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2021 is fast approaching.
Post-Election Zoom Discussion Slated
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – December 28, 2020) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) is inviting people to a FREE Zoom discussion next month that will be a follow-up to a previous event on October 21 (“Election Campaign Ads & Polls”).
Wednesday, January 27 at Noon
“Hot Topic Discussion”
Guest Speaker: Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University
+ Background: Dr. Wagner’s research areas include media and politics, American political thought, and understanding political change in democratic systems including the shifts caused by technology and the Internet. He has been cited in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, been featured as a political analyst on national television, and is currently completing a book, Click and Reboot: How the Internet is Revolutionizing American Politics.
+ How to Connect: For security purposes, advance registration is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4XbVu4HZTouAtpoqZylPLA. Following registration, an email will be sent with meeting details.
Mounts Garden Continues 'Dog Days'
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – December 22, 2020) Calling all canine fur-babies – and their people parents, too! Mounts Botanical Garden is continuing its “pup-ular” Dogs’ Day in the Garden on the second Sunday of each month from 9 am to 3 pm – January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, and May 9 (Mother’s Day).
This dog- and family-friendly monthly event will be held throughout the Garden, and regular admission applies: $10 (general); $5 (children 5-12), and free for members.
“Our guests really love being able to bring their dogs to the Garden for a relaxed stroll, which is why we decided to do this once per month,” says Rochelle Wolberg, Curator-Director at Mounts. "We have many great spots for photos and we encourage everyone to post online.”
Dogs’ Day Guidelines at Mounts
+ Non-retractable leashes only; retractable leashes are not permitted.
+ No more than one dog per adult will be admitted.
+ Rabies vaccination must be current.
+ Visitors should bring their own and water treats for the puppies.
+ For all Dogs' Day rules, please visit www.mounts.org/dogs-day.
Still available for viewing at Mounts Botanical Garden is the awesome and ecology-conscious exhibition Cutting Corners: A Stickwork Exhibition, a massive, willow sculpture located in the Great Lawn area.
WHAT: If your night on New Year’s Eve was filled with friends, fireworks, and a few too many drinks, it’s a good idea to add a morning-after plan to start off 2021. Kicks those dreadful hangovers to the curb Southern-style with brunch dishes and drinks to get the new year started! Guests can dig into dishes such as the Southern Crispy Chicken Breakfast made with Fried Chicken, Sunny Side Up Eggs, Sausage Gravy, Grits, and Pecanwood-Smoked Bacon, the Shrimp ‘n’ Grits made with jumbo Blackened Shrimp, White Cheddar & Jalapeno Grits, and Bacon Jus, or the S’mores Waffle made with Chocolate Waffle, House-Made Marshmallow, Chocolate Sauce Drizzle, and Burnt Orange Graham Crumble; there is something for everyone! If drinking the day before wasn’t enough for you, you can also enjoy bottomless mimosas, sangrias, and bellinis! Join Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap for the perfect antidote to your overindulgence starting from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
WHO: Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap is a modern casual dining restaurant & bar featuring a scratch-cooked, locally sourced new southern culinary menu and garden-to-glass cocktails. We’re all about cookin’ from scratch. That means we avoid frozen products, we don’t cut corners, and we only feature the freshest and best ingredients we can source. We use local products, sustainable crops, and fair trade ingredients. It may take us a little more time and a little more work, but we were taught nothin’ worthwhile comes easy, and creating the best possible meal for you is all that matters. We are proud to cater to every diet- don’t be afraid to ask our servers for vegan and gluten-free options! We focus on craft American-made spirits, new-world wines, and Florida micro-brewed beers. 100% of our bitters, tinctures, and syrups are made in house. We feature freshly squeezed & cold-pressed juices, make our sodas, use local fresh herbs, and even brandy our own domestic cherries. We believe all of our beverages should be made to the highest possible standard with the best possible ingredients and care, so each one of your drinks is something we’re proud to call ours.
WHEN: Friday, January 1st, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: 223 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Celebrate the Holidays at Lola 41
Christmas Day Dinner at Lola 41
$75/person | Dinner seating from 2pm-7:30pm (last seating is at 7:30)
Available for $75 per person, guests will enjoy a family style, three-course menu of traditional holiday favorites with a globally-inspired touch. Featured entrées include the Spiced Honey Ham with Pineapple Ponzu and a Peking Duck Breast with hoison L’orange. Guest will find a more elevated selection of traditional trimmings including sides like Truffled Potato Gratin and Creamed Pecorino Spinach. Finally for dessert, choose from a Gingerbread cake, Peppermint Gelato or a Bourbon Pecan Torte.
New Year’s Eve at Lola 41
$350/guest - pre-fixe menu with bottomless Veuve Clicquot
$200/guest - pre-fixe menu a la carte Veuve Clicquot
Say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year with a luxe evening at Lola 41. For $350 per guest, the globally-inspired bistro and sushi bar is featuring a five-course pre-fixe menu with bottomless Veuve Clicquot champagne. Alternatively, guests may choose the prix-fixe menu with champagne a la carte for $200 per guest.
The decadent menu celebrates cuisines along the 41st parallel starting with an Amuse of Loaded Toro with crispy shallot, uni, truffle, Japanese citrus finished with a gold flake. Moving on to the first and second courses, guests will delight in King Crab with yuzu butter, shiso oil, truffle caviar with micro herbs and a Sashimi platter of toro, salmon and yellow tail. The main course offers a choice of a Bone-in Short Rib and Diver Scallop and a Black Truffle Lobster Tagliatelle. Finally, guests will finish their meal with an indulgent, classic Chocolate Mousse dessert.
