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

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  1. Food Truck Fridays is headed to Countess DeHoernle Park on May 3. Grab lunch from your favorite food truck between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and enjoy a musical performance while you eat. The park is located at 1000 Spanish River Boulevard. For more information, visit www.myboca.us/specialevents.
  2.  Faulk Center for Counseling is holding its 3rd annual Butterfly Release from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Center, 22455 Boca Rio Road. Early detection and treatment of mental health problems is essential to an individual’s overall health and well-being. Like the transformation of a butterfly representing change, rebirth and renewal, individuals who seek help from the Faulk Center for Counseling learn to think differently, feel healthier and live happier. The first release will take place at 5 p.m. and a second at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Advance donations of $25 or more reserve a butterfly to be personally released at the event, which is limited to the first 100 donations. All donations support children and teen programs provided by the Faulk Center. Pre-registration required. Call Ali Rubin at 561-483-5300 or register at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Butterflies_for_mental_health.
  3.  The Boca Raton Chamber is hosting its Business Awards Luncheon from 11:45 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on May 24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Great Hall. Award recipients include: Plastridge Insurance Agency, Business of the Century; Sal Saldana of Town Center at Boca Raton, Business Leader of the Year; and Roxanna Scaffidi of Florida Accounting and Advisers, Small Business Leader of the Year. Tickets start at $95 per person.
  4.  Florida Atlantic University was recently named the No. 11 RN nursing school program out of 154 accredited nursing schools in Florida by RegisteredNursing.org in its 3rd Annual State RN Program Rankings.
  5.  The Chiera Family Foundation will be chipping, dipping and margarita sipping on Cinco de Mayo at the Polo Club. The foundation is hosting a fiesta and golf classic fundraiser to help kids and young adults battling cancer. The golf tournament will take place May 6 at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Guests attending on May 5 will enjoy a real Fiesta starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner with entertainment provided by a live Mariachi Band. The Chiera Family Foundation began as a tribute to the family’s patriarch Nick Chiera who passed away from cancer. Proceeds will directly support the foundation’s three programs: N.I.C.K.’s (Nothing is Impossible for Cancer Kids) Camp, N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships and N.I.C.K.’s Golf.  Each summer, the foundation sends 150 kids to experience N.I.C.K.’s Camp at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis while N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships offers young adults a chance to attend the college of their choice. The foundation also offers a program to teach kids who are undergoing chemotherapy how to golf through The First Tee of Broward. In March, through a generous grant from The Florida Panthers Foundation, a new program was also started called N.I.C.K.’s Ice Skating. Taking place at the Panther’s IceDen, kids fighting cancer and their siblings are learning to ice skate. Individual tickets are $250 https://www.chierafamilyfoundation.org/events/.
  6.  Iconic Italian restaurant Il Mulino has a Boca Raton pop-up location at 451 E. Palmetto Park Road through July. The restaurant will serve authentic Abruzzo-inspired cuisine with a focus on Mediterranean seafood and the New York restaurant’s signature dishes. The 90-seat restaurant has a 38-seat indoor dining room with a 12-seat bar, and a 40-seat outdoor patio.
  7.  The city of Boca will commemorate Memorial Day on May 27. From 9-10 a.m., veteran  groups and city officials will cater at the Boca Raton Cemetery. There will be music by the Fort Lauderdale Highlanders and drills by Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC and the Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guard. Admission is free.
  8.  The Indian River POPS Orchestra will give a free concert under the stars from 7-9 p.m. on May 27 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Boca is teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local non-profit, to offer an area where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and where goods may be donated to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers. Concertgoers can donate items at the event.
  9.  To recognize National High Blood Pressure Education month in May, the Boca Raton Public Library and FAU Medicine are teaming up to help people reduce their risk of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. In a free presentation, “High Blood Pressure Prevention” with Dr. Leonard Berkowitz, attendees will learn what hypertension is and what causes it; symptoms of hypertension to be on the lookout for; what to eat to reduce their risk of hypertension; and how to treat hypertension. The lecture takes place at 10:30 a.m. on May 22 at the Downtown Library. Dr. Berkowitz is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is lead physician at the new FAU Medicine Primary Care practice.
  10.  The city of Boca now has an Innovation Strategist on staff. Pedro Moras will promote innovation and the use of technology within the community. Additionally, Moras will work to develop and implement SMART City initiatives and collaborate with City staff to explore innovation in City operations.