Skipping Sunfest? Here are other things to do this weekend

SunFest is a BLAST – with music, food, art and fun for the whole family. But, if it’s not your thing, don’t despair, there is still plenty to do around town.

TONIGHT April 29th!!! – Northwood Village Hosts Open Studio Tour

Art lovers will get a double dose of creativity this month when the Art Night Out event in Northwood Village hosts an artist open house in the area’s Industrial District.  The Northwood Industrial District, located just a few blocks west of Northwood Village, consists of large warehouses that are working studios for several prominent local artists.  Trolleys will shuttle guests from Art Night Out on the corner of Northwood Road and Broadway to the artists’ studios tour.  Art Night Out will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on April 29, 2016, on Northwood Road in West Palm Beach.

Northwood Industrial District artists who will be opening their studio doors to the public include:

  • Dave Teal, a figurative artist who is also a long-time resident of Old Northwood
  • Elizabeth Hutchinson, an instinctive artist who works out problems and conversations on canvas
  • Jason Martinez, a self-taught artist who paints spiritually iconic images using acrylic
  • James Sagui, a professional woodworker, sculptor, and furniture designer/maker
  • Liz Ghitta Segall, a painter since child known for abstract expressionist work
  • Sam Perry, a noted artist who grew up in Northwood and focuses on abstract and the human figure
  • Terre Rybovich, an artist born and raised in old Northwood known for her unconventional drawings

Get more information here.

SATURDAY: The Flappers Present the 2016 Palm Beach Butterfly Ball

 

Watch Spring in full bloom in Cityplace!

CityPlace is in full bloom this spring with 10 wonderful and whimsical topiaries around the popular entertainment-retail center in Downtown West Palm Beach. The oversized, flowering displays are crafted in shapes that include swans, dragonflies, bunnies and more. The exhibit is open through May 21, 2016.

“It’s always our goal to surprise and delight CityPlace patrons, and topiaries will do just that,” said Edan Della Mea, CityPlace’s Director of Marketing. “They add to the already vibrant setting as our guests come here to shop, see a movie or grab a bite to eat.”

The floral designs are not only visually interesting but part of an interactive scavenger hunt that creates fun for the whole family. The hunt leads along the path of topiaries and allows participants to explore the shops and restaurants along the way. When children correctly match the 10 topiaries to the facts provided, they have a chance to win prizes. To participate, stop by Guest Services for details.
Other fun things to see and do at CityPlace this spring include:

Spring Photo Contest – Upload a photo while enjoying the topiary displays using #SpringatCityPlace for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.
Spring Fashion at CityPlace – Spend more than $100 at CityPlace shops and receive a free $10 gift card when you present your same-day receipts at guest services. This promotion runs April 24 – May 8, 2016.

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Three alternative & green ways to get in and out of SunFest

Three alternative & green ways to get in and out of SunFest

SunFest is starting on Wednesday and is drawing tens of thousands of visitors into downtown. Getting in and out of downtown in the bustle of SunFest can be a challenge. Thankfully, the City of West Palm Beach has put a focus on creating a walkable and bikeable downtown and we have some very good alternatives ready for getting you to and from SunFest.

Downtown Development Authority’s Bike Valet

For more than a decade, the DDA has offered a free bicycle valet service for SunFest attendees during regular festival hours from Wednesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 1. Avoid the hassle of finding a place to chain a bike or trying to remember where you parked and take advantage of the valet!

Located at Waterfront Commons near the Centennial Square fountain, riders are issued claim tickets in exchange for their bikes, which are kept in asecure, gated compound located near the Clematis Street entrance to SunFest. To reclaim a bicycle, valet service users must present the appropriate claim ticket to the staff monitoring the bike compound. Tips received through the bike valet program will be donated to Homeward Bound, a program that helps the homeless reunite with their families in their respective hometowns.

Bike Valet hours of operation are: Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bikes left after closing time will be locked inside the enclosure and can be picked up the next day.

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Ginger, Clint and Joan volunteer as Bike Valets at Sunfest

Borrow a SkyBike

SkyBike is a fun, convenient and healthy way to get around Downtown for locals and visitors alike. SkyBike provides the most convenient option for choosing bicycling for errands around town, sightseeing or just for fun! Users can check out and return bikes interchangeably from stations conveniently located throughout Downtown.

Attendees of 2016 SunFest are also invited to use SkyBike, a public bike sharing system with 14 stations throughout the Downtown area. Users can rent and return more than 150 bikes from the convenient stations throughout the city. For more information about SkyBikeWPB, visit skybikewpb.com.

Carey & Raphael taking a ride on a SkyBike

Plan ahead and download the NextBike app (android apple) and signup today, so that you can make sure that there is a SkyBike waiting for you when you need it.

Use an UBER

Uber the popular ride sharing platform has partnered with SunFest this year,  and is offering new users a $20 first-ride special. Head over to uber.com/app and use the code Sunfest16.

If you’re already an Uber user you can grab a code at the info booth inside SunFest and get $10-off your ride.

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Executive director of the DDA, and dedicated New Urbanist, Raphael Clemente, talks about what the City is doing  to “As SunFest continues to grow in popularity, the bike valet is an important program to help alleviate traffic and parking difficulties. More than 5,000 SunFest patrons have taken advantage of this convenient, gas-saving program since its inception 11 years ago. Programs like the bike valet service and SkyBike are great examples of how Downtown West Palm Beach is working to transform the city into a pedestrian and bike friendly area.”

For more information about the SunFest bicycle valet service or Downtown West Palm Beach, including transportation options, please contact the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit downtownwpb.com.

Watch the premier of “Catching the Sun” at CityPlace Muvico on Thursday

Watch the premier of “Catching the Sun” at CityPlace Muvico on Thursday

Vinyasun, a Downtown West Palm Beach energy company is bringing the premier of the award winning documentary by Oscar winner Mark Ruffalo to West Palm Beach on Earth Day Weekend.

RSVP and get tickets through the facebook group.

Catching the Sun from Shalini Kantayya on Vimeo.

An unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future. But who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century?

Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy?

Attendees of the Catching The Sun Movie Premier are invited to join Vinyasun at Lafayette’s West Palm Beach for the a Q&A session following the movie — All attendees will get a free drink ticket as well as be able to enjoy light apps like Lafayette’s world famous Hushpuppies! Lafayette’s is conveniently located directly across from CityPlace Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX.

Vinyasun was founded on a few simple principles. Everything is energy. Everyone has the right to generate their own clean energy on their rooftop or property. Make going solar a positive experience. Deliver energy at lower cost than the local utility. Don’t forget to breathe.

At Vinyasun we inherently believe that going solar is positive energy for your bank account, your children’s future, their children’s future and for the world. Plus we are doing it without burning fossil fuels like coal, oil or natural gas. We are just simply providing you the platform to let that energy flow to you.

That is what we call positive energy.

RSVP Today!.

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.

 

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