The week began with BocaLead. Each month over 300 of your neighbors enjoy a casual lunch and take away a few principles of ethical business relationships to help our professional life grow. Pastor Bill Mitchell, a businessman for 25 years, teaches what it takes to be a great leader. If you have never been to one of these lunches, consider making your reservation, NOW, for the next lunch, which will be held on December 7th at Noon. To view a sample of these thought provoking sessions, go to:

That evening the Festival of the Arts held a sponsors reception at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club to unveil their lineup for the spring. It’s going to be another great opportunity for our residents to see an eclectic selection of offerings from a February 23rd – March 4th 2018. Yitzhak Perlman, Bill Murray, Kathleen Battle and many more. Go to: to see what’s planned and to secure your seats.

The City of Boca Raton, FL Government hosted its Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting event at the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District’s Patch Reef Park/JARCC on November 3rd. Students from Grandview Preparatory School helped to plant 15 slash pines on the grounds of the Park. The species of trees planted each year are chosen based upon what is found at the park naturally, how much space is available for the mature canopy, and the end result of how we envision the park in the future.

Boca Raton was selected as a Tree City in 2016 for the 37th consecutive year, and Mayor Haynie accepted the Tree City USA award from Scott Peterich, representing the Everglades District for the Florida Forest Service on behalf of the Forest Service and the National Arbor Day Association. In order to qualify for a Tree City designation, the City must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with a minimum annual budget, and have an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Making a difference for families – providing a hand up (not a handout). Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County undertook it’s first annual CEO Build on November 3rd and 4th – answering one family’s dream of living in a new home that they, along with many volunteers, constructed. Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County invited Palm Beach County C-Suite and senior executives to climb a “corporate ladder of a different kind” during its 2017 CEO Build. Rather than building companies, business leaders, owners and entrepreneurs joined together to build a new Habitat home, creating tremendous impact on the community and breaking the poverty cycle for a hard-working family.

It’s past time for the community to take notice and get on board the “Lane Train.” In what essentially served as C-USA’s East Division championship game, Devin Singletary and the FAU Owls clinched bowl eligibility with a 30-25 win over the Marshall Thundering Herd football Friday night at FAU Stadium. The victory was the first for the Owls after losing their first four meetings against the Thundering Herd. It would be great to see the stadium filled when the Owls host FIU on Saturday November 18th. The game is scheduled to start at 7PM.

Speaking of FAU, the Caring Hearts Auxiliary of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center within the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing hosted the 12th annual “Keep Memories Alive — Walking with the Stars Affair” at the Town Center at Boca Raton on Sunday. Funds raised from the walk support the Center’s state-of-the art, evidence-based programs and services vital to patients and families living with memory disorders.

The Levis JCC and the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival are proud to present year-round events such as the highly-acclaimed film ‘Jungle,’ starring Daniel Radcliffe, the English actor best known for his role as Harry Potter.  ‘Jungle’ is based on the true story and life of Israeli explorer Yossi Ghinsberg.  An exclusive Palm Beach County preview and special speaking engagement by Yossi Ghinsberg will be held on Monday, November 20 at 7PM on the Federation campus in Zinman Hall.

On Tuesday, the Museum of Art invited its benefactors and the general public to view the new season’s offerings.

On Wednesday the City of Boca Raton recognized a group of our residents and Lynn University as the Boca Raton Museum & Historical Society held its 21st Annual Walk of Recognition at The Addison. The celebration recognized individuals who have served in the interest of the community and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Boca Raton. Event Chairs were Marta Batmasian and WVOY winner, Joyce DeVita. The 2017 Inductees were Lynn University – Institution; Morgan Pressel Bush; Dr. Joseph (Jody) Forstot; and James A. Rutherford – Wall of Honor

Coming up:

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s 7th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge will be held on November 11th. It promises to be unlike any traditional networking or 5K event! This is a one‐of‐a‐kind Olympic‐style co‐ed team‐building, opponent‐ taunting, skills‐flaunting event that promotes health and wellness in the workplace for local companies and organizations. Competition/Event starts at 8AM at the Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton and includes a variety of challenges such as: relay races, obstacle courses, a twist on volleyball, rock wall challenge, waste paper basketball, gaga ball, charades, the infamous, tug of war and so much more!

