Run and Fun In the Southend This Saturday

It’s a Saturday filled with activity and adventure in the Southend this weekend.

Pound your protein smoothie and throw on your running shoes for the Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K  at the Palm Beach Zoo. This year’s race is all the more special as it pays tribute to the life of the Zoo’s beloved Lead Keeper and her love of all cats…especially tigers.

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In honor of Stacey, Team AC-27, named after her radio call sign and comprised of several zookeepers and other staff, will also be running and walking in the race. Team AC-27’s ‘virtual team’ is now comprised of 120 people across 17 states! There will also be a ‘Remembrance Table’ in the fountain area where attendees can leave notes of encouragement for Stacey and her loved ones.

You’ll run or walk through the beautiful paths of Dreher Park and finish the race inside the Palm Beach Zoo passing the Tiger River habitat where 2 of the Zoo’s 4 Malayan tigers reside. You’ll also run past wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots, and siamang gibbons on your way to the finish line at the fountain plaza.

Your registration includes admission to the Zoo for the day and discount coupons for friends and family to see you finish and explore the Zoo for the day. And, for the first time ever, every runner/walker registered will receive a shirt. (Note: The first 650 registered will be able to pick up their shirt at a packet pickup location or at race day check-in. Everyone from #651 on will get their shirt after race day.)

The Malayan tiger is the most endangered of the 5 remaining species of tigers. It’s estimated that there are fewer than 250 in the wild. The Palm Beach Zoo works closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), supporting species and habitat research and protection at Endau-Rompin National Park in Malaysia. A portion of each participant’s race registration fee helps fund the Zoo’s involvement with WCS.

Awards will be given in the following categories:
Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Top 3 Masters Male & Female
Top 3 Male ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Top 3 Female ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80

Ready to find your stride? It’s not too late. Registration info and prices can be found here.

Cool down and tech up by walking over to the nearby South Florida Center and Aquarium for their Palm Beach Mini Maker Fairehosted in partnership with Hacklab North Boynton.

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This Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Bring the whole family and experience DIY robotics, Soldering Workshops, 3D Printing, Drones, Live Science Demos, Glass Blowing, Local Artists and so much more.

To find out more and RSVP, click here.

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Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 832-1988

 

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Paw-some Holiday Event at Posh Pet Hotel

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Looking for a little companionship this Christmas season? Stop by Posh Pet Hotel on November 29 between 12:00 and 3:00 to meet some furry friends who would love to come home for the holidays.

PPH is teaming up with Big Dog Ranch Rescue for a winter wonderful adoption event. Besides a meet-and-greet with the four-legged headliners (sure to melt your heart), enter for a chance to win a free night and spa bath at PPH and pose for a picture with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Looking for a gift for the pet lover on your list? PPH has one-of-a-kind, adorable glass dog and cat breed ornaments that were hand painted in Poland.

And if you’re going out of town this holiday season, don’t forget to make luxury reservations for your pet at Posh Pet Hotel.

 

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Posh Pet Hotel
Posh Pet Hotel is committed to delivering the highest level of pet pampering, grooming, and training for both dogs and cats.From socialization to one-on-one interaction, luxury suites to Zen Wellness, Posh Pet Hotel will surpass your expectations.

6710 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561-225-1559
info@poshpethotel.com

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. It’s our mission to be a leader in the national animal welfare movement, through compassionate, innovative rescue practices and transformative educational programs.

10948 Acme Road
Wellington, Florida, 33414
561-791-6465.

Darbster Restaurant’s Pet Project

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Many Southenders know Darbster for its delicious vegetarian offerings. What they may not know is that this bistro’s business is dedicated to a caring cause.

When Darbster owners, Ellen and Alan, opened their first restaurant in 2009 (named after their 17-year-old poodle who came to them from a puppy mill in the mid-west), they also formed the Darbster Foundation.  The goal was to assist in animal welfare and animal rights efforts through education, charitable contributions and direct sponsoring of animal care such spaying and neutering. 100% of all profits from Darbster Food go to their Darbster Foundation, which has no paid employees and operates entirely through volunteers.

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The impact the Foundation has made is huge. In 2014, the Foundation provided funds for 1,135 spay neuter surgeries- 644 of these were performed at Peggy Adams and 491 at Palm Beach Animal Care and Control. Sadly, Palm Beach County still had to put down 8,522 cats and dogs last year. The good news is that this number is down approximately 15% from 2013.

The Foundation also participated in and funded the rescue of 24 labradors (14 adults, 8 puppies and 2 pregnant females) in Palm Beach County that were being bred and in poor health, and funded and transported over a dozen kittens and a dozen dogs to new homes in New Hampshire.

The Foundation hopes to do even more in 2015.

Want to help? Here are two easy ways…

1)  Dine at Darbster. Enjoy a delightful repast on the Bistro’s waterfront deck and know that your dining will help dogs and cats in need.

2) Consider making a donation. Every dollar helps.

  • $25 funds a cat spay/neuter (receive a $5 gift card & a Darbster glass)
  • $100 funds a dog spay/neuter ($20 gift card & a Darbster glass)
  • $85 funds a trip to New Hampshire, where adoption is basically assured ($15 gift card and a Darbster glass).

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Location & Contact
Darbster West Palm
8020 South Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
(561) 586-2622
info@darbster.com

Hours
Tuesday – Friday 5pm – 10 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 3 pm – 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday 10:30 am-3 pm – 5 pm – 9 pm