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INSIDER Newsletter (3/18/2018)

 

 

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March 18, 2018

 

 

 

City of WPB to Hold Swearing-in Ceremony

 

The public is invited to a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Commission Chambers at West Palm Beach City Hall, 401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach.

 

The oath of office will be administered to the following Commissioners-elect:

  • Kelly Shoaf, District One (newly elected)
  • Commissioner Paula Ryan, District Three (re-elected)
  • Christina Lambert, District Five (newly elected)

Join us, also, as we thank outgoing Commissioners Sylvia Moffett and Shanon Materio for their service and wish them the very best!

 

Free parking for residents attending the ceremony will be available in the City Center Garage, located at the intersection of Banyan Blvd. and Dixie Hwy. (Residents must validate their ticket at City Hall prior to returning to the garage.) 

 

Mayor Muoio to Convene Work Group on Homelessness & Mental Health
 

As the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors remains a top priority for West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and her administration, Mayor Muoio has announced the creation of a special work group on homelessness and mental health. The Mayor’s Work Group on Homelessness and Mental Health will be comprised of community, city, county and state representatives. This work group will examine current practices and identify unmet needs in our community in the areas of homelessness and mental health and will develop any recommendations to be presented to the City Commission within 60 days. The Mayor’s Work Group on Homelessness and Mental Health will be chaired by Armando Fana, City of West Palm Beach Housing and Community Development Director.


Invited participants will include:

  • Office of the State Attorney
  • Palm Beach County
  • Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
  • Homeless Coalition
  • St. Ann Place
  • Lord’s Place
  • Senator Philip D. Lewis Center
  • West Palm Beach merchants (2)
  • West Palm Beach community members (2)
  • Jerome C. Golden Center for Behavioral Health
  • Office of the City Attorney
  • West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD)
  • PCS Security.
     

Mayor Muoio and City administrators met last week with members of the board of directors of the DDA, the WPBPD, and the City Attorney’s Office to discuss additional measures to improve our downtown. With enhanced communication, the WPBPD and private security guards will continue to patrol the downtown area and remain a vigilant and visible presence, particularly, on Clematis Street. Panhandling violations will continue to be enforced, an effort that will soon be communicated to potential violators with new signs in the Clematis Street area. Merchants and citizens concerned about safety are asked to call 911 in the event of an emergency or contact the West Palm Beach Police non-emergency number at (561) 822-1900.


As we shared in a recent edition of Mayor Muoio's Insider Newsletter, the City announced it has seen a reduction of its on-street homeless population by 14% in the last year, according to the latest Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. The annual count conducted by Palm Beach County in January 2018 identified 426 unsheltered residents, down from 498 unsheltered residents in January 2017. At least 39-of those individuals were diverted from homelessness as a result of City programs. The City continues providing assistance to the City’s homeless population with the goal of finding permanent homes for our most vulnerable residents. The City’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) continues to work with the Lord’s Place and other organizations to help the homeless get into homes.


Numerous factors may contribute to homelessness including the state of the economy, the opioid crisis, mental/behavioral health, and federal funding for mental health. The City is working with the County to add more beds for homeless residents at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Homeless Resource Center.
 

The City has developed the following initiatives and programs with the goal of finding permanent homes for our most vulnerable residents:

  • Partnership with to the Lord's Place-
    • Donation of City owned duplexes for transitional/ supportive housing.
    • Awarded funds for the Peer Outreach Program which provides screening and support services to West Palm Beach homeless.
  • Homeward Bound Program - Provides a non-refundable/non-transferable transportation ticket and care package to assist homeless persons to reunite with their families within the United States.
  • Housing Stabilization Program - Provides one-time funding for rent, security deposit and/or utility deposits for applicants facing evictions or experiencing homelessness.
  • Real Change Movement - The Real Change Movement is a partnership between the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach. The City has re-purposed a total of 10 parking meters in downtown West Palm Beach for donations by the public. The City will match the funds collected in the meters by up to $50K, and the funds are utilized for permanent housing for the homeless. This initiative also provides education and awareness to the public on homelessness and panhandling.
  • Training and Referral Services through Vickers House Division – Provides on-site support, counseling, trainings, referrals and numerous services such as tax preparation, resume development, job training programs, special health services, and more.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing-The City is providing financial incentives and support to non-profit providers of supportive housing for special needs populations such as the elderly and disabled that are most at risk for homelessness. There are 130 units of additional permanent supportive housing scheduled to begin construction in 2018 within the City
  • Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program - The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The City has awarded grants to the Palm Beach County Housing Authority and the Jerome Golden Center For Behavioral Health, Inc., in order to provide housing throughout Palm Beach County.

