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MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF WPB OPENS NEW CREATIVE SPACE: STUDIO 411

Dedicated space designed for popular and growing arts programs at downtown library.

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MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

Highlights this month include: Hispanic Heritage Month events, creative Entrepreneurs series, and PBS' the Great American Read television series companion events.

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BBQ, BREWS & BLUES KICKS OFF 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES IN WPB
Family-friendly event features savory BBQ fare and modern blues artist Ghost Town Blues Band
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2018) --- The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will kick off Independence Day activities in West Palm Beach with the 5th annual BBQ, Brews & Blues event in the city’s Historic Northwest District on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The family-friendly event features the area’s best barbeque vendors along with a fantastic lineup of soulful blues on Rosemary Ave., just three blocks north of Clematis Street.  
 
Guests can enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event.  Patrons should arrive early for this unique tasting of summer barbeque favorites including pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, fried pork chops, sweet potato pie, boiled peanuts, pickles and more. There will also be plenty of sweet treats for kids and adults including funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos, freeze cups and more.  Patrons who would like to partake in the brew samples must be 21 years old and over, and must present their ID at the registration tent.  Additionally, there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained including basketball, soccer, carnival games, and more.  
 
The event serves up a whopping side of the blues to pair along with the tasty eats.  Headlining the evening is the must-see modern blues sensation from Memphis, Ghost Town Blues Band. GTBB is not your grandpa’s blues band – their energetic live shows captivate audiences with their horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments.  Other musical favorites performing include the dynamic soul working man Slam Allen and the contemporary jazz of Catch the Groove.
 
Trolley service will be available from downtown West Palm Beach and free parking is available at the Palm Beach County Judicial and Governmental Center parking lot, located on Banyan Blvd. and Rosemary Ave. during festival hours.  Admission and entertainment is free and open to the public.  For more information visit wpb.org/cra or call 561.822.1550.
 
The Historic Northwest District is city’s historically black community located just north of downtown West Palm Beach, and runs from Banyan Blvd. to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. between Tamarind Ave. and Rosemary Ave.  The Historic Northwest District is undergoing redevelopment of its major sites, the Sunset Lounge and adjacent park, to create a new cultural destination.  The WPB CRA is rehabilitating the historic Sunset Lounge and transforming it into the epicenter for African-American cultural tourism.  The new arts-focused destination will celebrate the famous performers who once graced the Sunset stage including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong while keeping the jazz tradition alive with new concerts and performers.  
 
More about the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award - winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach. For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra