Hey Buddy, can you spare a bassoon?

Dreyfoos School of the Arts needs three bassoons, two tubas, three euphoniums, four French horns, a flugelhorn, bass clarinet and a five octave marimba. In all, the school’s band needs $84,000 worth of instruments.

So, on Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Emko Palm Beach is hosting a benefit. Admission is free at the venue, at 2119 S. Dixie Hwy. and there’ll be jazz, concert band and percussion performances.

Dine in EMKO’s Jereve Restaurant and some of the proceeds will benefit the DSOA Band. Please reference the DSOA Band when making dining reservations: 561-227-3511.

Dreyfoos is a public high school that provides an advanced arts curriculum. Its Band Department serves 140 high school students in grades 9-12 and is  in dire need of instruments.

The band also accepts donations of used instruments. Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a nonprofit that targets music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources, will be on hand to collect gently used instruments. They have committed to funding the refurbishment of these instruments, preparing them to be placed in the hands of children in need.

Euphonium? No, I pocket-dialed.


Greene school adds robot to staff

Greene School 3rd Grader Lillie Kniskern talks about an assignment with Satya Rabb, on screen. (contributed)


The Greene School has added a robot to its staff, in a manner of speaking.

School officials say that Doublebot — a rolling, “Sheldon Cooper-like” robot with an iPad for a head — is used to let children who are sick at home call in to be part of a class if they’re up to it.

4th Grader Phoenix Unzuela hangs out with onscreen classmate Bianca Zapatier.

The pre-K to 6th grade school opened in 2016 at 2001 S. Dixie Highway.

Students from the school will showcase their talents in art and dance on March 2 for parents, family and the public at Persson Hall, at the Kravis Center on Okeechobee Boulevard.

General seating is $5. Tickets may be purchased through the Kravis Center Box Office. Online: https://max.kravis.org/websales/ ; Box Office Phone: 561-832-7469

For information about the school, visit www.thegreeneschool.com.

Oxbridge uses SMARTS — Science, Math, Arts, to design mini golf course

Oxbridge Academy students try out a nine-hole miniature golf course designed and executed by math and arts classes. (Tony Doris / The Palm Beach Post)

Oxbridge Academy students have been playing miniature golf during school hours. But with the best of intentions.

More than 100 students at the high school on Military Trail participated in a project to design and build a nine-hole course using their SMARTS — science, math and arts — skills.

Some used geometry and the Pythagorean Theorum to design layouts and calculate proper placement of tee pads and holes. Others scaled up the blueprints to size. Woodshop skills came into play. Science students instructed sculpture students  about the physics behind simple mechanics.

The course, set in grass behind the main building, includes holes themed as a beach and lighthouse, a Hawaiian volcano, Dutch windmill, and the Eiffel Tower with the Great Wall of China.

Sculpture teacher and chair of visual arts Sarah Knouse, and math teacher Sheri Viggiano led students through the project. Prominent professional golf course designer Tom Fazio II, whose daughter attends the school, also consulted, and participated in Friday’s ribbon-cutting.

Fazio said that as a student he always complained about having to learn math and thinking he’d never use it. As it turned out, his work requires knowledge of architecture, engineering, building and math. “I use it every day,” he said.

Tom Fazio II

Taste of science, as chocolate show comes to museum


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.


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.

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.



Museum event: It’s not drinking — it’s science!


This release, from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium:

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and BarWars LLC are hosting MolecuBar on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Explore the flavor profiles and chemical reactions behind your favorite cocktails:

  • View interactive mixology demos.
  • Sample bites with local flair.
  • Kahlua Karaoke in the Planetarium, raffles, bar tricks and more.

Advance tickets: $20 general admission, $45 VIP.

At the door: $25 general admission, $50 VIP.

Click HERE to purchase general admission. Click HERE to purchase VIP.

VIP includes an interactive mixology workshop with BarWars L.L.C. and VIP exclusive goody bag.