For more information about the City’s outreach efforts, please visit wpb.org/hcd.

 

City Commits to Community Through “Summer in Paradise” Partnerships

Child-size playhouses to make up “Global Fairy Tale Village” installation; nonprofits and artists encouraged to apply online to participate

 

 

Storytelling will again set the stage for the City of West Palm Beach’s “Summer in Paradise” campaign. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach will continue its community-engagment initiative, which supports local artists and nonprofits through the building, painting and auctioning of 12 unique, outdoor playhouses, collectively referred to as the “Global Fairy Tale Village.”

 

Event organizers say, “home is where the heart is,” noting that this year’s theme is designed to raise awareness of affordable housing issues. Each playhouse will be assigned a local nonprofit, which will be responsible for building the child-size home, and then partnered with a local artist, who will interpret a preassigned fairy tale.

 

Nonprofits and artists interested in applying to participate in the “Global Fairy Tale Village” can do so through the City’s website from Monday, March 12 to Tuesday, April 10. The playhouses will be complete and on display from Thursday, June 7 through Thursday, July 26, when they will be auctioned off to support the corresponding nonprofits.

 

“The art of storytelling transcends all cultures,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “We are pleased to build upon this theme for ‘Summer in Paradise’ this year. Through storytelling, and partnerships with local artists and nonprofits, we can connect the community and share messages of entertainment, cultural preservation, social issues like affordable housing and kindness. We were thrilled with the success of Aesop’s Tables last year and look forward to the continued evolution of ‘Summer in Paradise’ to not only provide free, family-friendly fun, but also to truly make a community impact.” 

 

Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s mission is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low to very low-income families around the world. Currently, the nonprofit operates in 78 countries worldwide, including all the countries represented in the “Global Fairy Tale Village.” Fairy tales from nine different countries will be represented on the playhouses, creating a colorful and whimsical installation on the waterfront. Featured fairy tales include “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America; “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada; “Rapunzel,” from Germany; “Anasi, and the Turtle: Jamaican Folk Tales,” from Jamaica, as well as many others.

 

“Summer in Paradise” is the City of West Palm Beach’s annual celebration of summer, where the City offers free, family fun – and memories – with the waterfront as a backdrop. Deemed the Kingdom of “Storyville,” the Waterfront Commons will include the “Global Fairy Tale Village,” a “Big Storybook” photo opportunity, with a newly crafted chapter; a create your own life-size fable activity; “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an Alice in Wonderland theme and flamingo mallets; and “Fairy Tale Tuesday Trivia.” As is summer tradition, the City will expand its Clematis by Night offerings, booking two times the bands and extending entertainment hours to 10 p.m.

 

“StoryVille,” including the “Global Fairy Tale Village,” will be on display on the West Palm Beach Waterfront at 101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach Florida.

 

For more information about “Summer in Paradise,” and other waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.

 

To apply to participate in the “Global Fairytale Village,” as a nonprofit or artist, please visit wpb.org/events.

 

 

DYK: West Palm Beach is a 4-STAR City

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach has earned the distinction of being a 4-STAR City. STAR Communities recognizes local governments for promoting a healthy environment, strong economy, and wellbeing for all residents. The City of West Palm Beach was recognized as a leader by STAR Communities and was the first 4-STAR city in the State of Florida.

 

The STAR Communities rating system measures performance in seven categories: built environment; climate and energy; economy and jobs; education, arts, and community; equity and empowerment; health and safety; and natural systems. At the time that West Palm Beach earned this recognition, West Palm Beach was one of only 24 local governments in the nation to achieve a 4 or 5-STAR certification level.

