Thousands pack West Palm waterfront for fireworks

Congrats to West Palm Beach’s events staff for packing the waterfront with happy revelers on the 4th. Here are a few photos of the fireworks display over the Lake Worth Lagoon:

$4 pet adoptions today at PBC Animal Care

 

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is offering pet adoptions for $4 dollars today for all animals.

Whether you’re looking for a dog or cat, rabbit or guinea pig, your new best friend is available and will be spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, current on vaccinations, and come with a free bag of Science Diet pet food and more.

Adoptions hours are from 11 a..m. to 6 p.m. today, at the facility at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Visit www.pbcgov.com/animal for more information or to see a listing of all animals available.

For general questions, call 561-233-1200.

Free classes in short story writing at downtown library

A free class in “Mastering the Short Story,” starts at 6 p.m. today with Nicole Cassanetti as presenter in the Mandel Public Library.

Cassanetti gives participants an in-depth look at the art of short story writing, covering a different aspect each week, from the first idea for a story to getting it published.

She will examine elements of good storytelling that will help each writer gain the tools to write compelling short stories.

No registration needed. The classes take place from 6-8 p.m., Mondays, July 3 10, 17 and 24.

For more information, call the library at 561-868-7701. The Mandel Public Library is at 411 Clematis St. There’s inexpensive parking at the city garages on Clematis and Banyan Boulevard.

Why is Val Kilmer coming to West Palm Beach?

Actor, writer and director Val Kilmer is scheduled to appear at Palm Beach Improv July 9, to introduce a screening of his one-man play about Huckleberry Finn- and Tom Sawyer-author Samuel Clemens.

The show, Citizen Twain, played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and now Kilmer will present the West Palm Beach screening of his directorial debut about Clemens and his writings as Mark Twain.

Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910.

Kilmer, who appeared in Top Gun, Batman Forever and The Doors, will introduce the 90-minute film and conduct a question and answer period with the audience afterward.

VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to chat with him after the Q&A.

The show starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $30. VIP tickets are $70. Open to 21 and over, two-drink minimum. Visit http://www.palmbeachimprov.com for more information. Palm Beach Improv is in CityPlace, at 550 S Rosemary Ave.

How do you want West Palm Beach to spend your money?

Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners are inviting the public to participate in a series of Community Budget Workshops, as they make decisions about which projects and programs get how much money.

The new budget year starts Oct. 1 and the planning process has begun. Time for the public to weigh in.

The workshops will be hosted by Mayor Muoio, Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, and Budget Manager Linda McDermott. They will be held in each of the City’s five districts:

  • July 24, 6 p.m.: Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1).
  • July 26, 6 p.m.: Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress (District 2).
  • July 27, 6 p.m.: Flagler Gallery at City Hall (District 3).
  •  Aug. 1, 6 p.m.: Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Blvd. (District 4).
  • Aug. 2, 6 p.m.: Location to be announced, in the Northwest (District 3).
  • Aug. 3, 6 p.m.: Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5).

    For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at 561-822-1342.

Game night 6 p.m. Monday on waterfront green

Aesop’s Tables. (Contributed)

Blogger, Tweeter and international man of mystery Aaron Wormus will host a free community game night at 6 p.m. Monday, June 26, at West Palm Beach’s waterfront green.

Wormus, the “guy” behind the aGuyonClematis Twitter account and blog, will lead the event at the city’s outdoor art exhibition, Aesop’s Tables, where picnic tables are painted with themes of Aesop’s fables.

Equipped with silly games, ice breaker activities and prizes, Wormus will warm us with all things fun while showcasing the exhibition, created by 19 local artists.

For information about Aesop’s Tables and other West Palm Beach summer events, visit wpb.org/events.

Aaron Wormus, fresh from a morning bath at a nuclear waste dump.

 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosts school supply and backpack drive

Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County show off their new backpack donated by Tropical Shipping in last year’s school supply drive. (contributed)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is hosting a school supply and backpack drive, from now through July 21, to benefit club children and keep them on track for academic success.

