for The Tasting Train, which include the Perrier Jouet tasting on the train and Select Lounge Event are $200 and tickets to attend the Select Lounge event in Miami are $175. All tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here. The Tasting Train departs West Palm Beach at 7 p.m. and Fort Lauderdale at 7:39 p.m., arriving in Miami at 8:14 p.m. for the lounge experience. The return train departs at 9:43 p.m. from Miami Central.
Brightline will also be offering a 2018 Art Basel Pass, perfect for those who want to avoid the infamous Basel traffic coming from West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale area. The pass includes four round trip passes from any station between December 6 and 9 for $100 in Smart service and $250 for Select service. Passes can be purchased at https://offers.gobrightline.com/offer/art-basel-pass/
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Palm Beach County, FL – November 26, 2018) Palm Beach County will live up to its well-earned title as “Florida’s Cultural Capital” early next year with a trio of major festivals, all starting three days in a row.
Sunday, January 20 – the opening of the 29th annual Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival featuring dozens of award-winning movies from around the world.
Monday, January 21 – The start of the 15th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, featuring four Pulitzer Prize winners including Special Guest Poet Sharon Olds.
Tuesday, January 22 – Launch of the 24th annual FOTOfusion, hosted by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach, honoring Vincent Versace, the internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography
It's Boat Parade time! It happens this Saturday, and this year there is a change where you can view it. This from the Village of North Palm Beach:
"The Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is set for Saturday, December 1st. It starts at the north end of the Lake Worth lagoon at 6 p.m., heading up the Intracoastal Waterway under the Parker Bridge. Because of construction this year, the Village Country Club and golf course will be closed during the event, but the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County website has a list of other good places to view this It's popular local tradition: www.palmbeachboatparade.com/parade-map."
There is also this, which we posted earlier:
(NORTH PALM BEACH NEWS)_What's that camera on the golf course by the Parker Bridge? The Village welcomes the WPBF 25 News remote "Sky Camera," which extends up 20 feet to capture beautiful views of the golf course, the North Palm Beach Waterway, the bridge house and the Intracoastal Waterway to the east. It's temporary and is moved frequently to capture other scenic shots throughout WPBF's viewing area. Hopefully, they'll get a great view of the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 1, since construction has closed the grounds for public viewing this year.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Coconut Creek, Fla. – Grammy Award-winning Rick Springfield will perform his greatest hits in The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Friday, January 18, at 8 p.m.
Over the past four decades, Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. He’s the creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s and is a Grammy winning singer, songwriter and musician who has sold 25 million albums.
Springfield has scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”
He’s also an accomplished actor who has starred opposite actress Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective, earned great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer this season on the CW hit, Supernatural, and most recently played Pastor Charles on American Horror Story.
In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His latest album, “The Snake King,” finds Springfield exploring the bluesy side of rock ‘n roll, which marks a departure from the power pop that he has been known for.
Tickets (priced at $40/$50/$65) are on sale now via Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 653-8000. The Pavilion box office will also open at 1 p.m. on the day of the show for on-site ticket purchases and will call pickup.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is located at 5550 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek. For more information, call (954) 977-6700 or visit CasinoCoco.com.
FOOD FOR FINES FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
DECEMBER 1 - 15, 2018 -- Support our local food pantry and clear your account IF YOU have any outstanding fines. ANY OVERDUE ITEMS? ANY OUTSTANDING FINES? FOR CANNED OR NON-PERISHABLE FOOD...ONE ITEM'S FINE WILL BE FORGIVEN. The North Palm Beach Library is participating in this program.
If you have any questions, please call us at 561-841-3383.
(PRESS RELEASE)_The YMCA of the Palm Beaches will host its 10th Annual Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, December 11 at The Breakers Palm Beach. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and culminates at 9:15 a.m.
This year's featured speaker is NFL’s all-time leading rusher, three-time Super Bowl Champion, NFL Hall of Famer and Winner of Dancing with the Stars, Season 3, Emmitt Smith.
Smith was born and raised in Pensacola, Fla., and had dreams of playing for the Dallas Cowboys ever since he was a child. Even after being told more than once that he was too small for football, Smith proved his critics wrong and went on to play for the University of Florida, setting numerous records, many of which remain unbroken. In 1990, he was drafted by the Cowboys and went on to play 15 years in the NFL, setting even more records that, to this day, remain unsurpassed. In recent years, Smith transitioned to real estate development, owning and operating a portfolio of businesses in the commercial real estate development, construction and finance industries.
Honorary Chairs for the event are Dan and Denise Hanley, longtime supporters of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches.
The event is an annual sell-out and attracts more than 500 guests, including community leaders and residents, elected officials, educators, and influential representatives from area places of worship.
Individual VIP tickets are on sale for $500/ticket and include a Meet + Greet with Emmitt Smith prior to the breakfast, and general seating tickets are between $220-$300. For info, please call 561.968.9622, ext. 237 or email Peter Thate: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Fla. – November 16, 2018 –
Today Brightline, America's first new major private intercity passenger railroad in over a century, announced a new strategic partnership and trademark licensing agreement with the Virgin Group, one of the world's most recognizable brands in travel and hospitality. The partnership will allow Brightline to leverage Virgin's industry-leading expertise and customer experience to establish a powerful new brand, “Virgin Trains USA”.
Brightline launched service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in May, 2018. Brightline currently has plans to expand to Orlando and Tampa, and pending the closing of the previously announced XpressWest acquisition and receipt of necessary federal approvals, to begin railway construction next year to connect Las Vegas to Southern California.
“Our private sector-led effort to reinvent passenger rail service in America is taking another leap forward with the addition of the Virgin team,” said Wes Edens, chairman of Brightline and co-founder of Fortress Investment Group. “Virgin has built a respected and trusted brand in travel and hospitality. With our shared focus on customer experience, powered by a culture of innovation and disruption, we are well positioned to build on our success.”
Virgin Group has more than 60 companies focused on its core consumer sectors of travel and leisure, telecoms and media, music and entertainment, financial services and health and wellness.
“We have had a lot of fun and success creating innovative transport businesses that shake up markets and establish loyal followings. We transformed domestic air travel with Virgin America. Tens of millions of Americans travel on the railways every day, and we have tried for over a decade to find an opportunity to provide them with that same excellent service experience,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin. “Brightline is at the forefront of innovation in this market, and the ideal partner for Virgin to work with to alter perceptions and traveling habits across the United States.”
“This partnership further validates the incredible accomplishments of our team as we challenge conventional wisdom to reinvent train travel in America,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “Given our shared values and Virgin's track record, this partnership will help amplify our efforts and growth potential as we seek to expand to new markets.”
The partnership could help to provide access to millions of customers with the potential for increased ridership from other Virgin branded travel and hospitality businesses, including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Hotels and Virgin Voyages.
Virgin Group has significant experience operating in the UK rail sector, including its ongoing investment in Virgin Trains, a high speed intercity passenger rail system which it has run for 21 years. Last year passengers took more than 38 million trips on the UK's West Coast Main Line.
As part of the strategic partnership, an affiliate of Virgin Group has agreed, subject to certain closing conditions, to make a minority investment in Brightline. Funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC will retain majority ownership of Brightline. Brightline's current management team will oversee daily operations, engineering, business development and strategy. Brightline will rename itself Virgin Trains USA this month and transition to Virgin Trains USA branding in 2019.
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