Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. ‘Tis the season when our friends and relatives from the north find their way south to enjoy our piece of paradise. The cool breezy weather has been a welcome break from our normal balmy breezes. With the windows open and the air conditioners turned off, electric consumption should be markedly reduced.
Last Wednesday over 2,000 residents filled the Kaye Auditorium at FAU in support of Torah Academy Of Boca Raton as it presented its 4th Annual Chanukah Concert (albeit 1 day after the Festival of Lights ended). The enthusiastic audience came to enjoy the music of international recording artist, Yaacov Shwekey, accompanied by the Torah Academy Boys Choir.
Also on Wednesday night, the Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach held a “pot-luck” holiday party, hosted by Lisa Jensen at First National Bank Coastal Community.
On Friday night the City of Boca Raton presented The Polar Express movie and lots of family friendly activities under the stars at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre.
From the traffic in and around Town Center, Boca Center and Downtown Boca Raton, it was abundantly clear that mortar and brick retailers were having a record season. On Christmas Day, with retailers savoring a chance to shut off the lights and send their employees home to celebrate, Town Center was the site of a “Give Back Christmas Feast.” Nothing says Christmas more than giving back.
For the second year, Sal Saldana, Sean Carroll and a lots of volunteers came to the Town Center Mall, in partnership with Boca Helping Hands, to serve dinner and distribute presents to make the holiday extra special for families who might otherwise be unable to celebrate the season. What a wonderful outpouring of kindness and love as families were served a sumptuous.
More than 300 clients assisted by South Florida’s social service agencies relished a meal prepared by chefs from Boca Raton restaurants. Enthusiastic servers, including volunteers from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Helping Hands and local The Rotary Club of Boca Raton, distributed heaping portions of stews, casseroles, turkey and vegetables to each table. Diners ate on white linen tablecloths and trendy white and glass china while strolling carolers sang holiday songs. Fresh flowers decorated every table. Saldaña, the mall’s general manager, said his staff thought up the idea for the feast as they brainstormed ways to get more involved in the community.
Of course, the day after Christmas (Boxing Day for you Canadians) saw the swarms of shoppers descend upon the retailers for the inevitable returns and exchanges. News reports confirmed the retailers had a record-breaking year (in tandem with the billions of dollars in online shopping).
Coming up on Saturday night (Dec 30th) Avery Sommers kicks off The Great American Songbook Series at the Mizner Park Cultural Center with Sentimental Reasons., Sommers has created a brand-new show, featuring some of her favorite songs, as she takes her audience down Memory Lane with such sentimental hits as “Unforgettable,” “Blue Skies,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “I Will Survive,” and many more!
Ring in the New Year at The Wick Theater with seven-time Emmy Award-winning Actor Hal Linden as he takes the stage in Barney & Me, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look inside the life and career of this incredible performer. Backed by a live orchestra, the show has everything from Broadway Classics to Dixieland with some serious Swing mixed in. The Wick will present two New Year’s Eve shows at 5PM and a New Year Gala at 10PM. The Gala includes Champagne, lite bites, Hats and Horns, Balloon Drop, a Gorgeous Dessert Bar after the Show and reception with Mr. Linden. Doors Open at 8:30PM.
For those who are not sleeping in on New Year’s Day, the biggest free yoga class in South Florida will again grace the lawn of the Mizner Park Amphitheatre. Join Leslie Glickman, the Yoga Journey team and an amazing group of teachers from all over South Florida. Connect with friends, family, and other like-minded people in creating something truly special, SOMETHING BIG for all levels and all ages. Come feel the vibration of thousands of people practicing yoga together. Check in begins at 10AM. Yoga with Leslie begins at 11AM with live music offered by DJ Drez and Marti Nikko throughout the morning. There will be a Community Marketplace filled with products from our conscious vendors. According to Glickman, this is Yoga Journey’s way of giving back and celebrating our vibrant So Flo yoga community!
Give Your Tree a “Second Chance” – Recycle!: The City of Boca Raton will be conducting a holiday tree recycling program through January 21st. Residents can drop off their “clean” holiday trees at 751 Banyan Trail located adjacent to Mizner Bark Dog Park. The City’s Recreation Services Department will pick up the trees and will chip them into mulch. The recycled tress are converted into mulch that is spread on the pathways of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s butterfly garden. For additional information please call 561-393-7810.
BocaLead (Lunch with a Purpose), led by Pastor Bill Mitchell, returns on Thursday January 4th. The mission of BocaLead is to Inspire Mentor and Lead our business leaders. Lunch is served at 11:45AM at the Boca Raton Community Church (470 NW 4th Ave Boca Raton FL 33432). For more information or to make your reservation, visit www.BocaLead.com.
Shakespeare Miami brings Hamlet to Mizner Park Amphitheater for its sophomore performance. Great for all ages and cultures this weekend long run of free performances tells the story of Hamlet starting in the royal court of Denmark; a place of political maneuvering, spies and deceit, and moves through a tale about ghosts, love, betrayal, revenge and death by the sword. Be sure to pack a blanket and chairs for this dreamy night of theatre under the stars. It’s at Mizner Park Amphitheater for three nights (Friday Jan 5th, Saturday Jan 6th and Sunday Jan 7th) at 8PM.
Join the Boca Raton Police Foundation on January 12 for “Call for Back Up.” Join your neighbors as Marc and Jennifer Bell open their beautiful hoe for an evening of delicious hors d’ouevres, cocktails, entertainment, demonstrations of police equipment, vehicles & K9’s as well as live and silent auctions to raise funds for training, equipment and technology to enhance the safety of our community and effectiveness of our police department. For sponsorship information and any other questions, please contact Debbie at 561.988.1711. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Don’t miss out.
This January, it’s Time To TAKE 5 For You™. Conceived and presented by Boca Raton’s Promise in collaboration with a diverse group of community organizations and professional personal coaches, the interactive program is designed to kick-start personal balance, growth and hope in the new year through a robust blend of art, music, comedy, literature, theater, mind / body / soul balance and enlightenment, TAKE 5 For You™ will deliver 11 empowering opportunities to help energize you to hit your “personal reboot” button for more self-discovery, fulfillment and enjoyment in 2018. Whether you are seeking reflection, renewal and reconnection or a bit of entertainment, laughter and fun with family and friends…you will find it when you TAKE 5 For You™. For the full program guide and registration information visit: BocaRatonsPromise.org/Take5ForYou
The Boca Raton Public Library presents Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (R, 123 min) as part of its Foreign Film Series at the Downtown Library on Tuesday January 9, 6:30-9PM. The spring foreign film series focuses on the vast and diverse works of Asian filmmakers.
The Junior League of Boca Raton invites you to their non-profit training on Tuesday January 9th 2018 at 10AM at their offices located at 261 NW 13th St Boca Raton FL 33432. How many Great Leaders have you had the opportunity to work with in your life? If you’re like most of us, sadly the answer is “not that many.” There are some common attributes and characteristics that differentiate good from great leadership. The program will discuss 4 pillars that define great leadership: demonstrate emotional intelligence; build great teams; develop other great leaders; Produce great results. Come prepared to share stories and discuss attributes, and see how you match up against these characteristics.
Mark your calendar for the 31st Annual Town Center at Boca Raton Boca Fest, Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th 10AM – 5PM. This is a free outdoor art show.