Every year, Boys & Girls Clubs works with community partners to send disadvantaged children to school prepared with the supplies they need to succeed. Community members can donate school supplies or host a supply and backpack drive in their neighborhood or office.

Suggested supplies include backpacks, composition books (wide rule), spiral notebooks, construction paper, copy paper, pencils, pens, color pencils and markers, crayons, highlighters, post-It notes, glue sticks, tape rolls, student scissors and other office supplies.

Donations of gift cards to office supply stores or retail vendors are also welcomed and will be used by the clubs to purchase needed supplies from school-issued lists.

For information and drop-off locations, visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287.

Nursery for newborn kittens expands

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League this month is expanding its Neonatal Kitten Nursery, a facility that opened last summer to save lives of more newborn kittens that require 24-hour care.

The expansion is scheduled to open Monday, June 26.

With the expansion, scheduled to open Monday, June 26, the shelter will have additional space for the most at-risk orphans. The nursery can now hold up to 80 kittens and is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week by employees of Peggy Adams as well as  volunteers – all specially trained in bottle-feeding and the unique care that is involved in nurturing neonates.

But Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, urged people who find newborn kittens to resist the urge to take them to a shelter.

“That is actually the last thing you should do,” he said. “Kittens less than four weeks old have little chance of survival if separated from their mothers and taken to a shelter…. No intervention is generally best until kittens can eat on their own.”

For information on what to do if you find kittens, visit PeggyAdams.org/found-kittens-resources.)

After receiving critical care in the nursery, the Peggy Adams kittens are placed with foster families who ready them for adoption. For more information about the Kitten Nursery or fostering, visit PeggyAdams.org or call 561.686.3663.

“Hello Sunshine” theme for West Palm gateway art

West Palm Beach will greet you with rays of morning sunshine, starting next year with the city’s latest Art in Public Places addition.

The city commission this week approved five gateway works of outdoor art, together titled “Hello Sunshine,” by West Coast art collective Aphidoidea.

Each of the city’s five commission districts will get its own cluster of yellow sun rays. Each will include the city’s logo, as well as an individual representation of its district.

The District 1 piece will be at 45th Street and Australian Avenue. District 2’s will be in a new roundabout at Cumberland Drive and Saratoga Road.

District 3’s work will be in the Okeechobee Boulevard median. District 4’s will be on the sidewalk at Northlake Boulevard and Grassy Waters Preserve. And in the South End, District 5’s will be either at Phipps Park or the intersection of S. Dixie Highway and Gregory Road, still to be determined.

Science center to add brain center, thanks to 100k donation

Rendering of the upcoming exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” (Contributed by: Science Center)

This, from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium:

The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation, headed by Science Center Board member Dr. David J. S. Nicholson, has made a $100,000 gift to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium to name its recently-completed multipurpose center building.

The new 5,000-square-foot building will be called The Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center. It will serve as headquarters for several STEM science education programs as well as host School District senior staff meetings, meetings of the STEM Advisory Council and other related functions. Set between a large park meadow and a pond edge, the Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center has been designed to become the “hub of the hub” for the Science Center’s efforts to serve as the anchor coordinating institution for informal science education in Palm Beach County.

The education center features classroom environments suitable for workshops and creative spaces with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer coding and programming spaces.

The funds contributed by the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation to name this center will be added to funds already raised to construct the Science Center’s new permanent exhibit, Journey Through the Human Brain, a $2 million project in partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s newly-created Brain Institute, headed by Dr. Randy Blakely.

The Science Center’s new Journey Through the Human Brain exhibit will take a bottom-up approach to telling the story of the human brain, from the molecular and cellular level to the integrated circuitry that creates hopes, fears and memories. According to Science Center leadership, the goal is to break ground early next year on the exhibit which will be comprised of four galleries.

2) Dr. David J. S. Nicholson and Dr. Robert Avossa, Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, pose at a recent South Florida Science Center and Aquarium event (Photo: CAPEHART).

The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation was formed in 1992 in memory of William John Stiles and William Nicholson, the father and step-father of David John Stiles Nicholson, with the mission to improve and enhance the education of citizens to better understand the benefits of the free enterprise system and how best to cope and succeed in the real world.