Get your taxes done? Go on a Downtown Historical Tour

Did you get your taxes done, or are you planning to have them done by Friday? Reward yourself with a historical tour of West Palm Beach led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects.

The one-hour guided stroll showcases the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach, highlighting historic buildings and notable landmarks.  This very popular tour also features an overview of historical urban design through recent area development.

WHEN:                  Friday, April 1, 2016 and Friday, April 15 at 4:00 pm. Please arrive by 3:50 pm.
WHERE:                Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, in the historic 1916 Court House, West Palm Beach. Corner of 3rd St. & N. Dixie Hwy.

TICKETS:                Tours are free (suggested $5 donation).

IMPORTANT: Advance reservations required. Please call (561) 832-4164 ext. 103.

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Special events of the Historical Society such as the Historical Walking Tour grew from a desire to present Palm Beach County’s visitors, history buffs, and outdoors lovers with activities that are educational and fun, and to introduce them to the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum.

 

Rick Gonzales giving stopping at Clematis and Dixie as part of his historic tour.

Rick Gonzales stopping at Clematis and Dixie as part of his historic tour.

Heart and Soul Fest 2016 this Saturday

Heart & Soul Fest 2016 is back with live music, arts and crafts, family activities, and more!

Soul food, soul music and soulful dancing are on the agenda for the Fourth Annual “Heart & Soul Fest” on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival, a production of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the Northwest Neighborhood, will feature musical performances Pieces of a Dream, an American R&B and jazz group from Philadelphia, and N2 Nation, a popular south Florida Motown band. The lineup will also include emcee Sylvia Sharp and DJ So’ Nuf, Faith Place Band and Tommy (Tweet) Wilcox Tweet Da Raw.

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Activities include arts and crafts, family activities and more.

This free event takes place on Rosemary and 8th Street, adjacent to the Historic Sunset Lounge in West Palm Beach. For information, visit wpb.org or call 561.822.1550. 

Remember to stay for the after party, from 7 – 9 pm, at the Sunset Lounge!

Dreyfoos Grad returns to Florida to Knit a Dream Blanket

Dreyfoos Grad returns to Florida to Knit a Dream Blanket

Florida-bred and Brooklyn-based filmmaker, Valerie Brooks (Dreyfoos School of the Arts Alumni and FSU Film School graduate), is heading back home to West Palm Beach in May to direct her short film “Knit Yourself A Dream Blanket”.

“Knit Yourself A Dream Blanket” is the story of “An unstable real-estate agent who gets roped into robbing her twin sister’s pet store, by two incompetent rabble-rousing millennials”. It’s a thirty-minute adventure story, reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen’s iconic Florida book, “Nature Girl.”

The movie features the local “Tanks a Lot Aquariums” and the film maker is looking to collaborate with local businesses looking to expand their visibility, since the film will be screened in festivals nation-wide. After all, this film hinges on the colorful culture of South Florida, its people, and its industry.

Movies aren’t made for free, so the have set up an indiegogo project to raise the approximately $15,000 needed for the production cost and paying the crew during their 10-day shoot in South Florida.

 

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Perks for donating include: $20 for a credit, $100 for saying your name in the movie, $500 executive director credit and $1000 for a hand-knit balaclava from the movie, and a lot of donation levels in between.

Donate here!

If you have questions or inquiries as to how you can help, feel free to contact Julia at jujefriedman@gmail.com.

 

Win Tickets to Palm Beach Symphony’s Monumental Engagement

Win Tickets to Palm Beach Symphony’s Monumental Engagement

Since our last ticket give-away was such a success we’re doing it again! Over the next 3 weeks we will be giving out 4 pairs of tickets to Palm Beach Symphony’s “Monumental Engagement” on April 10th!

To enter send an email to awormus@gmail.com with the Subject: MONUMENTAL CONTEST. Each week a winner will be randomly picked and announced on Thursday.

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Artistic & Music Director, Ramón Tebar, conducts a truly monumental program with the Symphony’s premiere of Mahler Five. First, virtuoso pianist and guest artist, Lola Astanova will perform Mozart’s drama-filled Concerto No. 20 in addition to solo pieces.  Then, an 81-piece orchestra led by Tebar will debut Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, a large-scale epic masterpiece with vast emotional scope.

Tickets: $17.50 to $100; 561-832-7469 Visit palmbeachsymphony.org for details on purchasing tickets

Come to the waterfront for Irish Fest this Weekend

Come to the waterfront for Irish Fest this Weekend

When Irish Fest on Flagler returns for the 30th installment in downtown West Palm Beach on March 12 and 13, Sheila Hynes will be the one running around, in green of course, with the walkie-talkie making sure vendors are happy and in the right place, coordinating the hundreds of dancers and musicians on stage and stopping to pour a Guinness or two for a thirsty guest.

SATURDAY — MARCH 12
12:00 Fire in the Kitchen
1:45    Off Kilter
3:00    Tir Na Greine Dancers
3:30    Noel Kingston
4:30    Young Wolftones
6:00    Off Kilter
8:00    Aranmore Irish Dancers
8:30    Young Wolftones

SUNDAY – MARCH 13
11:00 Gaelic Mass
12:00 Noel Kingston
1:00    Tir Na Greine Dancers
2:30    Young Wolftones
3:30    Off Kilter
5:30    Gaelic Brew

Get more information here!

Social Enterprise Conference Coming to West Palm Beach on March 12th

Social Enterprise Conference Coming to West Palm Beach on March 12th

There is a new conference “Social Enterprise Conference 2016” that is coming to town on Saturday, the 12th of March.

Social Enterprise Conference 2016 is a day-long seminar hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University in collaboration with HelpedHope.com. Through a series of panels, attendees will learn the concept of Social Enterprise and various models whereby it succeeds in both overall business revenue and community contribution. The panelists themselves are among some of the most prominent and brilliant founders, executives, and innovators in the fields of Social Enterprise, Impact Investing, Real Estate, and Addiction. By getting like-minded leaders together, we hope to impart knowledge on the students, local business leaders, and entrepreneurs to help them create and sustain a corporate culture distinguished by a strong commitment to social responsibility.

I got to sit down and talk with Alex Golding at WebMonday and he told me more about his vision for Social Enterprise Conference. “This is a passion project, that I put together after I came back to West Palm Beach after Studying in NYU. It’s all about how to use social enterprise to add value to a firm without losing profit, how do you improve the world and make money doing so. If you’re a professional lawyer, city employee, asset managers, or anyone in the addiction world or real estates or engineering. Entrepreneurs and people who work in the non-profit sector will also learn a lot from this event.

80% of the speakers are local. Commissioner Paula Ryan will be speaking and Commissioner Keith James will be attending. There will be a whole panel on Urban Planning, Economic Development, addiction, legal issues, social entrepreneurship, finance / asset management. Land and infrastructure. Palm Beach Atlantic has been great to work with, we’ve also gotten funding Knight Foundation and Quantum and the Community foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County. Mako Marketing Group and Agape Love foundation are also sponsors.

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Location: Palm Beach Atlantic University,
Weyenberg Conference Center, 900 S Olive Dr, Second Floor,
West Palm Beach FL 33401

Date: Saturday March 12, 2016
Time: 9:30AM – 5:30PM

Cost: 5o$

Get your tickets TODAY!

 

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