Gobble Till You Wobble at SENA’s Annual Covered Dish Celebration

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This Friday,  November 18 is SENA’s 10th annual Covered Dish Thanksgiving Celebration. Join your neighbors as we celebrate the holiday and thank our Fire Fighters and Rescue Teams who keep us safe 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Bring your family and your favorite covered dish creation. This is not a low-carb, fat-free event. Viva la gluttony!

Friday, November 18th 6:00 – 8PM
Firestation #2 at Dixie & Pine Terrace

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Book Your Pet’s Paw-some Thanksgiving Vacation At Posh Pet Hotel

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You may be heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, but where will your furry friend be spending this Thanksgiving?

Posh Pet Hotel is the Palm Beaches only state-of-the-art , 5 star dog and cat luxury hotel and boarding facility custom designed with one goal in mind: to ensure maximum comfort, safety and well being of every four-legged guest.

The luxury cage-less accommodations are equipped with flatscreen TVs and Posh Salon services are available for those looking for a little extra pampering.

Are you interested? Make your reservations for your pet soon- limited space remains.

 

Who needs to wait until Friday? Make it T.G.I.T. at the Science Center’s MolecuBar this Thursday.

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Take your cocktail couture to the molecular level at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and BarWars LLC’s MolecuBar event this Thursday, November 3 from 6:00 – 9:00. Attendees of this 21+ shindig will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the flavor profiles and chemical reactions behind their favorite cocktails.

The evening will include interactive mixology demos, delicious bites with local flare as well as Kahlua Karaoke in the Planetarium.

Get your weekend started early with this fun night out.

Pre-sale tickets: $20 general admission, $45 VIP 
At the door: $25 general admission, $50 VIP

(VIP includes an interactive mixology workshop with BarWars L.L.C. and VIP-exclusive goody bag.)

For questions, email events@sfsciencecenter.org or call (561) 370-7740

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How Do You Feel About High-Rises On South Dixie?

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Learn what both sides are saying about the development of 3111 South Dixie Highway and decide how you want to weigh in.

The Background

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The Prospect Place office center (just south of Belvedere) was built for retail in the 1950s and once home to a Sears department store and Winn-Dixie grocery store. When Sears moved to the former Palm Beach Mall, the buildings were converted to offices.

In December 2006, an entity that included West Palm Beach broker Don DeWoody, the Avison Young firm, and Time Equities, Inc. (a family-owned real estate investment company based in New York City) bought Prospect Place for $17.5 million and kept it an office center.

As time went by, occupancy fell and the owners were unable to find tenants for the space. This situation, in combination with growth in residential demand and a surge of interest in developing the Dixie Highway corridor, led the group to start contemplating new ideas.

In a 2015 Palm Beach Post article, Robert Singer, director of development for Time Equities, disclosed that while they considered low-rise townhouse apartments, the entire tract would need to be filled to make the project work financially. Additionally, according to Singer, that option would provide no interaction with the neighborhood.

They ultimately envisioned a mixed-use facility that blends commercial, residential and public park space.

The Development

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The new project is being spearheaded by Francis Greenburger, the Founder and Chairman of Time Equities, Inc.

In a letter to the community on the 3111 South Dixie website, Greenburger contends that the property (built for retail purposes in the 1950s) is today “out-of-sync with the market for office tenants. It is also out-of-sync with the more recent community efforts to activate the Dixie Highway corridor.”

Working in conjunction with world-famous architect Helmut Jahn and local architect Keith Spina, of Glidden Spina Architects in West Palm Beach, Greenburger’s proposed plan for the land would be a mix of retail, residential and open park spaces that he believes will be “transformative” for the Dixie corridor, the surrounding neighborhoods and West Palm Beach as a whole.

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What are the specifics of the proposal?

  • 18,500 SF of boutique retail stores and restaurants along the property’s Dixie frontage (This would include six freestanding shops and a series of mini-plazas featuring outdoor cafe seating, umbrellas, and a playground.)
  • Five residential condominium buildings (each 14 stories with 60 condominiums) spaced 60 feet apart and set back to the west along the railroad tracks.
  • In between the retail and residential components will be approximately one acre of lushly landscaped park space, which will be open to the public during daylight hours.

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Tomorrow, Tuesday October 18th the Planning Board for the City of West Palm Beach will take action on the proposed project at 6 PM in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall.

The Opposition

Citizens for Thoughtful Growth, a local organization “dedicated to protecting the quality of life for West Palm Beach citizens and businesses by advocating controlled growth and preservation of an appropriate Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan” issued their opinion on the project on their Facebook page.

“Anyone who is concerned about the future of South Dixie and the potential impact of high-rises lining the corridor adjacent to single family neighborhoods is strongly encouraged to attend.

This project may not be at the end of your street, but if this project is approved, it may well open the door to others that will affect you, the quality of your life in your neighborhood, and your property values.

The proposed project consists of a small amount of retail along Dixie and FIVE high-rises, each 170 feet tall. This is the approximate height of One City Plaza and other buildings in the downtown.

