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

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  1. Clarins has a pop-up store located in the Town Center Mall. The pop-up location will be open through the end of the year. Stop by for a touch-up, 30-minute facial treatment or to check out the new skin and body care.
  2.  The Boca Raton Beautification Committee recently announced the winners of the Annual Landscape Excellence Awards at Boca Raton City Hall with a luncheon for award winners, sponsors and the committee, sponsored by Lang Realty and Lang Management, that followed. Each year, the Committee honors local businesses for landscaping efforts in several different categories. The recognition encourages businesses, homeowners associations and schools in the city limits to improve their landscaping and add to the beauty of Boca Raton. Winners included The Banyans at Broken Sound, Handal Plastic Surgery, Boca Winds Apartments, Camino Real Apartments and Boca Storage.
  3.  Catch Purple Madness, A Tribute to Prince on Aug. 3 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The free show is part of the city’s Summer in the City series. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs or rent a chair for $5.
  4.  Billy Joel fans can head to Mizner Park Amphitheater on Aug. 10 for Turnstiles, a Billy Joel tribute show. The free show is part of the city’s Summer in the City series. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs or rent a chair for $5.
  5.  The final event in the city’s Summer in the City series is The Symphonia Swings. By Symphonia Boca Raton, the free show will feature swings and sings tunes by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald. Kyle Prescott will be on the podium joined by vocalists. The show begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m.
  6.  Researchers at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute are one of only four sites nationally to be investigating the effectiveness of using engineered polio virus in the treatment of patients with an aggressive brain tumor – glioblastoma (GBM) multiforme – that has been refractory to conventional chemotherapy and/or radiation. The minimally invasive procedure requires a one to two day hospital stay. The trial has been designated as “breakthrough therapy” by the Federal Drug Administration, which is meant to expedite the development of medications that have shown preliminary signs of clinical efficacy in patients in early clinical studies. The modified polio virus PVSRIPO doesn’t cause polio, but infects different call types present in brain tumors, including malignant cells and immune cells that infiltrate the tumor.
  7.  Head to the Downtown Library this month to see “Visions of Florida” an art exhibit by Ana Hentze. Born in Mexico City, Hentze has been a resident of Florida since 1998. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and is an avid designer for commercial architecture. She creates art using batik, oil on paper, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and textiles. Her themes include wildlife, flowers, the ocean and magical creatures. Vibrant colors create a link to her native culture of Mexico. This free exhibit is open during regular library hours through Aug. 26.
  8.  Boca Raton was listed as No. 7 out of the Top 10 Best Ocean Beach Towns in America to live in from a study conduced by WalletHub. Data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water.
  9.  The School District of Palm Beach County is an A-rated district, and has the highest number of District-operated “A” schools when compared with other large urban school districts. According to school grades released by the Florida Department of Education, the District ranks highest in Florida on total number of points earned when compared with other large urban districts. The District also was highest among its peer districts in math achievement, science achievement, math learning gains for all students and high school graduation rate. Overall, 71 District-operated schools earned A’s from the state, and 36 District-operated schools earned B’s. Sixty-five percent of all District-operated schools can boast A and B ratings, a 4 percentage point increase from the 2016-2017 school year.
  10.  Boca West Children’s Foundation provided grants and volunteers to 24 local, nonprofit children’s organizations so that 1,200 underserved kids could attend six different summer programs. The summer programs included a five-week tennis camp held at Boca West Country Club, a two-week golf program, also held at the Club, called Hook A Kid On Golf, FAU’s Summer Band Camp, Summer Strings at Lynn University, Camp Wewa, Camp KAVOD, which serves disabled kids and Ball Stars Youth Camp, a basketball camp run by former NBA players.