Immobility study? West Palm explores how to ease parking crunch

(Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

 

This, from the office of Mayor Jeri Muoio:

As a next step in West Palm Beach’s mobility study, city planners are reaching out to merchants and other downtown groups for their ideas on easing downtown parking problems.

According to the Mayor’s Office, city planners recently met to discuss availability and affordability of parking downtown. They are evaluating policy changes to manage demand, especially during events and tourist season.

Consultant Sam Schwartz, retained by Alta Planning + Design, which is conducting the mobility study, is completing an initial report on parking. The report summarizes the existing situation, best practices in parking management,  alternative transportation options, how many parking spaces are available, demand, and what downtown residents and business owners said.

To learn more about the city’s mobility study, visit www.wpbmobility.com.

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:

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Best photos by the best photographers, on display downtown

A 2015 Photographer of the Year International winner: A protester takes shelter from tear gas canisters exploding around him in Ferguson, Missouri. On this night protesters attempted to throw Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles at police. This was the fourth straight night police used tear gas to disperse crowds protesting the death of Michael Brown. (David Carson/St Louis Post-Dispatch/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 3rd Annual Best in Show Festival is showcasing pictures and photojournalists honored at the annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Competition, the world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competition.

The mission of the competition, based at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, is to recognize excellence in documentary photography and photojournalism.

Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at 415 Clematis St. For more information, visit http://www.workshop.org. The exhibit is open through mid-August.

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.

Local artists named for West Palm’s Aesop’s Tables outdoor art exhibition

Art by Tiffani Beasi.

West Palm Beach will display 25 picnic tables painted by local artists, depicting colorful and distinctive interpretations of Aesop’s Fables, as part of the city’s annual Summer in Paradise promotion on the waterfront.

The art exhibition, Aesop’s Tables, will introduce the talents of 19 local artists, based on such themes as The Lion and the Mouse, Tortoise and the Hare.

The following artists won a competition to bring Aesop’s Tables to life:

 Steve Brouse, West Palm Beach; Mayling Pao, West Palm Beach; Candice Carpentieri, Wellington; Tiffany Beasi, West Palm Beach; Anthony Burks, West Palm Beach; Jason Fleurant, West Palm Beach; Patricia Maldonado, West Palm Beach;  Frank Navarrete, Loxahatchee;  Agata Ren, Boca Raton; Craig McInnis, West Palm Beach; Erick Marquez, West Palm Beach;  Peggie Batia Lowenberg, Boca Raton; Nicole Galluccio, Lake Worth; Sharon Halupka White, Delray Beach; Karla Smith, Boca Raton; Sylvain Copon, West Palm Beach; Holly Rutchey, West Palm Beach; Missy Pierce, Boca Raton; and Sharon Gail Koskoff, Delray Beach.

(Two of the artists are giving free classes this summer at the Mandel Public Library downtown, 411 Clematis St. Anthony Burks is teaching Colored Pencil Art, on Thursday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the library’s Clematis Room. Miniature Art with artist Missy Pierce is on Wednesday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.)

For more information about Aesop’s Tables and Summer in Paradise, visit wpb.org/events. To watch the artists paint, stop by the West Palm Beach waterfront from May 23 through May 25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.