 

Thanks to all of our public and private partners who helped make this possible.

 

For more information, please visit: www.wpb.org/STAR or call (561) 804-4994. 

 

 

THIRD-GENERATION LANDSCAPER WINS THREE CITY CONTRACTS, PLANS TO MENTOR WPB YOUTH 

 

        Marlin Wilburn, Marlin's Landscaping Owner      Frank Hayden, WPB Procurement Director

 

 

Marlin Wilburn is determined to do more than simply improve the aesthetics of the City of West Palm Beach. As the owner of Marlin’s Landscaping, the small business owner is planning to use his recently awarded City contracts to also inspire local youth to view landscaping as viable career paths for themselves.

 

Marlin’s Landscaping is one of nine local small business enterprises to have been recently awarded contracts through the City’s Sheltered Market program, which is administered by the Procurement Department. The Sheltered Market program is created for only certified small business enterprises (SBEs) to be able to bid on contract opportunities valued at $500,000 or less. The ‘shelter’ allows SBEs to compete against each other instead of larger enterprises.

 

Thanks to that program, Wilburn bid on and was awarded a $100,000 contract to provide lawn maintenance and landscaping services for city-owned properties. His company, along with Property Works and Vincent & Sons Landscaping, were awarded $362,721 to provide right-of-way mowing services; and Marlin’s Landscaping was one of four companies to be awarded $225,000, collectively, for the provision of lot clearing services. Three additional companies were awarded $162,000 for demolition services.

 

Wilburn, 33, is a West Palm Beach native and third-generation landscaper. For him, the business is personal.

 

“I love my job because I get to work in my own backyard; everyone knows me,” he said. “This is my city. I’m from West Palm Beach. Who else is going to make sure it looks good?”

 

In addition to employing a staff of six, Wilburn plans to train young people, ages 18-24, in how to become skilled in his field. Working in partnership with the Urban League of Palm Beach County, he wants to offer them six-week internships, assisting with the City’s projects.

 

“I want to use these opportunities to help the youth,” he said. “I plan, hopefully, to hire some full-time.”

 

When he began re-tooling the City’s Procurement programs to be more accessible to SBEs, this “trickle down” of business-ownership and employment is what Director Frank Hayden had in mind. In 2016, the Procurement Department introduced new programs to help SBEs be more competitive in the City’s bid process. They include the Sheltered Market Program, bid equalization, the elimination of the Good Faith effort and new small business thresholds. Hayden has set a goal to increase the number of small businesses certified by the City by 5 percent annually and to increase the number of dollars spent with certified businesses by 5 percent annually, as well.

 

“Our first goal is to grow the City’s database of qualified small businesses certified to work with West Palm Beach with an emphasis on engaging more women-owned, minority-owned and small- business enterprises. We’ve streamlined the paperwork to make it simpler and less time-intensive,” Hayden said. “Once certified, business owners are strongly urged to contact my department to learn how the Sheltered Market, bid equalization and small business thresholds work for them.” 

 

Currently, the Sheltered Market program is soliciting bids for construction services for American Legion Post 199’s renovation.

 

“If more small business owners become part of this program, they could potentially be in a position such as Mr. Wilburn’s and be creating more jobs and more opportunities for residents in this City who want to work. That is the ultimate goal – to raise the tide for all boats,” Hayden said.

 

For SBEs that are interested in learning more about the programs, the Procurement Department is holding a “Meet The City” networking event from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Armory Arts Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. RSVP to Aisha Darrough at 561-822-1200.

 

The City of West Palm Beach Procurement Department offers opportunities for all suppliers, including small businesses. It values business relationships and strives to promote fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers. To learn more about its procurement opportunities in the area of goods and services, construction and professional services, visit www.wpb.org/procurement or call 561-822-2100.

 

 

Watergoat to Eat Up Canal Pollution

 

Watergoat on the Stubb Canal, along Parker Avenue south of Okeechobee Boulevard

 

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities Stormwater Drainage team has installed a new pollution control device to help collect trash in the drainage system and reduce impacts to local waterways. A Watergoat device was installed at the Stubb Canal, on Parker Avenue south of Okeechobee Boulevard, to capture the trash and debris fed by the stormwater drainage system around neighboring CityPlace, Tamarind Avenue, and the surrounding industrial complexes. A Watergoat is a nylon net formed around a floating barrier around a storm drain’s outlet. The Watergoat can collect up to hundreds of pounds of trash every rain cycle.

