A city is more than roads, buildings and infrastructure. What sets the City of Boca Raton apart is the people who make this city work. Without public safety our beautiful amenities would be meaningless. On Friday, February 9th, the Boca Raton Police Services Department honored two of its own as the 2017 Officer of the Year, Ian Stubblefield, and our 2017 Civilian Employee of the Year, Crystal Conway-Rogers. As Chief Alexander noted, we are fortunate to employ the finest people committed to providing the finest service to our community. Congratulations on this recognition and thank you for your dedication to protecting our community.
The Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival was held this past weekend. The ticketed event was a unique blending of food, music and visual entertainment offering a potpourri of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by our city’s top restaurants combined with outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicians.
The 8th Annual emb(race)® was, again, held on the Boca Raton Campus of Florida Atlantic University last weekend. It was great to see our community embrace the mission of Lisa and Shawn Friedkin. emb(race)® brings together people with and without disabilities for a morning of racing, walking and fun. emb(race)® is an opportunity for friends, family and neighbors to come together and learn side by side about diversity in our community. The event featured a 5K and one-mile family walk and included people of all ages and abilities. There were also games for children, live music, food, prizes and, of course, awards! Proceeds from emb(race® benefited Stand Among Friends’ programs and services supporting individuals with disabilities.
The members of Congregation B’nai Israel are dedicated to performing acts of mitzvot (good deeds). For over 20 years, members have come together to make a difference in the community on Lori Sklar Mitzvah Day. This year, Mitzvah Day was held on February 11th and honored the work of Lori Sklar, who was a synagogue member who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007. Mitzvah Day offers a unique opportunity to find a cause each person is passionate about, change lives, and make new friends.
Even as well as he was playing, Mark Calcavecchia couldn’t be sure he wouldn’t “literally fall apart” as he attempted to win a tournament for the first time in nearly three years. It wasn’t his game he was concerned about failing him as much as his troublesome back. As it turned out, Calcavecchia’s back was fine. His game was shaky down the stretch but held up well enough for a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the Boca Raton Championship at Broken Sound. Calcavecchia held off a persistent charge from Bernhard Langer by two shots with a 70 in the final round on the Old Course to finish at 16-under par for 54 holes. Langer, a Boca Raton resident and reigning PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year, pulled even briefly before uncharacteristically bogeying the final two holes.
Boca Raton boaters are invited to weigh in on the possibility of moving the city’s boat ramps. The city’s only boat ramps now are in Silver Palm Park downtown. The city is looking at whether it needs boat ramps there, as well as at James A. Rutherford Park, which is on Lake Wyman. The city wants to hear from the public at 6PM February 26th at the downtown Boca Raton Public Library as part of plans for overhauling Rutherford Park and neighboring Lake Wyman Park. The city especially wants to hear from boaters within the city. Motorized boat launch ramps, floating docks, areas for ramps and trailers and a boat wash-down are among the plans proposed last month for Rutherford Park. The project also calls for re-dredging the overgrown canoe and kayak trails among other upgrades like a new boardwalk. Day docks and a water taxi drop-off will also be discussed at the session.
On Monday, I Am Hillel, “you had me at Hillel” dinner reception at B’nai Torah Congregation – Boca Raton, honored Congressman Ted Deutch with special recognition for Gary Lesser. It was a wonderful to night to renew friendships as almost 400 supporters of the mission of The Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach came to support two pillars of our community and an essential element of Jewish life for many South Florida college students at the Levine Weinberger Jewish Life Center located at FAU and The Commons at Nova Southeastern University. The Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach serves as the focal point for Jewish life at Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Palm Beach State College. With more than 8,000 Jewish students on the campuses they serve, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach offers a pluralistic and inclusive community that offers social and networking events, community service projects, travel experiences to Israel and beyond, Jewish learning opportunities, free Shabbat dinners, a place to celebrate and observe holidays, and mentoring programs that integrate the Hillel with the community.