Lola 41 is located at 290 Sunset Avenue on the corner of Bradley Place in Palm Beach. For more information on Lola 41, visit www.lola41.com. _(PRESS RELEASE)
Ribbon Cutting at Journey Fitness
Left to right: Journey Fitness Studio Manager Christian Craig, Village of North Palm Beach Councilman Darryl Aubrey, Ivan Rosa with NPC Financial, Chamber Membership Services Coordinator Heather Young, Alton/Abacoa Publications' Wayne Canner, ActionCOACH's Laura Herlong, Journey 333 Fitness Franchisee Owner Lianne Deitch, LEAD+SUCCEED's Jimmy Glenos, Journey Fitness Founders Cyndy and Travis Barnes, Palm Beach North Chamber President and CEO Noel Martinez, and Journey 333 Fitness Coach Melissa Yakup.
RIBBON CUTTING_An official ribbon cutting was held on December 10, 2020 at Journey 333 Fitness, located in Crystal Cove Plaza at 1201 US-1 in North Palm Beach, to mark the first Florida franchisee’s official opening. Despite the pandemic, the studio is offering limited classes with extreme safety measures in place. In addition to limited class sizes, the studio is equipped with a Halo air purifying system that kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold and viruses, both airborne and on surfaces. Masks are required for all visitors and hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility. Members also have access to exclusive Journey Fitness virtual workouts. (--Press Release)
Kids Craft Kits at NPB Library
Christmas Eve at III Forks
(PRESS RELEASE)_PALM BEACH GARDENS – Celebrate the holidays and prepare for Santa's arrival at III Forks Prime Steakhouse in Palm Beach Gardens!
Available for dine-in or takeout, the celebrated steakhouse will present its regular menu on Christmas Eve from 5-8 p.m.
Executive chef Tommy Nevill's dinner highlights include magnificent starters (vegetarian spinach dip, $15; shrimp cocktail, $19; crab cake with Creole beurre blanc, $21), entrées (prime double cut pork chop, $36; 7 oz. ribeye cap, $52; Atlantic salmon with tarragon chimichurri, $37), and forget-the-diet desserts (coconut cream cake, $11; Bailey's chocolate cake, $9; bread pudding topped with warm bourbon pecan glaze, $9).
III Forks will be closed on Christmas Day.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse is located at 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, visit 3fork.com or call (561) 630-3660.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(Boca Raton, FL – December 14, 2020) Like everyone else, Mary Csar, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (BRHS&M) is ready for this challenging year to be over and for a bigger, brighter 2021 to arrive. Bigger and brighter applies not only to the new year, but to the brand new museum that BRHS&M has become over the last few months during a total, top-to-bottom, $3.9-million reimagination, redesign and renovation. The official reopening date will be announced in early 2021.
‘The historic Town Hall has been our home since the mid-1980s,” says Csar. “But, due to space limitations, our exhibitions have been temporary and largely two-dimensional. Not any longer. The dynamic redesign of the new Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will allow for both permanent and changing exhibitions that will appeal to families, students and research buffs of all ages—all under the concept of History Alive!”
“Expert exhibit designers Creative Art Unlimited of Pinellas Park, Florida, was engaged to design the space layout and create new interactive exhibits for the museum,” she adds. “The new exhibits will be immersive experiences that document the growth and development of Boca Raton from a small farming town to the sophisticated internationally known city it is today, and will incorporate many more artifacts and memorabilia, plus other valuable information.”
The new permanent galleries include:
+ Historic Timeline starting with the earliest Pre-Columbian inhabitants up to the 21st Century.
+ Pioneer Days focused on the local heritage of a small farming community.
+ Addison Mizner, featuring the museum’s important collection of Mizner Industries and architectural drawings and images of the great architect’s plans, which put the tiny town of Boca Raton on the map in the 1920s.
+ World War II, when the Boca Raton Army Airfield served as the Air Corps’ top secret radar training facility.
+ IBM, featuring an extraordinary collection of functioning vintage IBM PCs.
In addition, the Council Chamber will feature display areas and cabinetry for changing exhibits and will also function as the museum’s lecture hall. The redesigned Research Library will house the Society’s extensive archival collections and provide workstations for research patrons.
The Boca Historical Society & Museum is still raising funds for this ambitious renovation, and naming opportunities are still available. Anyone interested in helping to preserve and promote Boca Raton’s amazing history can do so by contacting Mary Csar directly at 561.395.6766 or email@example.com.
YMCA Hosts Thanksgiving Lunch
(PRESS RELEASE)_While the YMCA of the Palm Beaches' Thanksgiving celebration looked different this year, one thing looked very much the same...giving back to its community. The YMCA of the Palm Beaches in partnership with Wellington Hospitality and Dedicated Senior Medical Center recently hosted its annual "Home Away From Home" Thanksgiving lunch for 100 local seniors who otherwise would have been alone this holiday. The spatially-distant celebration, with extensive safety protocols in place included a boxed holiday meal with turkey and all the fixings.
Guests were greeted by Tim Coffield, CEO and President of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches and "The Y" team. "The Y" also celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its long-time members, Helen Muller, by hosting a drive-by celebration complete with a personalized banner, cake, balloons and traditional Thanksgiving meal.
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