Early voting is open through August 26th, and there are quite a few places you can go to right now in Palm Beach County as opposed to Election Day, when registered voters are required to go to their assigned precincts. Here's a list of what's open so you can cast your ballot:

Jupiter

  • Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter
Palm Beach Gardens  
  • Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
Loxahatchee  
  • Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee
Riviera Beach/Singer Island  
  • Wells Recreation and Community Center, 2409 Avenue H West, Riviera Beach
West Palm Beach  
  • Supervisor of Elections Office, 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach

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Luxury real estate in Palm Beach County saw a double-digit increase in home sales last month compared to July 2017. The number of home sales above $600,000 rose 26.6% over last year and homes in the $1 million+ price range saw a whopping 30.6% increase. It's the first time the county has seen such a spike.

New luxury construction is being developed all over the Palm Beaches which helped drive sales, as many people would rather purchase a new property opposed to possibly having to put up thousands in upgrades on older home. Reports have also shown a notable increase in people from the Northeast relocating to the area for job opportunity, higher pay, recreation and less tax. 

The month of July was also a good indicator of future closings with…

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The Kravis Center for Performing Arts is more than just a gorgeous performing arts venue- the Palm Beach County landmark is a non-profit committed to enriching the lives of students and educators in South Florida by providing engaging and enlightening arts education programs. In fact, since opening in 1992, the Kravis Center has provided access to the performing arts for about 2.3 million schoolchildren.

You may ask how this improves our youth in the community, and while as an Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts alumni I may want to say “It just does”, there are actually studies to prove it. According to Princeton, integrating the arts into school curriculum improves academic performance and student discipline, while it also revitalizes…

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The Palm Beach County Women’s Tennis Association (PBCWTA) is preparing for women’s tennis league matches to begin on October 16th with a pro luncheon on September 24th at Mirasol Country Club. Tennis Directors and Tennis Pros will meet to represent each club and speak about the coming season.

The 2018/19 league consists of 7 divisions and one open division. Matches begin on October 16th and run through April of 2019.

Following are the participating women’s tennis clubs (in alphabetical order):

Admirals Cove

200 Admiral's Cove Blvd. Jupiter, FL 33477 
Get Google Directions

Phone: 744-1700
Contact : Chris Baldwin 

BallenIsles

105 BallenIsles Circle Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 
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Phone: 625-5707
Director of Tennis:

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Each year, the extravagant PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens hosts a Craft Beer Bash for the books with nearly 200 brews and hard ciders, live music, competitions, food and shopping vendors. 

The event will be held on Saturday, September 8th from 5-8 p.m. General Admission tickets are $39 ahead of time or $49 at the door which gets you unlimited beer sampling. The resort also has a room package option for $149 which includes your ticket in and luxury accommodations for the night. 

Attendees will get to vote on their favorite brews for the "People's Choice Awards" which will be for the best craft brewery and the best hard cider mill. There's also a home brewers competition where a panel of judges will award one Holy Grail of beers…

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Pictured: #57 Defensive End Dalton Hustad and #69 Offensive Line Dacoda Weaver with an aspiring young Owl

In Boca Raton, the FAU Owls went from weeks of enduring an intense training camp, to an open scrimmage this past Saturday, to the well-attended preseason Meet & Greet on Sunday with passionate fans of these Palm Beach County football stars.

In 2017, then new head coach Lane Kiffin led FAU to a 11-3 record (up from a 3-9 record in 2016), with his team scoring more touchdowns than all but four programs nationwide. Over the final 10 games, FAU performed as one of the best teams in the country, and star running back Devin Singletary impressed fans as one of the most talented players that season.

According to SB Nation, FAU was one of the…

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Look no further for a French bistro on the waterfront in Jupiter.  Cafe des Artistes French Bakery and Bistro,  318 South U.S. Highway One, is home to a revered classic Parisian bistro.  Set on the harbor of Jupiter Yacht Club Marina with al fresco dining on the waterfront or interior seating is idyllic. The perfect setting for a romantic meal.

French chefs are masters at their craft.  They understand the romance of a decadent meal and the importance of ambiance.  French chefs are rigorously trained as well as demanding chefs. French food is rooted in tradition and the superiority of the cuisine is based on the geographic good fortune that makes French agriculture both varied and rich in flavor.

The French people  are extremely passionate when…

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Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is a local member of the national organization that brings meals to elderly people in need. Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches predominantly served southern Palm Beach County when it was formed, but over recent years it has expanded to the north and is now serving residents in Jupiter as of this month.

The local organization currently has 15 people in Jupiter who will receive meals and serves more than 200 people in the county aged 65+. Sixty percent of these people are over the age of 85. 

"You didn’t expect to live to 90 years old. How do you budget for that?” asked Pam Calzadilla, president and CEO of the local branch. A longer life expectancy brings challenges later in life and many of the elderly people…

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made it easier for both visitors and residents of Florida to complete the boating safety exam required for recreational boaters born on or after January 1st, 1988. Online providers are permitted to offer the temporary certificate exam 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and it can be accessed by tablet, laptops, and even smartphones.

Prior to this change, paper exams were the only option, and had to be completed and passed on the spot by rental vessel operators, while boat rental facilities had to purchase, administer, and mail in the valid hard copies. The newer convenient method can be completed online before a vacation or a trip to rent a boat.

The $3 online exam is 25 questions…

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The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce is accepting artist applications for the upcoming 34th annual ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival which will take place from Feb 16th-18th in Jupiter. 

The award-winning 3-day outdoor festival showcases juried works from 300 artists from all over the country as well as hosts live music, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, shopping, food/drink and other fun activities.

Artist applications are now being accepted for 13 categories including "emerging artists." Entries are reviewed by an expert panel of judges and selected for 270 spaces. 

The deadline to apply is September 12th in three weeks. 

Those interested can apply and find out more information at artigras.org.

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