What’s so special about that pumpkin?

Happy National Pumpkin Day! Need ideas on how to celebrate this national day? We have some for you!

First off, maybe you should eat some. Seriously. Pumpkin is super good for you. It’s full of fiber, and fiber is good for you heart. That’s a win. It’s also good for your eyes, thanks to all the Vitamin A. But there’s more: Pumpkin also promotes weight loss and can help you sleep better.

Related: Best Halloween festivals, parties in town

Oh, but before you go gettin’ all Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte crazy, know this: All that high-calorie, high sugar processed pumpkin is not where the good stuff is at. It’s best you roast, steam or even mash the veggie to reap the benefits.

Not into eating it? Try your hand at carving instead. Visit one of these fun pumpkin patches to pick out your favorite to carve or for fall decorating: Best Pumpkin Patches of Palm Beach County

Kylee Wells (left), age 3-1/2, gets some help from Tanner Luna, also 3-1/2, as she sizes up the pumpkins at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach Monday, October 10, 2016. Good Shepherd's pumpkins came in Saturday from New Mexico, where they are grown by the Navajo Nation without pesticides or GMOs. The pumpkin patch is open 9am-9pm Monday through Saturday, 1pm-9pm Sundays, through October 30. The church has storytellers on site weekdays 9am-noon, as well as a photo booth and bean bag toss. Proceeds from the pumpkin sales will be used for Good Shepherd's youth mission trips; they hope to go to one of the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew next summer. Kylee and Tanner are in the church's Shepherd Care preschool. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Kylee Wells (left), age 3-1/2, gets some help from Tanner Luna, also 3-1/2, as she sizes up the pumpkins at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach Monday, October 10, 2016. Good Shepherd’s pumpkins came in Saturday from New Mexico, where they are grown by the Navajo Nation without pesticides or GMOs. The pumpkin patch is open 9am-9pm Monday through Saturday, 1pm-9pm Sundays, through October 30. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Speaking of pumpkin decorating, have you seen any teal pumpkins around town? Wondering what’s the deal with that? It’s part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Because food allergies shouldn’t keep a kid out of the trick-or-treating spirit.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Mark your house with a teal pumpkin this weekend and then go one step further: Put a pin in it on this rad interactive map so other local moms know that their kid won’t get a candy-let-down at your door. It’s simple. Just click on the plus sign in the right corner of the map to add deets about your non-food treats.

Or if teal isn’t really your color this Halloween season, maybe you prefer pumpkins of the underwater variety. Because, yes, underwater pumpkin carving is totally a thing that’s happening in Florida. So grab the kids and hit the road for a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando this weekend.

And finally, we couldn’t celebrate National Pumpkin Day without a nod to Internet sensation, Trumpkins. That’s right. Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at carving a #Trumpkin instead?

Since the video pretty much says it alllet’s move on.

However you decide to spend this trending holiday, don’t forget to make like NASA and share the joy with #NationalPumpkinDay.

One, Two, Drink up! Don’t miss the Hilton’s Oktoberfest Sunday

We may not be crunching leaves or catching a chill in South Florida, but fall is here and that means the pumpkin picking, football watching and school shopping is in full effect. It means we can also look forward to Oktoberfest, which happens all over the world during this time, every year.

On Sunday, October 16th, you can enjoy an evening of beer tasting, dining, lawn games and live music at the Hilton in West Palm Beach.

The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Yes, there will be lots of beer, but it’s still a family-friendly event and everyone gets free access. However, if you want to celebrate Oktoberfest in true style, you can register and pay $30 for unlimited beer tasting from Funky Buddha, Due South, Twisted Trunk and Inlet Brewery. 

As for food, you can look forward to a variety of bratwurst served with grilled peppers and onions on a hoagie bun. And of course there will be potato salad and creamy sauerkraut. The kids will love Munich’s giant pretzel — just hold the beer cheese and beer mustard for yourself.

(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post): Boynton Beach: Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach.
Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

The Deets:Oktoberfest at The Hilton West Palm Beach

What: Oktoberfest

When: October 16, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Cost: FREE and $30 if you want unlimited beer tastings

 

9 Palm Beach County road trips to try this summer

(Photo: Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)
(Photo: Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

With summer officially here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember.

Destination: Palm Beach County?

With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your summer bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think.

From Jupiter to Boca to the western communities, you can gaze upon the natural splendor of ocean, waterways and lakes. Or check out man-made marvels, from ultra-expensive houses to tiny trailers. And stop along the way to dine, shop or take a nature hike.

Most important of all, you can see the place you live in a whole new light. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon — or even your lunch hour.

Let’s go road trippin’.

GAS UP AND GO ON OUR PALM BEACH COUNTY ROAD TRIPS!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day: Local blood donor gives 100 gallons

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(2013) Harold Mendenhall, 84, talks and smiles at one of the nurses while donating blood at One Blood in Lake Park on May 22, 2013.  (Laura McDermott/The Palm Beach Post)

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. And to celebrate, we recall a story we posted in 2013 about Harold Mendenhall. Mendenhall’s kindness is unique. When we originally reported on Mendenhall, in 35 years, he had given 100 gallons of his blood to help save lives!

An excerpt from the 2013 original story:

He started on 7/7/77.

Seven, he says, is one of his lucky numbers.

It certainly has been for the hundreds of people Mendenhall’s blood has saved since that first pint 36 years ago.

Read the full version to find out why Mendenhall started donating: “A rare blood type”

 

Martin Luther King Day: The Rev. King’s fight for justice in South Florida

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In this April 3, 1968 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. The following day King was assassinated on his motel balcony. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly, File)

This spring marks 48 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the father of the fight for civil rights in America, was murdered — shot to death outside of a Memphis hotel on April 4, 1968.

But shortly before he went to Memphis for what would be his last act of social activism, intervening in a sanitary worker’s strike over oppressive working conditions and wages, King came to South Florida:

The Rev. King’s fight for justice in South Florida

Related: Photos – 2015 MLK parade in Lake Worth

 

Palm Beach hotel among best in the world for Christmas

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Get in the Christmas spirit by heading to one of the world’s best spots for going “all-out” on holiday cheer — and it is close to home.

CNN compiled a list of the “9 hotels that go all-out for Christmas” with Palm Beach’s own, The Breakers, being listed among them.

According to the site, The Breakers “carries its lavish traditions right through the holiday season” with more than 160,000 lights all across the resort. The Breakers also contains a Christmas Day brunch, which is served in The Circle, for $140 for adults and $50 for children. The Christmas dinner takes place in the Ponce de Leon ballroom and is a buffet for $140 for adults and $60 for children 11 and under.

Want to book a room? It’s around $1,100 for each night. For a more in depth look at the resort, go to the Post’s comprehensive guide to the grounds. There are also several more Palm Beach County restaurants putting together exceptional Christmas Eve or Christmas Day menus.

The other top hotels that made CNN’s list for Christmas included: Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Ritz in London; Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.; the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris; The Plaza in New York City; the Waldorf Astoria in New York City; and The Roosevelt in New Orleans.