The city’s two-day celebration starts Sunday, Jan. 15 with a musical/theatrical tribute to Langston Hughes at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m.
Things kick into high gear the next day with a Unity Interfaith Breakfast at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew’s; a civil rights songfest on the steps of City Hall at 4:30 p.m.; a Candlelight March at 5:30 p.m.; an MLK commemorative program at the Cultural Plaza at 5:30 p.m. and a Fellowship Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. All activities are free. For more information, check the city of Lake Worth’s website.
On Sunday, the city and the Boynton Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee will host a Celebration Gala at Benvenuto Restaurant in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The event is from 6:3o to 9 p.m at 1730 N. Federal Highway. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
On Monday, the city will host an MLK Day of Service. Participants will restore the outside of seniors’ homes. The event begins at the Ezell Hester Community Center at 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., at 7:30 a.m.
On Monday, Arts Garage and Auroras Voice will host the the MLK Heroes of Delray, which honors local nonprofit volunteers, donors, and staff. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are available at heroes-of-delray.eventbrite.com
There’s something about sitting next to a fire that just sets a chillaxing mood. Ge ready to experience the beach’s breeze, the smell of burning wood and the scent of a special someone by attending the next Lake Worth Bon Fire, Friday, November 25th at 6 p.m.
Cool nights are just starting to sweep through South Florida, so start packing your s’mores and comfy blankets. It’s about to get hot in here.-literally. The bonfires are hosted by the city of Lake Worth right on the beach across from the Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex.
As if the flames, the cuddling and the cool nights weren’t enough to set the vibe, you’ll also get to experience live music by ZBRA, a band of three guys who are confident to get you moving.
“We are three multi-instrumentalists who play stuff for you to shake your ass or other body parts to. Rocking your face off, then on, then back off again. It’s called the Caged Travolta,” says ZBRA.
When babies are born, most parents spend a whole lot of time trying to get them to say ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ or some variation of the two. However, for a very young family in Riviera Beach, the challenge has been to teach their 15-month old son, Koa, the word ‘shark.’
“Whenever he sees one of my shark pictures hanging up in the house or at the office, I make sure he says the word ‘shark’,” says Koa’s dad, Ryan Walton as he sits on the bridge of a 40-foot charter in the Atlantic.
No surprise here. Walton, 27, and Amber Boutot, 29, share such a passion for protecting the big blue that they’ve made the task their daily responsibility.
This couple, along with other partners, owns ‘Deep Obsession Charters’ in Lake Park, a professional diving facility and charter operation. They hope that their son Koa becomes educated on marine life from an early age so that he can teach other kids that sharks aren’t what the media has made them out to be.
“Kids are really what the future of our oceans depend on: a new mentality and a new perception that, moving forward, wants to protect the ocean,” says Walton.
Boutot says owning a dive charter has been a dream of hers and Walton’s. They want to be able to show people the ocean and what’s in it. She believes that there’s much more for people to understand than just fish and scuba diving — there’s ecotourism. And they want Koa, especially, to understand this.
“The dive community is such a great community to be raised in. Everybody is so nice,” says Boutot from their tank room in Lake Park. “You’re not going to become rich in the dive community, but it’s really about doing what makes you happy.”
Koa might only be 15 months old, but he’s already assisting Dad with the tank valves, packing the food for the dive tours and helping Mom run the administration and front counter. When he’s tired, he simply lays on the floor and eats a banana. It’s a lot of responsibility for such a young pup, but his efforts have been widely appreciated.
“Customers love him. He’s learning so much too. He’s very inquisitive — it is amazing,” says mom.
Educating divers for a living is a cause very dear to Walton and Boutot. Every time they set sail, they see how humans are treating the world below. The couple says the ocean is being abused from the littering and fishing lines to the commercial fishing — something that Walton takes very seriously as he leads his Diving with Sharks tours.
“We’re in charge of protecting [the ocean] and that’s why I feel my role is so important now,” says Walton. “We need to do everything we can to educate people and try to stop the slaughter of an animal that means so much to our ocean’s ecosystem.”
While Walton and the divers get to scuba out in the ocean with huge species such as lemon and tiger sharks, sea turtles and stingrays, back in the shop Koa keeps learning the basics of running a business with mom and enjoying the life he’s been born into.
For extra credit, Koa gets to watch Mom make photo illustrations where he’s often the feature — in the ocean of course.
