Good Fun, Great Finds,Super Cause

Be sure to make time in you hectic Thursday schedule to pop into the Southend’s Norcross Patio for a shopping event to benefit The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation.  The Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for early-onset Bipolar Disorder. They are also on a Quest For The Test™ to find an empirical, biomarker test for Bipolar Disorder so that early detection and intervention become a reality.



SouthEnd Fun Finds At Lisaura

coastersWhile its roots may have been in Paris, these days Lisaura is nestled in a quiet shopping center on Dixie Highway. While the shop offers gorgeous baby couture, we love the fun picks for home living and entertaining. Grab them as gifts or keep them for yourself (we won’t tell).


These multicolored acrylic coasters are all unique and sure to liven up your next cocktail soiree. ($54 for 6)





Tired of your flowers losing their luster after a few days? These natural preserved roses in crystal boxes will stay gorgeous for months, maybe even years. ($15 for a single rose; $55 for a case of 3) 


Want to see more? Stop in the shop at 6300 S Dixie.

6300 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405, USA

Celebrate Chinese New Year And 2017 As The Year Of The Rooster


The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017. Get your Chinese New Year on at the Palm Beach Zoo’s annual DragonFest this Friday from 11:00A-2:15P. Enjoy crafts, face painting, a DJ and the Dragon and Lion Dances by John Wai Kung Fu Academy along with a marial arts demonstration.


Are you a Rooster?

Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005…

Strengths: Independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respect, quick minded
Weaknesses: Impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: gold, brown, brownish yellow, yellow


Excited that this is your year? Not so fast. According to Chinese astrology, your Zodiac year is considered to be unlucky. People in their zodiac year are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed to bring nothing but bad luck.

How can you fend off the bad luck? Try wearing red or donning jade accessories.

Music & Yoga Meet in the South End For A Don’t Miss Experience


Daphne Tse’s 2017 Tour includes stops in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and West Palm Beach’s own Bindu Yoga.

The Texas native has made a name for herself by merging her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer/songwriter style. Inspired by her travels around the world and the people she meets, she creates a soulful blend of folk/pop/spiritual music that she ultimately blends with yoga and dance for a truly unique experience.

Join her at Bindu Yoga for four appearances February 3-5. Each class is $30 in advance or $40 on the day of.

Friday, February 3rd…6-8pm
Join Daphne Tse for an exploration of using breath, sound, toning, and chanting to activate the energy of your chakras. Inspired by music from around the globe, your feet will dance, your bones will shake and your spirit will fly quieting your mind. With all circuits open, we’ll sound and sing from our feet, bellies and hearts leaving our chakras balanced and open to give and receive. Come learn how to use your breath, voice, movement & meditation to balance your whole being.

Saturday, February 4th…2-4pm
Join Daphne, as we enter into the world of soulful connection through song, dance & poetry, tapping into the sources that help to nourish creativity, awareness and connection. This workshop is an especially sweet opportunity for those who are drawn to artistic, transformational and contemplative practices–to glean the jewels from these combined disciplines. We’ll dance the dances and sing the songs that are ready to be lived in each of us. In small movements and huge leaps we’ll unearth the full range of who we are and what we have to offer. Embrace your body as your unique instrument to express your life fully!

Saturday, February 4th…6-8pm
Join Daphne and friends as we immerse ourselves in Bhakti yoga through the practice of contemporary kirtan. Kirtan calls upon sacred energies, which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the centers of our being. In this workshop we will focus on the energies of Goddesses from a variety of cultures and how they relate to our yoga practice.

From Asia to the Americas, Europe and beyond, we will experience the power of the healing mantras of the Goddesses including, Saraswati, Tara, Quan Yin, Mary, Durga, Lakshmi and more. All are welcome. No musical background needed.

Sunday, February 5th…1:30-3:30pm
SUNDAY DANCE! Movement and music are one of the oldest forms of healing. Join Daphne in a conscious exploration of present moment embodiment through movement meditation, dance, sounding & singing. Something out of the ordinary happens when we move from structured movement to spontaneous dance, from speaking to singing, from moving from a place of doing to moving into being. Reclaim your authentic movement and your true voice and learn how to use them as medicine, not only for yourself, but for everyone you touch in your life!

Ready to get moving and meditating? Register here.





New School New Year’s Options in the Southend


Want to ring in the New Year without staying up until midnight for festivities? Two Southend spots have got the hot tickets for family-friendly 2016 swan song shindigs before the sun goes down.

This year, join the fun at the South Florida Science Center or the Palm Beach Zoo to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve.




Celebrate with your furry, feathered, and scaly friends!The Noisy Neighbors DJ Dance Party starts at 11am in the Fountain Plaza and includes free face-painting and crafts. At noon, all the revelers will ring in the New Year with an apple juice toast and the Zoo’s unique alligator drop. This year, the paper-mache alligator is painted white to honor Mardi and his new home in the Florida Wetlands section of the Zoo.

