Save the Jaguars. (No, Palm Beach. The Other Kind.)

5K. As in, “Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.”

Big catsAs in, the Palm Beach Zoo’s Big Cat Race Series, to raise funds to help sustain the dwindling populations of jaguars, panthers and now, tigers. With fewer than 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, proceeds from the May 20 Stacey Konwiser Memorial 5K will help support the zoo’s partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society at Endau Rompin National Park in Malaysia.

The starting gun goes off at precisely 7:30 a.m., and the course takes runners directly past the habitat where the zoo’s two tigers live.

Registration includes zoo admission and three half-price discount coupons for friends and family members to cheer for you and explore the zoo for the day.

Visit the event site to learn more about registration, prizes and packet pickup.


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Sensory Arts for Autism

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Photo courtesy of the Els Center of Excellence

April is Autism Awareness Month, and no one does more locally for the cause than professional golfer Ernie Els and his family.

This year, the Jupiter-based Els Center of Excellence is eagerly awaiting its new Sensory Arts Garden, which will provide a creative place that can be experienced through touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste and movement.

The focus of this year’s giving campaign, the project will feature special outdoor areas or “garden rooms,” each featuring different plants and textures. The area will be healing and therapeutic for individuals with autism and other sensory processing challenges, because they can interact with nature in their own way and at their own pace.

“Nature offers children and adults with autism spectrum disorder with wonderful opportunities for adventure, exploration and engagement,” says Dr. Marlene Sotelo, director of programs and operations for the Els for Autism Foundation. “When individuals with autism engage with nature, they develop not only a special interest in birds, animals or plants, but also opportunities to develop their social skills.”

To contribute or to learn more about the Sensory Arts Garden, the Els Center or the Els for Autism Foundation, visit the website.


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Go Green

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Photos courtesy of VisitWPB

You simply cannot let another Saturday go by without a visit to the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

Cooking Light magazine calls it the best in Florida. Now in its 22nd year, it was the area’s first and is surely the most extensive.

DoughnutsMore than 80 vendors offer local and organic produce, plants, herbs, exotic flowers, baked goods, coffees, teas, olive oils, spices, candy, meat, seafood, cheeses, and artisan housewares.

You can crunch a half-sour pickle, slurp up a messy Cuban sandwich, or grab yourself a “walkaround cone” of apple cider doughnuts (our guilty pleasure). We love to cherry-pick the freshest and most unusual produce and then go home and create our evening meal around it.

The GreenMarket runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays from October through April (this year’s last market is April 22). It’s held on the Waterfront Commons (Flagler Drive & Clematis), and parking is free at both the Banyan and Evernia garages. Coming by boat? You can dock nearby. And don’t leave the dog at home, because it’s pet-friendly.


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The Future of the Mind

He’s a physics rock star.

Dr. Michio Kaku will be the featured speaker at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s annual benefit at March 30 at The Breakers.

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Dr. Michio Kaku

Kaku believes that one day we’ll be able to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron, project thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net,” take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition, send our consciousness across the universe, and push the very limits of immortality.

No doubt he’ll touch on a few of those ideas during the event, titled The Future of the Mind: An Evening with Michio Kaku and the Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.

“[Dr. Kaku] is a perfect fit for our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ with his work to unlock the secrets of our brain’s potential,” says Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center. “The timing is perfect, as we begin developing our newest permanent exhibit, A Journey Through the Human Brain. This will be the most advanced exhibition in the world on the topic of brain science.”

Tickets for the benefit are $500, or $5,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit the Science Center website.


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Affairs of State

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This came in the mail last week and oh, dear, how we wish we could attend.

It’s sure to be an elegant evening at the Findlay Galleries, 165 Worth Avenue.

John Moeller verticalWe know the good work that goes on every day at Hospice of Palm Beach County.

But the real reason? The “state dinner” that will be created by former While House Chef John Moeller, who served during both Bush administrations and also during the Clinton years. Good taste, it would seem, is non-partisan. Palm Beach is no stranger to très soigné cuisine, to be sure, but we’d love to see and sample what Chef creates for this evening.

The event (on Friday, March 24) begins with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction of art (donated by the gallery), followed by 8 p.m. dinner on the terrace. Individual tickets are $150 for drinks and auction only, and $450 for cocktails, auction and dinner. Table sponsorships are $5,000 and $10,000.

RSVP by March 21 to Lauryn Barry, 561-494-6888 or lbarry@hpbcf.org.


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A Dog’s Life

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Photo courtesy of Mounts Botanical Garden

You love the Mounts. Surely, your best friend will, too.

Saturday, Feb. 26, will be the very first Dogs’ Day in the Garden at the Mounts Botanical Garden.

“This is the perfect opportunity for an entire family – dogs included – to visit the garden, take a walk on the winding paths, meet other pooch pals and heel for photo opportunities,” says Rochelle Wolberg, interim director of programs at Mounts.

Visitors will have the chance to learn about dog-related nonprofits, shop, enjoy dog-friendly vendors, and meet home-seeking canines from a local dog rescue organization. There will be water and treats for the canine guests.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; it’s free for members and only $5 for non-members. Mounts Botanical Garden is at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Visit the website for more information, or to download a complete list of guidelines about bringing dogs to the garden.


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A Little Class

There’s a little something for everyone at the Seaview Avenue Recreation Center.

Spring classes begin the week of March 27. Registration for town residents begins Tuesday, Feb. 21, with non-resident registration starting Monday, March 13.

Adult classes:

  • Ballroom dance
  • Karate
  • Painting/drawing
  • Digital photography
  • Toning
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Languages (French for beginners, intermediate/advanced French, conversational French, Spanish for beginners, Spanish for high beginners, Italian for beginners, and intermediate/advanced Italian)

Classes for preschoolers:

  • Mom & tot tumbling
  • Tot tumbling
  • Kindermusik
  • Start Smart baseball
  • Storytime soccer

Youth programs:

  • Karate
  • Gymnastics
  • Communications prep
  • Basketball camp
  • Spring soccer
  • Fencing

Register by phone at (561) 838-5485, in person at the Recreation Center (340 Seaview Ave., Palm Beach… but you’ll have to go tomorrow, because it’s closed for Presidents Day). You can also visit  www.palmbeachrecreation.com.


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A Woman’s Journey

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On Thursday, Jan. 26, you can hear firsthand about the latest in women’s health – medicine, treatment and wellness – in Johns Hopkins’ A Woman’s Journey conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Keynote speakers will include Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill and cancer researcher Saraswati Sukumar. Johns Hopkins faculty members and physicians will present eight seminars; the hard part will be choosing which ones to attend. The titles (read full descriptions here):

  • Heart Throb: New Facts About Managing Cholesterol
  • The Wisdom of Aging
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Top Five Things to Know About Your Brain
  • Cancer Screenings in the 21st Century
  • Chronobiology
  • Serving Up Power Foods on Meatless Mondays
  • Cutting Edge: Top Discoveries in Medicine in 2016

Tickets for the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. event are $150 and include breakfast, lunch and the two sessions of your choice. For $2,500, take a premium table for 10; you’ll get reserved seating for both meals and a Johns Hopkins faculty member will join your table for lunch.


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