“Koa is a great kid. He’s energetic, and the coolest part is that he’s involved in everything that we do. As he grows up I’m going to have him out on the boat and just seeing and hearing the interactions with the sharks,” says Walton.
Conveniently located in Lake Worth Lagoon with all the facilities you might want isPeanut Island Campground. There are 17 tropical reserved campsites that include a tent pad, a grill and a picnic table. Clear beaches, fishing dock, a hiking trail and opportunities to do water activities such as boating or snorkeling make this campground a gem to many county residents.
“Camped there every year for my birthday,” says Palm Beach Gardens resident, Frank Mahle. “It’s like camping on the beach. Roughing it, but still being connected in a sense.”
Note: Camping doesn’t have to be miserable for your lady. There are comfortable restrooms with hot indoor showers, a picnic pavilion and a large fire ring.
Details: What: Peanut Island Campground Where: 6500 Peanut Island Rd, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 Contact for pricing and reservations: (561) 845-4445
“Go skinny-dipping — It’s the law
That’s right. If you’re really, I mean really free-spirited, there’s a place in South Florida where clothing is nothing but an inconvenience. Bare it all at the Sunsport Gardenscampground in Loxahatchee. This 40-acre naturist resort is a nudist’s paradise. It includes all kinds of amenities and campground sites. You can choose to rent the campground that best suits your needs, whether it’s a tent site, an RV, a cabin or heck, maybe you just want to hang a hammock under a tree.
Kayak or canoe on the canal to the lake, enjoy a hike through the woods, ride your bike around 40 acres, play a volleyball match, work out at the fitness center and dip your corpus-temple in the heated swimming pool or hot-tub.
“This campground is the only one of its kind in South Florida. Nudity in common areas is REQUIRED, not optional,” says manager Morley Schloss. They also host many festivals through out the year, check’em out.
Wake up to the roars of African lions atLion Country Safariin Loxahatchee! Combine the typical camping activities, such as hiking, bonfires, paddle boarding or wood picking with a safari adventure. You can drive though wild animal preserves and catch wild beasts roaming about. There’s also a petting zoo, mini golf, dinosaur exhibit and more.
This place is ideal for kids and animal lovers. Feeling risky? Rent a primitive site, but make sure your party is 20+.
Note: The facilities here are great: Indoor bathrooms, full hook-up, shady pull-through sites with concrete patio, and picnic tables. There is a general store, gas-heated swimming pool, handicapped accessible restrooms, shuffle board, basketball, volleyball, playground, laundry, picnic area, pavilion and more.
With more than 17 square miles,Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Jupiter offers a huge variety of options. There are two different family-friendly camping sites. You have a horse? Bring it over and stay at the Equestrian campground. Cabins? Those are there too.
If your idea of camping is wiping your butt with leaves and walking miles to find water, try backpacking and finding the primitive camping site. (Please, don’t really.)
“My favorite part about Johnathon Dickinson State Park was the guided tour of the Loxahatchee River and the remnants of “Trappers Jungle Gardens and Wildlife zoo.” says South Florida resident, Tracy Devaney. “The excursion is serene and nostalgic of “Old Florida.”
There’s hiking, biking, guided tours, watersports, horsebackriding, sports fields, history ceminars, kids’ activities, the list goes on and on and on.
Details: What: John Dickinson State Park Where: 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Fl, 33455 Contact: 772-546-2771 & Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations: 800-326-3521 & 888-433-0287
Note: Facilities: Sites (except primitive) include water , electricity, table and grill, sewer hookup and a dump station. Pets: Allowed Rentals: Guided canoe/kayak tours and rentals, family education programs, ranger-led tours, and horse trails
Camp like Royalty
Paved roads, tennis courts, a golf learning center and a fitness zone are just some of the amenities at John Price Park in Lake Worth. So, if your idea of camping isn’t very primitive at all, this relaxing and beautiful 726-acre park provides plenty of comfort. There are also plenty of RV/tent sites in a 48-acre section of the park.
According to the Palm Beach County website, people often come here to bird watch and to do other animal sightings. You can launch your watercraft from a boat ramp and the beach is about 10 minutes away — driving distance.
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Details: What: John Price Park Where: 4759 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461 Contact: 561-582-7992 or Email: pbcgov.com
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It’s time for another extravagant bash! Join Dreyfoos in White, a pop-up picnic-style festivity where hundreds of people dress in all-white and feast at a secret location in the city.
