Council Corner End Of Year Wrap-Up

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By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper
It is amazing how fast this year is flying by! We weathered our first hurricane in a dozen years and are no worse for the wear (more or less). FEMA has stepped in to help residents who were impacted by the storm and the municipalities will be calculating their claims for potential federal reimbursement.
As we look ahead, the month of December is jam packed with activities. My personal favorite is the annual holiday parade, now in its 47th year!
So you don’t miss out, here’s a partial list of the events planned for this month.
Lunch on the Lawn was such a success in the fall that it will return on consecutive Fridays (December 1st, 8th and 15th). Bring you lunch enjoy the fare offered by the food trucks that will be in the Mizner Park Amphitheatre from 11AM – 4PM.
The 47th Annual Holiday Parade will return on Wednesday December 6th. The parade, which kicks of at 7:30PM from SE 5th Street will run north along Federal Hwy, terminating at Mizner Park Amphitheatre. There are abundant places along the route to watch in addition to bleachers at Sanborn Square Park (opposite old Town Hall).
On Sunday December 10th the 15th Annual Lynn University Gingerbread Holiday Concert will be held in the Great Hall at Boca Raton Resort & Club from 2-4PM. This is a ticketed event, which raises scholarship funds for the conservatory’s deserving and talented student musicians. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: https://www.lynn.edu/events/gingerbread-holiday-concert-20171210-200pm
Also on the Sunday is another family favorite, the FAU Tuba Christmas. The free show starts at 5PM at Mizner Park Amphitheatre. Feel free to bring your chairs or blankets for seating or, for your convenience, chairs can be rented for $5 cash. Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue. No outside food or beverages are allowed. The show is rain or shine.
On Friday December 15th the teams playing in the Boca Raton Bowl will arrive. The “home” team from Conference-USA will be staying at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The team match-ups will be announced on Sunday December 3rd.
On Saturday December 16th the 41st Annual Boat Parade will begin at 6:30PM at the C-15 Canal on the Intracoastal Waterway and proceed south, through Lake Boca. Watch for notices on the bridge openings along the parade route. Bleachers will be set up on the “Wildflower” park for viewing.
On Monday December 18th community pep rally for the “home” team from Conference-USA will be held at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre with the marching band parading through Mizner Park.
On Tuesday December 19th it’s the “big game!” The 4th playing of the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium begins at 7PM. There will be a “fan-zone” for family fund on the FAU grounds on Tuesday afternoon.
This year the Bowl will feature teams from the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA. Last year C-USA champion Western Kentucky bested Memphis, 51-31. The three past Boca Raton Bowl champions, Marshall, Toledo and WKU combined to go 34-6 in years they won the game. Get your tickets at: https://www.thebocaratonbowl.com
On Friday December 22nd another family favorite, the City of Boca Raton presents The Polar Express movie and activities at Mizner Park Amphitheatre (under the stars). Doors open at 4:30PM with family friendly activities and the free movie will begin at 5:30PM. Feel free to bring your chairs or blankets for seating or, for your convenience, chairs can be rented for $5 cash. Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue. No outside food or beverages are allowed. The show is rain or shine.
As you can see, December is jam packed with holiday fun. But don’t forget the Festival of the Arts returns for the 11th year in February. With guest artists including Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Pearlman and Bill Murray (too name but a few) and a presentation of ET The Extraterrestrial, with full live orchestration provided by The Symphonia Boca Raton, you will not want to miss out. Tickets are on sale for the series or by individual event at: https://www.festivaloftheartsboca.org
Wishing you and your family a safe holiday season!