Join the Junior League on November 11th at 5:30PM for their first annual tree lighting and holiday celebration at Boca Center. Enjoy holiday performances by local choirs, Christmas carolers, photos with Santa and other festive surprises for holiday fun with the whole family. General Admission – a new, unwrapped toy for Spirit of Giving Reserved Seating $25 and VIP Seating $50.

In recognition of Veterans Day and in remembrance of all military personnel in service to the United States, the City of Boca Raton will host a Veterans Day Observance “Honoring All Who Served” on Saturday, November 11 with two special events FREE and open to the public. A special tribute is planned at 9AM at the Boca Raton Cemetery (449 SW 4th Ave) with various veterans groups, City officials, music by the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders and the Boca Raton Community High School Band; drills by Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC; and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards. A special concert, “An American Tribute,” will be presented by the Florida Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Kyle Prescott at 7PM at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

New this year, the City of Boca Raton is teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local non-profit, in implementing two new initiatives at the events. Two new stations will include an area where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and another where goods and/or funds may be donated to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers.

Needed items include travel-size toiletries such as baby wipes, bar soap, baby/foot powder, dental floss, disposable razors, hand sanitizer, lip balm, mouthwash, Q-tips, tampons, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes and shave cream packets. Food items include crackers; trail mix, hot chocolate, foil tuna packets, packaged drink mixes, oatmeal/grit packages, ramen noodles, and snack/breakfast bars. Other items needed include insect repellent wipes, storage bags (gallon and snack sizes) and Scotch tape refills.

Blankets and chairs are welcome at this free event, and chairs will also be available to rent. There is limited, free parking for Veterans in the lot adjacent to the amphitheater. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside the venue. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages permitted. The event is rain or shine.

“Saddle Up” for Caregiving Youth! Dine and Dance in your (optional) Western Wear. The Saloon Opens at 6PM on November 11th. For additional information, go to: or call 561.391.7401

Gregory Fried is the honorary co-chair along with his wife, Mary Ann Morgan-Fried, for Connected Warrior’s Veterans’ Day Gala (November 11th) at the Marriott Boca Raton. Barbara Schmidt, whose Peaceful Mind/Peaceful Life program is already connected with the program, will be the keynote speaker.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Sunday November 12th. The annual walk is held in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. The Boca Raton Walk is held at Mizner Park. The Alzheimer Association invites you to create a team or sign up as an individual walker at

On Monday it’s back to work for the City Council when it meets at 1:30PM as the CRA to address its agenda. Immediately after the CRA meeting, the CRA Commissioners shed their alter-egos and revert to Mayor and City Council Members. The City Council Workshop is an opportunity for the Council members to meet and discuss matters but no votes are taken.

On Tuesday night at 6PM, the City Council will hold its regular meeting. Agendas for all of these meetings are available on the City of Boca Raton website at: www.MyBoca.US

The Junior League of Boca Raton will be holding Non-Profit Training:  Leadership to Influence Decision Markers on November 14th from 10AM until Noon.  If your nonprofit wants to broaden awareness of your work, the secret sauce is to become a “thought leader” in your industry. By priming your field experts and executive leaders as champions of your cause, thought leadership is an effective way for your organization to build support for your ideas and programs and influence the communities you need to reach in Palm Beach County and beyond – including decision makers, policy makers and the media, as well as donors and supporters. Nonprofit storytelling expert Leon Fooksman will train you in this hour-long workshop on harnessing the power of thought leadership to inspire and move your supporters to action. Due to materials prepared in advance: please email to cancel a reservation 24 hours prior to the workshop.

More events to plan for:

On November 15th the College of Business and Management at Lynn University will host the International Business and Entrepreneurship Symposium. The IB&E Symposium will take businesses to the next level with this one-day; on-campus forum featuring nationally recognized speakers, panelists and innovators. Guests will hear from over 20 speakers.

Also on November 15th the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will kickoff the new season! Enjoy unlimited cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and live music by the Turnstiles, A Billy Joel Tribute Band. For more information, contact Francesca Lewis at 561.852.6058 or email

On November 17th you’re invited to raise a glass at the 4th Unicorn Foundation Annual Celebrity Bartender’s Battle for the awareness of Neurodiversity. These are children and young adults who think, learn and communicate differently.  Who will win the coveted trophy? $10 Donation = 1 Vote for your favorite team! Tickets: $30 in Advance or $40 at the Door