Back-to-school community health fair Aug. 5

Dr. Litzrudy Justinvil, Health Fair Committee Chair for T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, and Dr. Oneka Marriott.

The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and FoundCare, Inc. will partner to host the 17th Annual Back-to-School Community Health Fair Aug. 5  at FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Ave.

The fair is designed to offer free health services and education for the community. Guest speakers, immunizations, screenings, physicals, dental checkups and more will be provided for the whole family from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and participants must register on site for services no later than noon.

Services offered to children include back-to-school physicals and immunizations for infants from two months old up to 18 years old (parents must bring immunization records for their children). Demonstrations of proper car seat installation will take place on site, as well. Experts will discuss several topics throughout the day, including behavioral health, hospice care, diabetes and more.

Doctors and nurse practitioners will be offering pap smears and breast exams, as well as screenings for vision, diabetes, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and HIV. In addition, interested families who participate in the free medical screenings will receive backpacks filled with school supplies.

 

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.

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.

Coming events: 4th on Flagler, block parties and “Forecast Extreme”

Fireworks light up the waterfront. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Fourth on Flagler, one of South Florida’s largest Independence Day events, returns to the waterfront Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The free event will feature a military honor ceremony, larger-than-life games like human foosball and giant Jenga, as well as an art exhibition, live music, and an 18-minute fireworks display.

Guests can also tee-off on the tropical-themed Glow-Fore-It, a 9-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course along the Intracoastal Waterday.Children can also create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters in StoryVille or engage in crafts and games. For a complete schedule, please visit: http://wpb.org/events.

Community members will gather for an in-depth discussion on the impact of the local opioid crisis Wednesday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, featured speakers are State Attorney David Aronberg and Alexa Lee, Director of Programs at the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition. They will discuss the growing issue of opioids use in Palm Beach County and how the community can help.

The event takes place at the Federation, 4601 Community Drive.

The Teens Unite! Summer Block Party Series brings together teens from West Palm’s many neighborhoods to socialize and enjoy the summer in a positive environment. The series, free for young men and women ages 12-to-18, runs every Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through July 29. Teens can enjoy free food, a video game truck, DJ, basketball, talent shows, pool parties, and dance parties.

The June 24 block party takes place at The Salvation Army; 600 N. Rosemary Ave. July 1 it’s at De George Boys & Girls Club; 4105 Pinewood Ave. Student ID is required. A dress code of ‘no hoodies and no hats’ will be enforced. Parents are welcome. For more information, contact Kevin Jones at 561-822-1413.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium presents “Forecast Extreme” June 24, in which local amateur radio groups prepare for hurricane season with kid-friendly, interactive activities. Safety and weather experts will give presentations, and children will have the opportunity to make weather-related arts and crafts. Guests will be able to interact with local HAM radio operators and see how these operators communicate. The program is from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the science museum, 4801 Dreher Trail North.

All activities are included with paid Science Center admission. Adults are $15, children ages 3-12 are $11, seniors ages 60 and up are $13 and members are free. For information, call 561-832-1988 or visit http://www.sfsciencecenter.org.

Festival del Mar at science museum June 17

Festival del Mar, on June 17, starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center. (contributed)

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, in partnership with the Caritas Smile Charity, invites locals to splash into sea science during the third annual Festival del Mar on Saturday, June 17.

The event aims to engage the local Latin American community and promote ocean conservation and education worldwide. The day will include cultural performances, arts and crafts, family Zumba, bilingual planetarium shows and a story time.

Festival del Mar also aims to encourage Latin Americans to pursue a career in a science field.

“Statistics show Latinos are significantly less likely to earn a degree in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields, compared to their Caucasian peers,” said Lew Crampton, museum president and CEO.

Caritas Smile surprises children in need with gifts at hospitals, schools and orphanages as well as offering service mission trips to Dominican Republic and Nicaragua for university students and volunteers called Take a Trip Change a Life. The charity empowers, educates and provides programming to communities around the globe.

Festival del Mar starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N. Admission is $15 for non-member adults and free for children under 12 and Science Center members. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission includes access to the latest traveling exhibit, Amazing Butterflies.

FOTOcamp for Kids summer sessions start soon

Palm Beach Photographic Centre will host three FOTOcamp for Kids sessions this summer.

“FOTOcamp is for anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 that has an interest in photography and/or computers, and who is inquisitive and likes adventure,” said Fatima NeJame, president and CEO of the center at 415 Clematis St. “It is the perfect opportunity for youngsters and teens to gain knowledge in all areas of photography, beginning with the basics of picture-taking using SLR digital cameras and progressing to state-of the-art digital imaging, at each participant’s own rate of speed.”

The two-week sessions run from June 12-23, July 10-21, and July 24-Aug. 4, all from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students are grouped by experience, from beginner to advanced. Students are issued digital SLR cameras and while exploring lens choices, lighting, and composition of photographs they will learn about photography and digital imaging.

All sessions will include a professional instructor and assistant, with opportunities for both individualized and group critiques for each student.

The price is $745 for Photo Centre members, $795 for nonmembers. To register, call 561-253-2600 or visit http://www.workshop.org.

