Top 10 things you need to know this December in Boca Raton


 Create natural ornaments at Gumbo Limbo from 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Create ornaments and decorations with holiday themes from shells, sea beans, and pinecones, and colorful craft supplies. Materials are provided. The event is for kids 7 years and older. Children under 18 must participate with an adult. Reservations required. Cost is $7 for residents/members or $10 for non-residents/non-members.

 Dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus or Hanukkah Harry for Jingle Jam on Dec. 7. From 5-11 p.m. at Mizner Park, enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and drinks during the 1st Annual Jingle Jam Fest presented by Vinsane. The event is ticketed and patrons must be 18 years to jam and 21 to drink.

 Spend your Sunday with Brunch, Beats, and Brass at Mizner Park Amphitheater’s Sunday Jazz Brunch on Dec. 8. Soak up some sunshine, Jazzy tunes and come hungry, for brunch food trucks, and a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. Jazz Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to attend.

 The city of Boca Raton will host “FAU Merry Tuba Christmas” concert at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Enjoy a tradition of holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums, started by Indiana University Professor Harvey G. Phillips. FAU’s Band Program brings this tradition to the Boca Raton community for its ninth annual presentation. Outdoor event, bring chairs or blankets. Free to attend. Chairs will also be for rent inside the venue for $5 cash.

 The ultimate free festival for vegans, VegFest returns from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Mizner Park. The festival will feature lawn games, vegan food vendors and shopping. There will be a variety of vendors selling yoga apparel, tea, essential oils, jewelry, skincare, and more.

 Catch The Music Man at the Wick Theatre. Tony award-nominee John Tartaglia and Julie Kleiner star in this romantic musical comedy which has been entertaining audiences since 1957. This six-time Tony Award-winning musical runs through Dec. 26 with  2 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. evening performances.

 The Boca Raton Public Library will soon have a new library mobile van thanks to a donation from the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library totaling  $77,075. After library staff presented the idea to the Friends, the Board voted unanimously to fund the majority of the cost for the vehicle. The new van will provide library materials, resources and services to residents without access to traditional library buildings due to mobility, transportation, and/or socio-economic limitations.

 Lynn University’s Friends of the Conservatory of Music will hold its 17th annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Boca Resort. Listen to holiday classics performed by the Lynn Philharmonia. The annual event raises scholarship funds for the Conservatory’s deserving and talented student musicians from all over the world. Tickets $35.

 The City of Boca Raton’s Utility Services Department was recently honored with a top award at the 2019 Executive Management Conference by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). The department was recognized as one of the 15 AMWA Sustainable Water Utility Management Award winners for it’s In-City Reclamation Irrigation System (IRIS) project in which the system provides reclaimed water for irrigation to several area parks, commercial green spaces such as golf courses, residential lawns and landscaping.

 Boca West Children’s Foundation is raffling off a package for the Super Bowl LIV, happening in Miami on Feb. 2. The package includes two tickets to the big game near midfield between the 40-yard lines, limo service to and from the Hard Rock Stadium, and a $400 gift card for dinner at the restaurant of the winner’s choice. Raffle tickets are $100 and a winner will be selected for every 500 tickets sold. The drawing will be held on Jan. 10 and winners do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit the Boca West Children’s Foundation. To purchase raffle tickets, mail a check made to Boca West Children’s Foundation to Boca West Children’s Foundation, P.O. Box 3070, Boca Raton, FL 33431 or to pay by credit card, visit and put a note in the “Additional Comments” box that says, “Superbowl Raffle Tickets.” Ticket stubs will be mailed.