Top 10 Things You Need To Know In Boca Raton This May

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  1. The Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is holding its Business Awards Luncheon on May 24 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The luncheon will recognize Ami and Arnie Zak of Unique Gifts & Premiums for “Small Business Leaders of the Year,” John Tolbert of the Boca Raton Resort & Club as “Business Leader of the Year,” and Bluegreen Vacations as “Business of the Year.”
  2.  Councilman Scott Singer is the city’s new Deputy Mayor and Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke is the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board chair. Councilwoman Monica Mayotte will serve as the CRA Vice-Chair and voting delegate to the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Councilman Jeremy Rodgers and Mayor Susan Haynie will be representatives to the Transportation Planning Association. And Councilman Rodgers will be the representative to Interlocal Plan Review Amendment Committee.
  3.  The American Association of Caregiving Youth is recognizing Jan Dymtrow during its Caregiving Youth Graduation Brunch on May 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Broken Sound Club. For more information call 561-391-7401.
  4.  Faulk Center for Counseling is observing mental health awareness month with two events. The first is a butterfly release on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free to attend at the Faulk Center. Of the 50+ butterflies, 17 will be released in memory of the students and teachers who lost their lives in Parkland. The second event is a yoga fundraiser at Barkan Method Hot Yoga with Lisa Rome-Steiner on May 20 at 2:15 p.m. The event cost $25, which is a donation to the Faulk Center. Call 561-483-5300 for more information on either event.
  5.  Boca Raton Public Library is supporting Small Business Week by launching “Libraries Mean Business” from April 29-May 5. The library will hold classes all week at both locations. Highlights include: “Building a Successful Business at Any Age” and “Easy to do Business with the City of Boca Raton.” Register for these free programs through the calendar at bocalibrary.org.
  6.  Boca Raton was named one of the 10 Best Places to Visit in 2018 by livability.com. The website’s editors looked at more than 2,000 cities across the country before narrowing the list down to 10 places. Criteria included the city’s entertainment industry, cultural offerings and number of golf courses and parks, along with ease of transportation, crime rates, and average hot and cold temperatures throughout the year.
  7.  Especially for Kids returns for the fourth year to Sugar Sand Park on May 19. The free event is for kids with special needs and abilities and their families. Enjoy exclusive access to the park “after hours” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. including carousel rides and the Children’s Science Explorium, art activities, glitter tattoos, dancing, resource fair exhibitors, food and more. Sound modifications, limited registrations and a quiet room will be available. Pre-registration is required for all family members. www.sugarsandpark.org/special-needs-programs.
  8.  The Camino Real Bridge is closed for approximately one year as it undergoes a $9 million rehabilitation. The new bridge will have a similar architectural design, the same clearance height and a similar railing. The bridge tender’s house, however, will be moved to the north side of the bridge, and the width of the bridge will be slightly wider, allowing for increased room for bicyclists and pedestrians. Construction will take place Monday- Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General questions about the bridge project can be directed to Palm Beach County Project Manager, Sandra Ospina, sospina@pbcgov.org at 561-684-4150.
  9.  Jerry’s Girls is at The Wick through May 13. Renowned for shows such as Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles, Herman created an array of iconic feme powerhouse characters. In Jerry’s Girls, The Wick celebrates the composer’s classic productions and honors the 40-plus female stars who have appeared in his musicals over the years. The show is directed by Lee Roy Reams and features internationally acclaimed star Susan Anton along with Klea Blackhurst, Julie Kavanaugh and Lauren Sprague. For tickets or more information, www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333.
  10.  PJ Library is hosting its Grandparents & Special Friends Celebration on May 2. All Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to delve into and celebrate their important Jewish grandparenting role over breakfast (dietary laws observed) at 10:00 am at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s west Boca campus at 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard. Breakfast costs $36 per person. RSVP at jewishboca.org/pjgrand