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The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 20th year, March 26 – April 2, 2015, featuring 12 World Premieres and 15 American premieres. The film festival will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Bulgaria, Venezuela, France, England, Israel, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Australia, Canada, Cuba, The Netherlands and Germany.  The PBIFF will host filmmakers, producers and actors to chat about their films.

Randi Emerman, President of PBIFF states, “This year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival has a sparkling array of fantastic movies and a list of visiting filmmakers and talent that will bring the best of…

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Enjoy a taste of the islands Saturday March 21, 2015 from 1:00 – 6:00pm.  This family friendly event at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk will feature something for everyone.  Listen to steel drum bands and live tropical music as local vendors sell island themed art, crafts and jewelry.

A “Junkanoo Band” will play from 2:00-3:00pm and lead a parade though the events plaza. Not familiar with Junkanoo? Junkanoo is a lively and colorful street carnival parade.  After 500 years of practice, the legends differ as to the roots of Junkanoo in the Caribbean. The most popular belief is that it stemmed from the days of slavery.  In the late 18th century many Loyalists, from England, brought their enslaved servants to the Caribbean. At Christmas time, they…

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, offers authentic Japanese cultural experiences to educate and inspire. According to the Japanese zodiac this year, 2015, we celebrate the “Year of the Sheep” for those born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015. If this is your year, perhaps a visit to the ephemeral beauty of “The Garden of the Drops of Dew” and a Sake VIP Tasting experience is warranted.

Within the walls of the Morikami Museum are tranquil gardens.  Morikami gardens, Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, were designed to be a living exhibit complementing the museum.  Designer Hoichi Kurisu created a garden complex with historical and aesthetic elements. Its six distinct gardens are inspired by, but are not replicas…

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Plan an evening under the stars Saturday, March 7 from 7:00-9:00 pm for the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park “Moonlight Concert Series”.  Doors open at 6:00pm.  No reservations are required to enjoy an evening of folk music with Bill and Kate Isles.

John D. MacArthur State Park, north end of Singer Island, was the only state beach park in Palm Beach County in 1989, now there are many more. The 438-acre state park is nestled between the azure blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  The purpose of the park is to protect a very rare and beautiful piece of our coast.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park has been nominated for the “Best Florida Beach” with 10-Best Readers’ Choice Award.  “The boardwalk at this state park takes…

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5 Things To Do in West Palm Beach
Nick’s 50s Diner

For the past 25 years, Nick’s 50s Diner has been a popular stop for West Palm Beach locals, gaining so much infamy as to be featured in newspapers and on television. They are known for their friendly service, homemade food at affordable prices, and of course the fascinating fifties memorabilia scattered throughout the restaurant, including an authentic 1955 jukebox to play oldies. Nick’s is highly popular, not only for its lunch items, but its breakfast options as well. Customers come from all over, just to be transported back into the 50s.

Maison Carlos

Maison Carlos originally opened in 2002 on Clematis Street and seven years later was moved to the Eld Cid neighborhood, craving a more community setting. Only eleven tables are…

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Uber is a private mobile transportation network app that allows consumers to request transportation from drivers.  Founded in 2009, Uber has expanded its service to 53 countries and over 200 cities worldwide.  It is like a cab service but the drivers use their own personal cars.

Uber is now available in South Florida. The ride sharing company launched its app-based service in Miami last summer.  It has expanded its service and is available in the West Palm Beach and Jupiter areas.  Prices are averaging 25% less than taxi’s. After requesting a ride, a photo of the driver will flash up on your smartphone, letting you know who the driver is and the make of vehicle. 

The service allows users to tap the app on their smart phone to call for a vehicle,…

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For those who care about nutrition, taste and quality of their fruits, vegetables, meats and poultry, local farms are selling through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships.  With a significant shift in nutrition awareness, genetically modified and processed foods have become less desirable.  There is a huge misconception that local organic fruits and vegetables are more expensive.  CSA memberships and community plots keep costs down.

CSA's generally focus on the production of high quality foods for a local community, often using organic or biodynamic farming methods, and a shared risk membership–marketing structure.  The essential design includes developing a consistent consumer group that is willing to fund a whole season’s budget in…

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South Florida Weather

You can almost continuously tip your sun hat by the ending of another flawless day in South Florida. It is the state with the sunniest winter climate on the east side of the United States as well as the highest temperatures on average during the winter months. “The climate has always been Florida's most important natural resources, which is reflected in its official nickname, the Sunshine State."

According to the Palm Beach Post and New York Daily News, the tourism office in Ithaca, New York is waving the flag urging visitors to go to Florida instead! Stating that “The home page displays Sunshine State vacation photos and provides links to the website for tourism information about the Florida Keys and Key West. The National Weather Service say anywhere…

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Photo credit Eduardo Buchin, Jupiter.

 

Try something different and go stargazing!  Experience the natural beauty that is the South Florida night sky.  Stargazing is the simply the act of observing stars, moons, planets and other objects in the night sky.  Humans have been observing the stars for thousands of years.  All that is needed is a clear sky away from the bright lights of the city.  Aficionados bring charts, binoculars and telescopes to see distant stars and constellations. 

There are 88 constellations that can be seen from almost anywhere in the United States, but not all at once.  As the Earth makes its orbit, the placement of stars in the sky appears to move.

This weekend, telescopes are scheduled to be set up for the public to…

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Jupiter Medical Center announced it has received its largest ever donation! The $15 million gift was from the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust.  The donation will allow the Jupiter-based nonprofit hospital to develop pediatric services in a partnership with Miami Children’s Hospital.

Doctors at Miami Children's Hospital have been using “telehealth technology” to consult on patient care at Jupiter Medical Center for over a year. It is anticipated that the pediatric unit should be open by the end of 2015. The first phase will be a 12-bed pediatric unit at Jupiter Medical Center featuring an operating suite, a playroom and a “Bear's Den” for resting.

Jack Nicklaus and his wife…

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