Among ritzy themed-centerpieces and tablecapes, everyone enjoys plenty of food and drinks with their peeps. Don’t be fooled by the magic and exclusivity of the night. This party gets turnt up! And unlike Diner En Blanc, it’s for a good cause, too.
Here are 9 things to know about Dreyfoos in White.
This is not an option. Be as chic with your white garments as possible and host your own al-fresco get-together. Have fun with it. Hats, scarves, gowns and crowns totally expected. This is a made-for-Instagram event.
The secret location will be revealed just one hour before the event. Buy your ticket now and wait patiently for the invitation via e-mail. This just adds more suspense to the event and keeps large crowds away from your spree.
Over the top!
Bring your most creative decorations to the table —literally. The event is based on showing off your most extravagant table-espace and creativity. Make an iconic table WITH A THEME and enter different decor competitions. You’ll also need them in order to eat and drink.
Party-goers will be competing for “Most Fabulous,” “Most Humorous” and “Judges’ Choice” awards based on the dedication and great taste of their center pieces. The crowd and celebrity judges will be comparing the best of the best.
You have two options for your picnic:
Order your food prior to the night through SandyJames Fine Food, pick it up at the event and take it to your table.
Bring your own indulgences, and serve and pour on your finest China to enjoy.
The Dreyfoos string and jazz students will provide music throughout the night, and there will even be a flash mob by dance students. And make sure you don’t miss the sparklers. These will light up the night before everyone starts dancing to the music of DJ Brad Barfield.
What not to Bring
Don’t arrive in a U-haul with tables and chairs. The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation will provide these along with sparklers and white cloth napkins for the traditional “napkin twirl,” which kicks off the celebration. Just worry about what goes on the top of your table: decorations, food and drinks.
Funds raised through Dreyfoos in White help support vital educational programs that would otherwise not be funded. Last year, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation provided $1.3 million in support to the School of the Arts.
Friday evening I arrived at a top secret location to experience the world’s largest dinner party — for only the second time in West Palm Beach. Where did Diner En Blanc take place this year? Currie Park.
As I walked from Flagler Drive to the grass field just a couple hundred feet from the inlet, I realized that the view was stunning but the atmosphere was empty. Guests hadn’t arrived and I wasn’t yet convinced that the evening would live up to its hype.
A mega event described as a flash mob meets white party? The vision wasn’t clear.
Then four commercial buses pulled up. And some of the most elegantly dressed people made their entrance. One woman wore an ensemble so beautiful it would have gotten her into Wimbledon London with royalty in the early 1900s. She carried a large white, woven basket likely filled with fine China, fresh fruits and cheeses.
Within 45 minutes, I witnessed more than 1500 ivory-cloaked guests mingling, eating and dancing at the elaborate, alfresco dinner tradition that was born in Paris and has since been replicated in more than 60 countries around the world.
1. There’s Haitian pride all over the secret picnic that will invade West Palm for years to come.
The concept of friends and family laughing together over a meal is one of the pillars upon which Diner En Blanc stands. It all began when a Frenchman asked a group of his closest friends to wear white and meet him at a public park with a dish.
That’s no different from the Haitian culture.
“Haiti may be going through a hard time, but the people of the Haitian culture love life, always finding time to embrace family and dine together,” said Nora David, one of the three business-savvy, fashion-inclined event planners behind Diner En Blanc West Palm Beach.
She smiled when I asked her how her culture graced the work that she does as a business woman in the city. “I’m just happy a positive side of the Haitian culture is being talked about,” she said.
2. Life Behind the scenes at Diner En Blanc is not a walk in the park.
While David explains that there is something to say about the simplicity of the event, she iterates that the work happening behind the scene is not a few hours of busy work. This year, thirty volunteers were trained in a series of meetings to keep the traditional elements of the event alive from secrecy to table rules to dress code.
3. There’s no event more turned up and peaceful at the same time.
Drinks started pouring when table legs hit the floor, and no one ate solo. Just like dinner at the wooden table in homes on the movie screen, everyone understood that they had to pick up their forks simultaneously.
After that, feet were two-stepping and bodies were grooving to salsa, reggae, hip-hop, house and EDM music. Every single person was having a good time… And with the 2016 Presidential election just days away, it was really refreshing to see people of all ages and races enjoying each other’s time.