This is a project that is massively out of scale and ignores the surrounding height and scale (size and mass) of both the surrounding neighborhoods and the existing development pattern along South Dixie Highway.

This project requires the City to change its current laws governing development – The Comprehensive Plan and the zoning map – as well to grant special approvals such as variances and other exceptions to the normal rules for the developers.

The decisions made on Prospect Place will set a precedent in motion that will very likely influence future decisions and requests by developers for other large parcels along the corridor. The future of the 8111 South Dixie has yet to be determined, and there are other parcels that may well come forward for development in the near future.”

What do you think?

If you are not able to go to the meeting, you can send written comments to Jroach@wpb.org and ask that these comments be given to Planning Board Members and entered into the meeting record.

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Limited Spaces Available at La Sirena’s Phantom Night in Paradise

RSVP for all the masked fun of Phantom Night in Paradise at Marcello’s La Sirena. The magnificent dinner spectacle is schedules for October 26th at 6PM. Dress code is black and white, with all attendees required to wear a mask. See all the details below and make plans to experience the music of the night.

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Tee It Up at the South Florida Science Center’s Conservation Cup

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Hit the links for a good cause. Revenue raised from this annual golf tournament supports the Center’s Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course designed courtesy of Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus. Each hole is named and associated with a plant or animal species indigenous to the State of Florida, especially our nearby Everglades habitat.

Here are the details:

Conservation Cup Better Ball Tournament
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Mayacoo Lakes Country Club

Player information:
$500 Per Two Person Team
$1000 Per Foursome

Event Schedule:
10:30am Registration and Welcome Lunch
11:30am Putting Contest
11:45am Rules Review
12:00pm Shotgun Start
5:30pm Cocktail Party & Awards Presentation

Click here to register as a 2-some
Click here to register as a 4-some

Get Swept Off Your Feet At Kaffee’s

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Get some old school relaxation with new tech pampering technology at Kaffee’s Garden Spa with their Pedicures & Popsicles offer.

Enjoy a cool treat (on the house) while you indulge your feet with Kaffee’s new pedicure chairs.

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While you are there, luxuriate with Farmhouse Fresh products- made from up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients, and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms.

Our fave (and Oprah’s Pick) is the honey heel glaze. This divine honey-based moisture serum used in pedicures seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet. Simply brush on and rub into feet for chalkless bliss – no more white ashy look! With its fragrance of velvety cinnamon notes, sweet cloves and actual honey, this golden jar is a true guilty pleasure from the first moment you let it breathe. The finest of moisturizing elements have been incorporated from genuine honey, and aloe leaf juice to pineapple and papaya fruit extracts. Honey Heel Glaze is ultra-smooth, non-greasy, and addictive in every way.

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Schedule your appointment today.

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4100 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561-833-4483
info@kaffeesgardenspa.com

Salad Days of Summer in the SouthEnd

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While Summer is getting ready to come to a close, living in South Florida means that bathing suit days are far from over. As such, our comfort foods need to be both delicious and ultimately respectful to our waistlines (sorry mac & cheese).

Thankfully, farm-to-table fave Aioli steps up to the plate (literally) with their selections of salads- perfect for Summer, but delightful year round.

The Roasted Golden Beet salad features greens with generous cuts of beets, hardboiled eggs, goat cheese and red onion tossed in a whole grain mustard vinaigrette. Where was this dish when your mother was begging you to eat your vegetables?

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Meanwhile, their Artichoke Arugula Salad is guilty of getting fresh with its long stem artichokes, shaved parmesan, tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Thanks to a menu filled with sumptuous selections, Aioli is a welcomed enabler to your endless summer addiction.

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7434 S. Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 

Pokemon Go Invades the Palm Beach Zoo

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Calling all Pokémon Go fans and addicts….Get your Pokeball throwing finger ready for this Saturday’s “Go Wild & Catch Em All” Pokémon party at the Palm Beach Zoo.

From 4:15-9:00, the Zoo will be hosting an off-the-hook, but on-the-grid Pokémon shindig that will delight all those hoping to add to their Pokémon collection, battle or get a gym workout in a safe environment.

Pokémon Go players will find approximately a dozen Poke Stops and one Gym inside the Zoo. Plus, the Zoo plans to drop lures all around the Zoo throughout the event.

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With prizes to win, live music by Kat Man Duo, Pokémon crafts for younger children, Pokémon face painting, and a cash bar for the adults with special drinks in Team Valor, Mystic, and Pure colors, this is THE place to be for Pokémon Go fans of all ages.

And don’t worry about low battery levels cutting into your enjoyment of the festivities. The Zoo will have a charging table in the Fountain Plaza in case catching Pokemon wipes out your power. Bring your own connecting cables to plug into a standard power strip outlet.

Special Admission Prices for the Event
Zoo Members: Free
Non-Member Adult (Ages 13+): $14.50
Non-Member Child (Ages 3-12): $10.50
Toddlers (Ages 0-2): Free