Taste of science, as chocolate show comes to museum

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The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s 12th annual Science of Chocolate event takes place Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The day is full of tasty interactive chocolate experiments to celebrate one of the oldest and most popular desserts.

Science lovers and chocoholics of all ages will learn the science of how chocolate is made and the chemical properties of the sweet treat. Guests will also learn about the potential health benefits of chocolate. Activities include liquid nitrogen chocolate ice cream, a never-ending chocolate fountain, chocolate eruptions science demo, and even chocolate trivia with prizes.

 

The Science of Chocolate is free with paid admission and free to members. The Science of Chocolate is free with paid Science Center admission and free to members. General admission is $16.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3.

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Meanwhile the museum continues to host the blockbuster exhibit, “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Preserved human bodies are on display in various states of activity until April 23. Appropriate for all ages, the exhibit goes under the skin to reveal the mysteries of the human anatomy.

AAA: Florida gas down 10 cents in 24 days

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This, from Triple-A:

TAMPA, Fla. (January 29, 2017) — Increased U.S. crude oil production and lower gasoline demand has kept downward pressure on the national average price at the pump, which has fallen for 20 consecutive days. Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.22 per gallon, down eight cents versus last week, a decline of 7 cents compared to one month ago and 41 cents more per gallon year-over-year.

In Florida, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded has declined for 24 consecutive days, 19 days straight in Georgia and 10 days in Tennessee. During these streaks, average prices have dropped 10 cents in Florida, 8 cents in Georgia and 5 cents in Tennessee. 

IBIS drive hauls in tons of food for needy

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Jack Kalmore of Ibis Property Owners Association helps unload a car filled for food donations.
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Heavy lifting.
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West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James and Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Perry Borman
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Ibis Charities Food Drive Co-Chair Rick Carpenter helps unload a car filled with food donations
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Ibis Charities Food Drive organizers (l-r) Jackie Kornfeld, Co-chairs Rick and Felicia Carpenter, Palm Beach County Food Bank Ex. Dir. Perry Borman, and Ellie Lucas

For the 5th year, the 1800-home Ibis community reached out to its 5,000-plus residents to fill stomachs and pantries for those in need nearby and around the county.

The Sunday drive collects food for food pantries and soup kitchens around the county, and for nearby Grove Elementary School for student breakfasts and lunches and for parents to bring home. “For many kids, it’s their only meal,” said Jackie Kornfeld, who organized the drive this year with Rick and Felice Carpenter and Ellie Lucas.

Publix, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s contribute to the event.

The final tally wasn’t in for Sunday night, but since the drive was founded, it has brought in 73,000 tons of food, including 22,000 last year, and $40,000 in cash donations.

 

Komen race packets available for early pick-up

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This, from the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure®:   

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, thousands of breast cancer supporters, survivors and their loved ones will come together at the Meyer Amphitheatre for the 26th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure®.  Runners, walkers, corporate and community teams and individuals of all ages are welcome to join the celebration that is so much more than a 5K, and show why they are part of the new More Than Pink™ movement that highlights the people who act, donate and get involved to help Komen achieve its goal to reduce the nation’s 40,000 cancer deaths by half in the next decade.

The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.  There are two ways the Race makes the experience meaningful for all.

To help lighten the load on race morning, Komen is inviting participants and last minute registrants to visit one of their mall registration locations to pick up their race day packets or register onsite. By doing so, they will eliminate waiting in line of race morning to get their t-shirt and bib number.