Make it a resolution not to miss these events!

Festive Fun in the South End



Need an infusion of the Holiday Spirit? SENA is prepared to awaken your Fa-La-La persona by the end of tomorrow evening. The Organization is hosting a free evening of caroling throughout the South End neighborhood. All ages are welcome and an American Idol-worthy singing voice is not a pre-requisite. Carolers will be chauffeured in style thanks to Molley’s Trolleys.


Meet at Memorial Presbyterian (1300 S. Olive Ave) at 5:30 for a 6:00 departure. Carolers will return by 8:00pm.

For more details or to sign-up, email SENA at

South End Family Channels Grief Into Purpose #livlikeoaks


In some respects, Oakley Debbs was like many other 11-year-olds. He loved sports, hanging with his friends and had an inherent happiness and zest for life that often seems reserved for the young. But the South Ender also suffered from asthma and a “mild” allergy to nuts.

While he was very careful to check labels and avoid any foods with nuts, over a Thanksgiving vacation in Maine with his family, he ate part of a piece of coffee cake that had come in a gift basket and was now sitting out on the counter. As it turns out, what looked like chocolate was actually walnut.

After a blister appeared on his lip, his mother followed their typical protocol and administered Benadryl. The blister disappeared and they all believed the situation had passed. But then Oakley complained of a stomachache and vomited. What happened next is what his mom, Merril, called “a tornado of issues”. Oakley went into anaphylactic shock, suffering seizures and cardiac arrest an hour and a half after eating the nut. The family used an EpiPen three times, but it didn’t help. By the time he got to the hospital, he was nearly brain dead. Oakley later died in his father’s arms.

“He’s the man that I always wanted to be myself,” Robert Debbs told a Fox news station. “I’m just so heartbroken that he’s gone.”


His family decided that no one else should have to go through what they did needlessly. Just days after his death, they started the Red Sneakers Foundation (in honor of his favorite footwear) to celebrate his memory and raise awareness about the seriousness of nut allergies.

Students, faculty and employees at a multitude of local schools (Rosarian, Palm Beach Day, South Olive, St. Ann’s) and businesses (such as La Sirena Restaurant) have begun wearing red shoes to support the cause. The Organization’s Facebook page  is filled with with photos of individuals around the world doing the same.


The Debbs Family has already heard from people via Facebook that they have never met, but who credit them with saving their child’s life. After hearing the tragic story of this West Palm Beach boy, they changed their protocol in dealing with their child’s allergic reaction.

“This child of mine, he was a rock star, he was a good, good kid,” said Merrill. “And always in my heart of hearts, I knew that he would make a difference in his life – I just didn’t know it would be after he passed away. So that’s a big part of my driving force – the legacy of Oakley.”

The Debbs family has planned a Celebration of Life Soccer Game for this Saturday at the Palm Beach Rec Center. Players are asked to wear white attire with red shoes to show their support.


South End Holiday Party Tonight


Come and celebrate the Holidays with SENA at their FREE 2nd Annual South End Holiday Party!

Tonight, December 8th 6:00 – 8PM
South Olive Tennis Center

Come meet your neighbors and get your jingle on.

Kids will love the:
Face Painting
Balloon Art
Hot Chocolate Bar

Plus tennis, food and drinks and cocktails for the grown-up set.

Special Performance by the South Olive Elementary Chorus!

The event is FREE – Donation to SENA appreciated, but not required.

Sponsored by:
Mc Mow Art Glass, Skip Jackson Tennis, Inc, Don Ramon’s, Weston Construction, Howley’s, Kiely Real Estate

High Rises In The Southend- The Saga Continues


The proposed development of 3111 South Dixie Highway with five high-rises (see details in our former blog post) is once again the subject of discussion. On Monday night (December 5th), the WPB City Commission will take their first vote. This is your chance to voice your opinion.

The meeting begins at 5:00 PM at City Hall and the projects will be reviewed sometime after 5.

Ho-Ho-Ho comes to SoSo With The Zoo’s Hot Holiday Ticket


Don’t pass up the chance to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. The Palm Beach Zoo is once again hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, up-close animal encounters and a meet-and-greet and photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. With all that fun plus face painting, crafts, and complimentary rides on the Wildlife Carousel, it’s no wonder that this event sells out every year. Seating is limited, so don’t wait too long to make your reservations.


This year’s seatings are:
Saturday, December 17th – 8:30am
Sunday, December 18th – 8:30am
Saturday, December 24th – 8:30am

Non-member pricing includes full-day admission to Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.

Member Adult (13+) $26.95
Member Child (3-12) $18.95
Non-Member Adult (13+) $36.95
Non-Member Child (3-12) $28.95
Toddler (0-2) $7.95