For questions, email events@sfsciencecenter.org or call 561-370-7740

Tropical wetland garden breaks ground at Mounts Botanical



Windows on the Floating World: Tropical Wetland Garden is scheduled for groundbreaking at 11 a.m. tomorrow Friday) at Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.

The new garden will feature a series of see-through walkways and permanent and changing aquatic plant displays that will allow visitors to feel and connect to the tropical wetlands around them.

 “The immersive installation of Windows on the Floating World will reveal a full spectrum of the Tropical Wetland Garden at Mounts,” says Ron Rice, Director, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension. “Boardwalks, benches and displays constructed over and around the wetlands will allow visitors to relax, reflect, and learn about ecology and our critical need to conserve and protect fresh water.”


Expected to open in Spring 2017 and designed by artists Mags Harries and Lajos Héder, in collaboration with Wantman Group’s landscape designers, Windows on the Floating World will feature transparent, open-gridded, 4-foot wide walkways on the surface of the wetlands to give visitors the feeling of walking on water. Within these walks are four “windows” that will be planted with aquatics and changed out with rotating and seasonal botanical exhibits growing from submerged containers. Additional highlights will include waterfalls flowing over natural stone, an area for wading birds, and a wall covered with Bromeliads, offering some of the best foliage colors in the plant kingdom.

“Most importantly, our Windows on the Floating World Tropical Wetland Garden will be a place for demonstration and education,” says Rochelle Wolberg, Interim Operations Manager and Director of Programs at Mounts. “For school children and their teachers, it will be an exceptional model to educate on water quality and usage, and the role each one of us can play in water conservation.”


Clematis by night spotlights after-school programs



Prime Time Palm Beach County (Prime Time), a nonprofit that aims to foster high quality after-school programs,  will host its 12th Annual Lights On Afterschool Palm Beach County event with family-friendly activities at Clematis by Night on Oct. 20.

Families and children will gather to advocate for after-school programs and participate in fun and educational activities. Mayor Jeri Muoio will welcome guests and present a proclamation declaring Oct. 20 Lights On Afterschool Day.

The program, on the West Palm Beach waterfront, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.



Down to the bell for Greene School opening


Billionaire Jeff Greene’s new elementary school on South Dixie Highway, scheduled to open Wednesday, doesn’t have its certificate of occupancy but school spokesman Elliot Cohen said it received its temporary C-O from the city late Tuesday afternoon, in time for an evening open house meeting with parents.

The Pre-K-to 4th-grade school, which has about 50 students enrolled, was expected to open on time, Cohen said.

Contractors have been working down to the wire to get the former car dealership transformed in time for opening day. But according to the city’s Development Services Department, by mid-afternoon Greene’s people hadn’t yet requested the city inspections required for a C-O. No C-O, no classes.

Development Services Director Rick Greene, no relation to Jeff, said his department was ready to jump when the developer said the building is ready, but inspections of the various building systems take time and the clock was ticking down toward the scheduled opening.

At 5:10 p.m.,Cohen called to say the school had received its temporary C-O.


Free backpacks and school supplies to start the year

Roosevelt Elementary School students shown at last year’s backpack giveaway event.

 Lawfirm Akerman LLP joined with Dixon Ticonderoga Company, maker of the iconic No. 2 pencil, to donate backpacks filled with school supplies this week to nearly 500 students in-need at Roosevelt Elementary School.

As the third annual backpack event, the donations have benefited nearly 1,700 children in the School District of Palm Beach County.


“Many schools across Palm Beach County lack the basic items critical to classroom success,” said Beth Alcalde, managing partner of Akerman’s Palm Beach County offices. “These supplies make it possible for children in need to begin the school year with confidence and focus on their learning.”

Roosevelt students received the supply-filled backpacks during a celebration of education and creativity on Aug. 30. The youngest participated in an arts and crafts session to show their gratitude to their families, teachers, school district leaders and donors in attendance.