“If we could bring peace in the world, it would be through Diner En Blanc because it is a multicultural event,” David told us as she smiled.
Sure, I’ve experienced a long-term relationship and spent a little time dating, but that doesn’t mean I’m some kind of dating expert (because these days, they do exist). When I found myself single at 24, I thought I was ready to hit the scene (in a real way), but me being ready didn’t equate to me knowing what I was doing.
After a few months of the single life, I just kind of jumped into dating and did what I thought was right. We’ll talk about that in another article. For now, we’re here because of a phone call. I received a message about a free Teleseminar with Love Coach and Founder of Crystal Transitions Coaching, Sara Rose, who would be sharing four secrets to become a magnet for deeply satisfying and co-creative love.
At first I thought:
But then I reconsidered. What did I have to lose by just calling in and listening? Nothing. The teleseminar, a fancy word for conference call, was a fresh take on how to truly attract a fun and fulfilling relationship when the time is right. It got me thinking of everything I was doing wrong. Maybe we’re all doing these things wrong.
1. We focus on growing a relationship instead of ourselves.
Fix it: Commit to developing yourself personally. That could mean executing a strict morning routine, reading a new book or strengthening your relationship with a higher power. I’ve adjusted my morning routine to waking up another hour earlier fitting in time for meditation and exercise, picked up two new books and joined a bible study group since September. I already see changes in the Love & Relationships category of my life.
Fix it: Desperation is never cute. Instead of locking in a partner to cuddle with during cold weather, (or in our SoFla lifestyle, during the warm holiday season) try trusting the timing of your life. Believe you’re changing your frame of mind around dating so that you will attract what and who is meant for you.
3. We stay in our comfort zone.
Fix it: Stop letting boredom or loneliness move you to text an old partner. If the two of you gave getting to know one another and exploring a relationship a real try and it did not work, move on. Keep your head forward. Something new and better is ahead.
4. We don’t see that we are unique.
Fix it: Know that you are trippin’ for not realizing how exclusive you are. Then soundtrack your next step with “Golden” by Jill Scott. Change every bio on every social media account or dating profile you have to express something that is unique about you. You’re not a carbon copy of anyone — and you should broadcast this fact.
5. We think our words were just words.
Fix it: Get your hands on Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. He provides four principles to practice that can create happiness in your love life. The first? Knowing that your words are directly connected to the person you always had the potential to be. The quick read changed my thinking about the words that I use in conversations, light and heavy.
6. We think we know it all.
Fix it: Don’t assume you know more about your potential partner than you actually do. Instead, ask more questions and don’t shy away from asking the ones you really want to know the answer to. You’ll be respected for it.
7. We don’t switch it up.
Fix it: Try something different, not someone different. If you don’t like that the really attractive person you met last week texts you every night after midnight, cut that person off, then don’t fall into the hands of someone else who does the same thing. Instead, make the decision to stop responding to any person who doesn’t initiate conversation at a respectable time. This is you knowing your worth and setting a standard that will become a habit if practiced consistently.
8. We fear what we really want.
Fix it: Train yourself to believe you are worthy of your ideal partner by literally writing down the qualities you bring to the table. This will remind you of the ways in which you are a good catch and why you deserve someone just as good, if not better.
9. We think speaking about our growth and personal development is embarrassing.
Fix it: Share this article with a friend or someone who’s single. It’s not silly to have conversations about standards, dating preferences or growth. But you won’t realize just how good it is for your love life it will be until you actually try it.
I still have some work to do (just like we all do), but I rest well knowing that I’m on the right track.
What’s next on love and dating from me? The six minute conversation with a complete stranger at a speed dating event is not just something that happens between actors on the set of TV drama. Check back in later this month see what I mean.
Mar-a-Lago was originally built by Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. When Post died, Mar-a-Lago was willed to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.
The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million.
Mar-a-Lago now serves as an exclusive club with a $100,000 initiation fee and part-time residence for Trump.
Happy Halloween you ghouls and goblins! Did you get out and party this weekend? Festivities around West Palm Beach started with Clematis by Fright on Thursday and ended with Moonfeston Saturday. And we’ve got proof there were freaks out at night!
Families and freaks flocked to Clematis by Fright
Pets gotta get dressed up too!
One of the new haunted trails at Clematis by Fright!
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.
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.
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.
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.