 

Oxbridge seniors win internships with St. Louis Cardinals

Left to right: Jordan Bustabed, Larry Baio and Steven Ginsberg

This news release, from West Palm’s Oxbridge Academy:

Oxbridge Academy students have figured out a way to combine two of their passions: math and baseball for the ultimate summer internship. Seniors Jordan Bustabad of West Palm Beach and Steven Ginsberg of Palm Beach Gardens who have been hired as interns with St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team, the Palm Beach Cardinals.

The students were hired for their knowledge of sabermetrics, which they learned in their Honors Math Seminar Class at Oxbridge Academy taught by faculty member Larry Baio.

Luis Morales, assistant director of International Operations for The Cardinals, visited the Oxbridge sabermetrics class at the invitation of Baio.  He was impressed the students’ expertise on the Trackman software system which tracks and analyses hits in a baseball game, based on sabermetrics concepts they learned in the classroom.  He offered two internships for this summer and invited interested students to apply.  Bustabad and Ginsberg were selected to fill the positions.

“As a math teacher, it’s rewarding to see students get excited to apply a math concept they learned in my class into the real world and, in this case, earn an internship which can help them in their future academic and career pursuits,” Baio said.

At each of the Palm Beach Cardinals farm team games at Roger Dean Stadium from April through September Bustabad and Ginsberg will be stationed in the stadium’s press area, recording the speed, location and trajectory of the ball each time a batter connects with the ball. They will then analyze the resulting data and, per Major League Baseball protocol, share it with both the home and visiting teams.

 

Ginsberg said, “At Oxbridge our teachers help us see how what we are learning has real world applications. This is a perfect example of that concept.  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to use what I learned in math class in an internship that will be both fun and helpful for my future.”

 

Art glass show coming downtown

Taylor Materio

Downtown West Palm Beach will host Glass Quest 2017 next month, a weekend of education, inspiration and engagement for art glass enthusiasts.

The conference will feature presentations, exhibitions, roundtable discussions and more from glass visionaries and industry leaders.

Glass Quest 2017 is produced by McMow Art Glass and Wardell Products. Event sponsors include the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, Bullseye Glass Co., Habatat Galleries and Jen-Ken Kilns. It will take place May 26 – 28 at 522 Clematis St.

“Glass Quest 2017 will give local artists the opportunity to network and learn about the evolving world of art glass from industry leaders from around the world,” said Taylor Materio, Creative Director of McMow Art Glass.

For the Glass Quest 2017 agenda or to register, visit www.mcmow.com. Registration for the conference is $350 and includes all workshops and activities.

Free STD/HIV testing today in West Palm Beach

On Tuesday, April 25, Planned Parenthood health centers are offering free STD/HIV testing in Palm Beach County, Miami and the Treasure Coast. As part of a national campaign, ‘Get Yourself Tested’ month is an effort to normalize STD testing and urge people to have open, honest communication around sexually transmitted infections and ways to stay safe.

The West Palm Beach location for testing is the West Palm Beach Health Center, which will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is at 931 Village Blvd., Suite 904 (in the Publix shopping center).

This is also a good time to talk to teens about STD prevention. In Palm Beach County, teens 17 and under can always get an STD/HIV test free of charge at Planned Parenthood health centers. Planned Parenthood also offers educational programs for parents where they can learn best practices for talking to kids about sexuality and safe sex.

 

Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections. In fact, out of all Florida counties, Miami-Dade and Broward continue to stand at number 1 and 2 respectively in the U.S. in new HIV infections, according to state and federal data.

Palm Beach County saw a nearly a 30 percent spike in these STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) from 2009 to 2014, increasing from 4,972 cases to 6,419.

 

For more information, please visit www.ppsenfl.org.

After turbulence, transition, Oxbridge plans leadership succession

Head of School John Klemme, left, shown celebrating the February opening for the Oxbridge Academy Writing and Reading Center. (Contributed by Wordsmith Communications)

 

Oxbridge Academy Head of School John Klemme, promoted to the post in 2016 after previous leader Bob Parsons left in scandal, will step down in June 2018 to return to teaching English at the private high school.

Oxbridge trustees plan to conduct “a worldwide search” to fill the job, the school announced Wednesday.

Klemme, who is 67, was a founding member of the faculty in 2011 and was promoted to academic dean and then to head of school.

The school revamped its leadership last year, after reporting by The Palm Beach Post prompted Palm Beach billionaire Bill Koch, the school’s founder, to order an internal investigation. Parsons, the founding CEO and president, hand-picked by Koch, was fired.

Past and present employees at the time described a working atmosphere fraught with firings, high turnover, accusations of sexual harassment and an emphasis tilting from academics to athletics.

Klemme was moved up as a steadying hand for the school.

“Serving as Head of School at Oxbridge has been an honor and an incredible experience for me both personally and professionally,” Klemme said. “But ultimately my heart belongs in the classroom, with the students, and sharing my passion for English studies. In addition, my announcement at this time allows a deliberate process to go forward in the coming months to identify a leader for the school who can serve Oxbridge ideally for the next decade and beyond. I look forward to continuing my teaching career here at Oxbridge.”

“John Klemme has done a remarkable job of sustaining the academic excellence that makes Oxbridge so unique,” said David Rosow, president of the Board of Trustees and CEO. “The proof lies with the outstanding list of top-tier college acceptances by our graduating class this year,”  he said. “We are eager to start our search process and welcome a new head of school who will continue to raise the bar and lead the Oxbridge community for many years to come.”