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


 The Honor Your Doctor luncheon presented by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton will take place on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Boca West Country Club. The luncheon recognizes physicians and medical professionals. Attended by healthcare, community and civic leaders, the event funds the Helen M. Babione Medical Scholarship that benefits medical, nursing and health related students attending four local universities: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College.

 Lois Pope will return to the stage in Jan McArt and Live at Lynn production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical Gigi on March 14-15 at Lynn’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. Shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 14 and 4 p.m. on March 15. Palm Beach philanthropist Lois Pope, who was a singer-actress earlier in her career, will appear as “Aunt Alicia.” Tickets start at $50.

 Trustbridge Hospice Foundation is hosting “Chef Showdown Country Club Competition” a battle of the best country club chefs in Boca on March 10 at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club. The chefs will go knife-to-knife in this Iron Chef-style competition. Each chef will create a signature dish using the same secret ingredient. A panel of celebrity judges will determine the winner, who will have the opportunity to host next year’s event. Guests can sample each of the chef’s creations, sip savory cocktails and bid on silent auction prizes throughout the evening. Competing chefs are: Quinn Alexander of The Little Club; Joe DiPrima of Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club; Joe Longo of Broken Sound Country Club; and Glenn Matusik of Delaire Country Club. The esteemed panel of experts judging their creations are: Katherine Barnhart of Truist; Arturo Gismondi of Trattoria Romano; Nick Morfogen of Little Pine Golf Club; and Burt Rapoport of Rapoport Restaurant Group. Tickets $200.

 The Boca Chamber will hold its annual Community Cookout on March 7 at the YMCA of South Palm Beach County. The BBQ will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free.

 Head to Memorial Park for Food Truck Friday on March 13. Food trucks will be stationed from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.

 The 3rd annual We Are Stoneman Douglas Winemaker Dinner benefiting Parkland Cares returns to Woodfield Country Club on March 13. The Winemaker Dinner will feature a cocktail hour, where participating wineries will pour a variety of both red and white wines. This will be followed by a 4-course dinner by Executive Chef Bart Messing. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

 Hit the polls on March 17 to vote for who you want to serve the city as mayor. Incumbent Mayor Scott Singer faces challenger Bernard Korn. Council members Andy Thomson and Andrea Levine O’Rourke retained their seats as they faced no challengers.

 Head to the Wick Theatre to see Donny Ray Evins “Soul and Cole” at 8 p.m. on March 7 and 8. The internationally acclaimed singer amazes audiences around the world with his uncanny homage to legendary singer, Nat King Cole. Donny’s warm personality, embracing bass baritone voice and commanding stage presence captures the very essence of Mr. Cole. Unforgettable, Mona Lisa, Rambling Rose, Too Young and Route 66 are just a taste of the many Nat Cole hits in this show. Tickets $65.

 Hang out with sea turtle ambassador Luna at Gumbo Limbo’s Sea Turtle Day Festival. Head to the Boca nature center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7 to watch a play by the Sol Children Theater Troupe, try food from food trucks, get your face painted and enjoy the exhibits. Entry and activities are free. Park at Spanish River Park and take a free shuttle to the event. Parking is $20 per car.  Visit for more information.

The 34th annual JARC Gala will take place on March 8 at Boca West Country Club. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets $250 per person. JARC programs include residential homes and apartments, community case management and employment training for people of all abilities.