City events were pretty sparse as the year wound down. Most of us celebrated with friends and family. If you monitor Facebook, it appeared the two most popular venues on New Year’s Eve were the BB&T Arena to see Billy Joel or the Boca Raton Resort where, from all accounts, the place was hopping!
The morning after the night before is not generally the time to think about yoga. But thanks to Leslie and Andy Glickman thousands of residents flocked to Mizner Park Amphitheatre to be a part of “Something Big.” Four years ago they set out to create the biggest free community yoga class in South Florida. With over 2,500 community members in attendance, it is clear the inspiration has become a reality. The epic assembly brought together Glickman, an acknowledged yoga instructor, and international recording artist, DJ Derez, with the mission of helping people start the new year connected with a healthy dose of love and inspiration – practicing yoga to live music and enjoying the opportunity to be grateful- embracing with hope and excitement the possibilities for the year ahead – and best of all — it was totally free! If you missed Something Big 2018 mark your calendar for Tuesday January 1st 2019 when Something Big will celebrate it’s 5th Anniversary!
On Wednesday it was media day at Broken Sound Country Club’s Old Course for the upcoming Boca Raton Championship (formerly the Allianz Championship). Since 2007 the Championship at Broken Sound’s Old Course has been one of South Florida’s favorite events. Internationally televised, the tournament attracts the top PGA Tour Champions players who compete to win a purse of 1.75 million. This year the Championship event begins on February 5th with the Christine E Lynn Women’s Pro-Am (Afternoon Shotgun) followed that evening by the Pro-Am draw party, sponsored by Celebrity Cruise lines. Championship Play comes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Defending Champion, Scott McCarron, was in attendance and is hoping to repeat his victory which last year put a check for over $260,000 in his pocket. The Boca Raton Championship helps to raise money for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, as well as many other local charities.
The municipal elections are just over two months off. The qualifying period for candidates seeking to serve is now open for seats C and D. Incumbents Rodgers and Weinroth have drawn opponents thus making it important for all eligible city residents to register to vote if they will be 18 on or before election day (March 13th). Voting by Mail is a convenient way to exercise your franchise. Securing a Vote by Mail ballot is as easy as going online to the Supervisor of Elections website at: www.pbcelections.org/items.aspx?id=28
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 two nights (Saturday Jan 6th and Sunday Jan 7th) at 8PM.
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.
Join the International Business Alliance on Tuesday, January 9th from 5:30 to 7:30PM for an evening of networking, sponsored by First Citizens Bank and hosted by Lynn University. The University is hosting the International Business Alliance’s Outstanding 5th year of Success! Every month, they offer dynamic facilitators educating members of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce on how to connect and grow their businesses in the new Global Economy.
Join the Boca Raton Police Foundation on Friday January 12th for “Call for Back Up.” Join your neighbors as Marc and Jennifer Bell open their beautiful home 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.
Also on January 12th, Imagine: The Life and Song of John Lennon will be presented at The Mizner Cultural Center at 7:30PM. John Lennon, a troubled musical prodigy from working class Liverpool, England, rode the dizzying ascension of The Beatles to international stardom, and became one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of the 20th-century. In this dynamic examination of the life of a rock star rebel-turned-revolutionary, Lennon’s personal and professional journey is recounted in narration with slides, and his songs performed live in rich harmony by Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen, who sing professionally as the PinkSlip Duo. The music is integrated into the narrative, with lyrics projected on a screen for audience sing-along.
On Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the daylong celebration will include:
7:30 – 9:30AM | Ebenezer Baptist Church 200 NE 12th St
Free Community Breakfast, courtesy of Developing Interracial Social Change (DISC)
9:30 – 11AM | MLK Jr. Memorial 200 NE 12th St
Take part in a ceremony honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King, featuring City officials, inspirational speeches and musical performances.
11AM | Along Federal Hwy
March from the MLK Jr. Memorial to Sanborn Square, led by the Boca Raton HS Band and other local groups
11:30 – 3PM | Sanborn Square 72 N Federal Hwy
Celebrate with music, family activities, face painting, rides, and vendors! All events are free with the exclusion of food and beverages.
Also on January 15th, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, along with the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, invite the entire Boca Raton community to a day of giving back! Whether it’s preparing food for the hungry, wrapping gifts for children, or participating in an environmental project, Federation invites you to participate in CommUNITY in Action! Volunteer opportunities will take place throughout the day and vary by location, time and type of activity. Open to all ages.
Volunteer opportunities from 8:30AM – 8PM. Registration is $18 per family (includes free T-shirt while supplies last). For more information, contact Marissa Vinograd at 561.852.3163 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Salul Blinkoff will be speaking at the JEC of South Florida (500 NE Spanish River Blvd) on January 15th at 8pm. He began his career as an animator for the WALT DISNEY STUDIOS working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, & Tarzan. He made his directorial debut with the hip action-adventure series Spy Groove for MTV.
Shortly thereafter, he re-joined DISNEY, directing the films Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo & Kronk’s New Groove- starring Eartha Kitt & David Spade. Saul also consulted in development on the DISNEY films: Tinkerbell, Fox and The Hound II, Brother Bear II, Cinderella III, and Dumbo II. Saul was a director on the hit DISNEY show Doc McStuffins and directed The Numberlys, a pre-school show for AMAZON with MOONBOT STUDIOS. Saul was a consulting producer on The Stinky & Dirty Show for AMAZON and directed Dreamtopia; a re-imagined Barbie movie for MATTEL premiering on NICKELODEON. For “My Disney Tale & Jewish Journey” on January 15, RSVP at
https://www.jecsouthflorida.org/programs/special-events/ For the Animation Workshop on January 16, RSVP on the “Next Tab” after registration in completed for the January 15th session.
Join Small Business Professionals on January 16th for the first Small Business Exchange Event of the year! The program is sponsored by FL-Accounting & Advisers From a three-part Marketing Series: Part 1 – Topic: Do You Have a Marketing Plan? Speaker: Tara Auclair, Senior Marketing Communications Manager Modernizing Medicine Limited space available. Register Now! https://bocaratonflcoc.wliinc17.com/events/Small-Business-Exchange-
Boca Raton Championship helps to raise money for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, as well as many other local charities. The Boca Raton Championship Volunteer Chair is Angelo Sands. To host this event we will need hundreds of volunteers and he is asking for your help by getting the word out to volunteer organizations. For additional innovation, questions or to volunteer, contact Angelo at 561.756.3347.
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.
HotWorks.org will present the 9th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show™ on January 27 & 28, 2018 in downtown Boca Raton. (Saturday & Sunday) 10AM-5PM at Sanborn Square Park on East Boca Raton Road and NE 1st Ave. The affected street s will close at 3pm Friday January 26th and re-open on or before 10PM Sunday January 28th Downtown Boca Raton is the perfect lvenue for a beautiful art show, featuring an exclusive collection of high-quality, original, and refreshingly unique artwork created by a wide range of exceptional students.