Registration locations and dates are as follows:

–          Fit2Run, Boca Raton Town Center, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

–          Treasure Coast Square Mall, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

–          Dick’s Sporting Good (Boynton Beach), Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

–          Fit2Run, Mall at Wellington Green, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

–          Post Centennial Park (downtown WPB waterfront), Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The race site opens Jan. 28 at 6:30 a.m. with registration at Palm Beach Post Centennial Park, followed by activities throughout the morning, including:

7:30 a.m.         Women’s 5K USATF Run (3.1 miles)
8:15 a.m.         Men’s 5K USATF Run (3.1 miles)
9:00 a.m.         Team 5K Walk (3.1 miles)
9:15 a.m.         5K Walk (3.1 miles)
9:30 a.m.         Kids Run (ages 6-12)
9:45 a.m.         Tots Run (ages 5 and under)
10:00 a.m.       1-mile Fun Walk at Post Park / Runner’s Ceremony
Awards Ceremony / Entertainment at Meyer Amphitheatre
10:30 a.m.       Survivor Recognition Ceremony at Meyer Amphitheatre

West Palm Congresswoman Lois Frankel weighs in on inauguration

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U.S. Rep and former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel takes issue with part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address.

“I’m grateful to former-President Obama, who led this country through one of the most challenging times in our history and breakthroughs for human rights,” Frankel said in a statement released after the speech.

“With all due respect to President Trump, as to his inaugural remarks today, I do not share his pessimistic view of America or his bias towards extreme nationalism. We are a nation of opportunity, a country that cherishes diversity and the leader of the free world.

“With that said, I am prepared to work cooperatively with the new administration where possible and be a force of resistance when necessary.”

Kids Night In tonight, Kids Day out event coming

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This, from the City of West Palm Beach:

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation’s South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa St., is offering two activities that parents, and kids aged 5-11, will love.

Kids Day Out is an opportunity for your kids to have fun while you run errands or take time for yourself.  Register them for a Saturday at places like Calypso Bay, Rapids Water Park, the movies, bowling, bounce houses and museums.  Kids Day Out will be held Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

Kids’ Night In is an opportunity for parents to enjoy a Friday night out, while kids engage in games, crafts, dinner and movies. Your child will be well looked after and you can have a little “me time”. Kids Night In will be held TONIGHT, Jan. 20, from 5:30 – 10 p.m. for $12 for residents, $15 for non-residents.

Register online at www.westpalmparks.org or in person at South Olive Community Center.  Register early to reserve your space.  Proof of residency is required at the time of registration.

For more information, please call 561-804-4945, visit www.wpb.org/parks.

Fish sculpture re-released on Flagler Drive

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The colorful ‘Fish out of Water’ sculpture is back on Flagler Drive after undergoing repairs.

The steel sculpture sustained heavy damage when struck by a car last January.

Artist Mark Fuller repaired reinstalled the aqua, teal and purple fish this week along the Intracoastal Waterway at the intersection of North Flagler Drive and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard (across the street from Good Samaritan Medical Center).

The city commissioned Fuller to create the piece in 1993 as part of its Art in Public Places program.

FPL breaks ground on hurricane response center

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The facility, built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, adds to FPL’s emergency capabilities by bringing its power delivery operations under a single roof.

Florida Power & Light Company broke ground Wednesday for a hurricane-hardened emergency control center in West Palm Beach.

The  storm center at 4233 Upthegrove Lane, adjacent to the company’s existing command center, is meant to leverage advanced technologies to ensure reliability and more efficient communication, collaboration and response during emergency events, FPL said.

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Mayor Muoio in DC for Mayor’s Conference

010516+Post+Centennial014Mayor Jeri Muoio won’t be slathering on the Hawaiian Tropic this week. She’s in cold, rainy Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, looking for fresh ideas that might make sense for West Palm Beach.

She attended a presentation on summer jobs programs for youths, for starters.

She also was scheduled to attend a presentation on how cities might tap the $4 billion that Volkswagen is putting into a fund for sustainability programs, as part of its settlement of its emissions test-rigging case.

The mayor also attended a meeting of an education task force she’s on, a session on using block grants for housing and development, and a presentation on a program Wells Fargo is starting to promote home ownership for Hispanics.

She missed a talk by Vice President-elect Pence. He was more than 20 minutes late and she had other obligations.

She’ll be back in town in time to attend the Women’s March in West Palm Beach on Jan. 21.