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

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  1. Catch Marta Sanders in Follow Me on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. The show is past of the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret at Lincoln Center comes to Live at Lynn. Sanders returns in a globetrotting performance exploring her twin passions: New York – and the rest of the world. With musical director John McMahon on piano, Sanders interweaves songs of travel, merriment and transition. Tickets cost $40.
  2. The 11th bi-annual hotworks.org Boca Raton Fine Art Show will return to downtown Boca at Sanborn Square Park on Jan. 26-27. The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. More than 160 artists will have their offerings on display and for sale. Mediums include paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry and photography. There will also be a Budding Artist competition is integrated within the event. Young artists in grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 are invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art. The competition gives young artists an opportunity to learn the rules of being part of a professional art show. The deadline for youth art entries is Jan. 3. A Budding Artist Competition application is available at www.hotworks.org. Please mail applications to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL 34230. The application fee is $3 per entry; with up to two entries per student accepted. There is a cash prize for four winners.
  3. The SYMPHONIA will hold its second concert in the Marleen Forkas Connoisseur Concert Series on Jan. 6 at Saint Andrew’s School. The performance will feature Kensho Watanabe as guest conductor and David Kim as violin soloist. The program includes: Bach Violin Concerto in E major, Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D major, Massenet “Meditation” from Thaïs and Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, op. 70. The Concert will begin at 3 p.m. and will include a Pre-Concert Conversation with the conductor at 2 p.m. In addition, the weekend will include a rehearsal luncheon with the guest conductor and Meet the Orchestra for children. The rehearsal luncheon is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 4 at Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Boulevard. Admission is $35. The Meet the Orchestra will take place on Jan. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will feature a live dress rehearsal and instrument petting zoo.  Tickets and information on programs is available at thesymphonia.org.
  4. The City of Boca Raton recently received the highest recognition in government accounting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). For the 35th  consecutive year, the City received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2018 and for the 36th consecutive year, received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR in 2017. Both certificates reflect the commitment of the City and its Financial Services Department to consistently provide full transparency and fiscal responsibility to the community giving residents the most comprehensive information about how their tax dollars are distributed.
  5. Palm Beach VegFest will head to Mizner Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 12. The event is free and will feature 90 vendors, lawn games, live DJ and The Ultimate Series of Vegan Events.  Palm Beach VegFest is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring delicious and local plant-based food and educate the community about the benefits of healthy eating.
  6. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter, will host its 36th Annual MS Gala Luncheon on Jan. 25 at  Boca West Country Club. Money raised from the event will fund cutting-edge research and provide programs and services for more than 8,500 South Floridians living with multiple sclerosis. During the luncheon, the Society will present the MS Hope Award – the Society’s highest volunteer award – to Lisa and Michael Kaufman. The luncheon will include a cocktail reception, Neiman Marcus fashion show, silent auction and raffle prizes.
  7. Enjoy Lunch on the Lawn at Mizner Park on Jan. 4 from 11:30-2 p.m. There will be various food trucks amidst picnic tables, misting machines and subtle background music.
  8. Shakespeare in the Park returns to Mizner Park from Jan. 25-27. Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public. Shakespeare Miami brings Romeo + Juliet to Mizner Park Amphitheater for its 3rd annual performance. Great for all ages and cultures this weekend long run of free performances tells the story that we all know and love, Romeo + Juliet.
  9. The Boca Raton Public Library’s signature initiative for 2019 is Cultural Connections. Throughout 2019, the library will promote a wider awareness of the cultural diversity in our community and provide opportunities for people to connect and share.
  10. Catch Funny Girl at The Wick from Jan. 17-Feb. 24. Funny Girl is the musical biography of the legendary Fanny Brice and her tempestuous love affair with gambler Nicky Arnstein. The stellar score was written by Jules Styne and features such hits as “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, “I’m the Greatest Star”, and “People.”