Celebration 50:18 marked the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and Boca Beach Chabad’s “Chai Year,” or 18th Anniversary, locally. Celebration 50:18 featured a concert by international Jewish music superstar Avraham Fried at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Tuesday. Fried has performed to sellout crowds at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Wembley Hall and Tel Aviv’s Heichal Hatarbut. A special presentation was made to IDF soldiers who served during the Six Day War and family members of fallen soldiers.
This year’s Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) annual Reflections of Hope Luncheon was a spectacular event. They welcomed keynote speaker Ricki Lake. Lake is an Emmy Award-winning TV host, actress, author, and producer. This year’s theme was “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health.”
The Cowboy Ball 2018 will be held at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday February 17th. Enjoy culinary delights from multiple restaurants, whiskey tasting, the Saloon will be open all night with lots of dancing and entertainment.
The Original Florida Follies a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping children-in-need presents their 2018 show: \”AGE IS JUST A NUMBER\”. Performances continue on Sunday February 18th & 25th, at 2PM at Olympic Heights Theater. This Broadway style revue features precision dance, singer Don Stansfield and DooWop group The Paradons. Performers include retired show-business veterans aged 60-94 years young, including former Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Broadway dancers, Showgirls and more! Call for tickets: 954-445-4232
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, February 18th at 3PM. With richness in substance and diverse in format, the celebration is created to promote the great Chinese culture and arts to the people of Chinese and other heritages and extend the influence and deepen community involvement of Chinese Americans. There will be a variety of fantastic performances. You should not miss them.
The 4th Annual Alzheimer’s Luncheon, will take place on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 11AM – 1:30M at Boca West Country Club, to benefit the Louis & Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Community Care. This will be the first event ever in South Florida that all three of these organizations will combine forces together, united to raise funds and awareness concerning dementia and Alzheimer’s in our community. This year’s Honorees will be Marilyn Weinberg (on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association); Mary Barnes (on behalf of Alzheimer’s Community Care); and Terry Fedele (on behalf of the Louis & Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center).
Over 1000 business, community and political leaders are expected to attend, network and support finding a cure for this horrific disease that affects so many South Florida residents. Dick Schmidt will be the Keynote Speaker. His time is filled with philanthropic endeavors, which he spearheads with his wife, Barbara, an international bestselling author, in her own right. Dick’s recent novel, Memory Road, is a thriller about a retired senior CIA agent suffering from Alzheimer’s evading the world’s leading intelligence agencies. The book targets the challenges of Alzheimer’s, focusing on one man’s journey to find home. Dick is also the author of The Boy and the Dolphin. Judy Herman, a former “Jeopardy” champion, and an avid puzzle and games enthusiast, will be hosting, setting cerebral challenges for the audience. In addition to teaching monthly classes at dozens of senior communities, Each table will work as a team during the Luncheon, to solve fun word games and logic puzzles, with lots of opportunities to network & win fantastic prizes at the same time!
The Festival of the Arts returns to Mizner Park Amphitheater for its 11th season on Friday February 23rd at 7:30PM with Grammy Award winning American soprano Kathleen Battle. Itzhak Perlman returns to the amphitheatre stage on Saturday February 24th at 8PM. Perlman is the reigning virtuoso of the violin. On Sunday February 23rd the Festival presents Grupo Company Segundo, an iconic band from Havana Cuba. The show begins at 7PM Don’t miss Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & friends present an evening of music, poetry and prose on Friday March 2rd at 7:30PM. The Festival of the Arts concludes on Sunday March 4th with a special presentation of ET the Extra-Terrestrial. As in years past, the film will be accompanied by The Symphonia Boca Raton & Constatine Kitsopoulos, conductor. The movie presentation begins at 6PM. Tickets to the Festival of the Arts Boca (designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton) are available for these events (and others) at www.FestivalOfTheArtsBoca.org or through the box office at 866.571.2787
Join Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for our Sea Turtle Day on February 24th as they celebrate sea turtles! This fun-filled family day of environmental education will be packed with exciting things to see and do, including presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided boardwalk tours, kid’s crafts, awesome booths, and more!