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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The Great Give

Philanthropy doesn’t end just because Season does. On May 17, you can make a real difference without ever donning a ball gown or getting out your tuxedo.

Great GiveThat’s the day of The Great Give, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise money for 415  nonprofits all across Palm Beach and Martin counties. It’s a chance for charitable organizations to gain exposure to new donors, and for people in our region to raise money for local projects serving local people.

Every gift can be earmarked for one (or more) of the participating non-profits, and will be multiplied with funding from a bonus pool raised by the United Way of Palm Beach County. There are clever hourly prizes awarded throughout the day, including:

  • 3 a.m. Witching Hour: Awarded to the non-profit with the most unique donors by 3 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. Green Hour: Awarded to the environmental organization with the most unique donors during the hour.
  • 6 & 7 p.m. Happy Hour: Cash prize awarded randomly.

Donations can be made through The Great Give website or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY from midnight to midnight on Wednesday, May 17.


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Bike Palm Beach

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The Palm Beach Lake Trail runs about 6 miles along the Intracoastal.

May is National Bike Month.

When you have the oceanfront and the Lake Trail, there’s really no reason not to celebrate. Frankly, we can’t think of a nicer way to start the day than to hop on a cruiser and tool down to some nice little breakfast spot before the day starts to heat up. Or if you’re not into early mornings, take a picnic to Bradley Park and follow with an evening ride along the lake to watch the sun set.

What’s that? Your wheels need a little TLC? Palm Beach has two shops ready to care for the bicycle you already have or put you on a new one:

If you more bikes than you know what to do with, consider donating one or two to Jack the Bike Man, at 2406 Florida Avenue in West Palm Beach, who repairs and rehabs used bikes for underprivileged children and adults.


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Mission Commander

This Friday, the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches takes an unprecedented step: The keynote speaker at the 34th Annual Women in Leadership Awards Luncheon is a man.

Captain Mark Kelly

Photo courtesy EWPB

This year, EWPB welcomes Capt. Mark Kelly, decorated American astronaut and husband of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Since the 2011 assassination attempt that robbed Giffords of facile speech, Kelly has bridged the gap in sharing the couple’s message of patriotism, perseverance, and dedication to work and family.

And so Kelly is a fitting voice for the EWPB’s mission and vision: To empower women to succeed and lead, and to be the voice that inspires integrity, equality and leadership in the workplace and in our community.

The Women in Leadership Awards recognize Palm Beach area women who have sustained outstanding accomplishments and displayed generosity of spirit, commitment to integrity and diversity, and genuine connectedness with others.

Honorary event chair this year? Palm Beach Board of Realtors member Virginia Spencer, general manager of Illustrated Properties since 1998 and a longtime advocate for girls’ and women’s organizations.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Kravis Center. For tickets and to see a list of the 2017 Women in Leadership Award nominees, visit the EWPB website. Proceeds benefit the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation.


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The Divine Miss Thing

Bunny JPG.jpgThere are bunnies on Worth Avenue.

Well, one bunny. Miss Thing. A pure white marvel of a creature, with perfect eyeliner and a prime view.

Miss T was visiting Sequin, the high-end costume/contemporary jewelry store (219 Worth) owned by her human, Kim Renk. Every spring, Kim’s bunnies visit the shop to call attention to the dangers of giving rabbits as Easter gifts.

IMG_2544Bringing a rabbit into the family should be a thoughtful action, not a whim. Kate Jenkins, manager of Sequin’s Florida stores, explains: “[A rabbit] is not a toy. A rabbit is a living, breathing thing that needs care.” Many Eastertime bunnies are neglected or abandoned to the wild, where they stand no chance of survival.

Passionate about rabbits, Kim Renk has a half-dozen rescues in her New York City home and a rabbit sanctuary in Rhode Island. The store supports a number of charities, many animal-related, but this time of year the focus is on Luv-A-Bun Rabbit Rescue and the House Rabbit Society.

Since she wears white, Miss Thing could have taken her pick of the store’s enameled bangles (arranged in color groups juuu-u-u-st out of reach of her storefront warren), statement necklaces or semi-precious strands, with price points ranging from $25-$1,000. The company not only operates its own stores, but designs and manufactures pieces for (among others) Lilly Pulitzer, Badgely Mischka, Carolina Herrera Runway, and Vera Bradley.


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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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Flower Power

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Photos courtesy of Jeff Leatham

For its biennial flower show, the Garden Club of Palm Beach isn’t just bringing in a floral designer as its keynote speaker. The Garden Club of Palm Beach is bringing in the floral designer as its keynote speaker.

Jeff Leatham is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Lettres, the equivalent of a knighthood for contributions to French culture. That’s an astonishing achievement for anyone, but particularly for an American.

Flower show 2017Leatham is the author of Flowers by Jeff Leatham, Flowers by Design, and Jeff Leathan: Visionary Floral Art and Design. He has partnered with Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Philip Treacy, Swarovski, Givenchy, Ellie Saab, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Waterford, and Dom Perignon. His A-list clients include Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Kardashians and Celine Dion, the Dalai Lama, and President and Secretary of State Clinton.

Jeff Leatham is, in other words, a Very Big Deal.

You can hear his lecture at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the Four Arts’ Gubelman Auditorium… if there are tickets left. Call (561) 655-7226 to find out.

The weekend-long flower show, this year titled “L’Orangerie,” runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 and noon-4 p.m. April 9. Hundreds of entrants will compete for awards in fresh or dried floral arrangement, botanical arts, and photography, among others. The show is open to the public and free of charge. (The wildly popular preview party is Friday night, but it’s by invitation only.)


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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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Brake Light… Bakelite!

 

Jewelry. Champagne. Worth Avenue

Surely we’ve piqued your interest.

You may know Mark Davis’s one-of-a-kind creations – chunky, bold, geometric statement pieces crafted from bakelite and inlaid with gems and precious metals.

Davis has designed not only the jewelry, but the process by which it’s created. If you think he simply melts down the old plastic, you’re wrong. All his bangles, rings and earrings are made in his Brooklyn workshop using a propriety process that involves laminating and joining upcycled bakelite from a variety of sources.

So now, the local connection: In collaboration with Betteridge, 236 Worth Avenue, Davis is holding a trunk show March 23-25. He’ll showcase an extra-special collection during a champagne reception from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, March 24. A portion of the proceeds from that evening’s sales will be donated to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which has worked with sick and impoverished people for more than 60 years.

Photos courtesy of Mark Davis


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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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