 

When items like cigarettes, plastic bottles, plastic bags and other trash are littered, they are carried by wind and rain into the storm drains and, then, pollute local waterways. The Watergoat will collect trash washing in from stormwater drains on surrounding streets and capture the pollution until Stormwater employees can remove the debris for proper disposal. This device will prevent trash and debris from entering other parts of the stormwater system and reduce potential impacts to the Lake Worth Lagoon and the ocean from marine debris.

 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website, "there is no place on Earth immune to this problem. A majority of the trash and debris that covers our beaches comes from storm drains and sewers, as well as from shoreline and recreational activities such as picnicking and beach going." In addition to the overall benefit to the environment, reduced marine pollution also benefits both tourists and area residents who enjoy local beaches.

 

For more information about the Watergoat device, please visit: http://www.watergoat.org/watergoat.html. The City of West Palm Beach Stormwater Drainage Division is responsible for capturing and conveying the drainage runoff throughout the City. For more information, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Utilities/Our-Divisions/Stormwater-Drainage-Division.

 

2018 HISTORIC PRESERVATION SURVEY!

We are looking for your input! The City of West Palm Beach historic preservation staff wishes to update the existing historic preservation design guidelines to better serve the public. Please provide your feedback by clicking on the banner below.

 

WOODLAWN CEMETERY WALKING TOUR TO OFFER SPRING CHILLS AND HISTORY!
 
 
Join the City of West Palm Beach and historians Janet DeVries Naughton and Dr. Ginger Pederson for a walking tour of historic Woodlawn Cemetery! Your guides, from the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, will tell the story of West Palm Beach by using the cemetery’s headstones. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Palm Beach County’s most influential and important citizens, including a few infamous ones whose story must also be told. This tour, conducted beneath a full moon, will last 90 minutes. Comfortable shoes, water and a flashlight are a must!
 
WHEN:  Monday, April 2, 2018; Check-in is at 7:15; Tour begins at 7:30pm.
 
WHERE:  Woodlawn Cemetery; 1500 S. Dixie Hwy.; arking is available inside the cemetery.
 
COST:  No cost. Donations appreciated. 
 
CONTACT:  Interested attendees are asked to pre-register by contacting Jeslyn Stanislawski at (561) 804-4938 or jstanis@wpb.org.

 

 

Boat Show Road Closures

 

The City of West Palm Beach has announced the following Palm Beach International Boat Show road closures:

  • Thursday 3/8 at 6 AM – Sunday 3/18  at 5 pm
  • Sunday 3/18 at 6 AM – Tuesday  3/27 at 5 PM
    • Southbound Flagler Drive closed between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.
    • Flagler Drive closed northbound & southbound
  • Tuesday 3/27 at 5 PM
    • Northbound Flagler Drive between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.- Closed
    • Southbound lane will reopen to two lanes heading south.
  • Friday 3/30 at 5 PM
    • All four lanes of Flagler Drive reopen.

For information about the Palm Beach International Boat Show, please visit their website: https://www.pbboatshow.com/en/home.html. For more information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: http://wpb.org/#/welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Input Needed!

BDB of Palm Beach County Conducts Survey of Residents

 

The City of West Palm Beach supports the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County in conducting its workforce analysis to evaluate and enhance the regional workforce. As part of this project, they are seeking your input and invite you to participate in a survey. To take the resident survey, please  visit: http://boyette-sa.pbc-skills-residents.sgizmo.com/s3/

 

MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS

for April 2018

(Unless noted, all events free and held at Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach at 411 Clematis Street)

HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL 2018

Taxes Filed Free with VITA volunteers

April 3 to April 17

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

DIY Studios, 2nd Floor

United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to bring free tax preparation service to those in our community with an annual household income of $66,000 or less in 2017 and focus on those who may be eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of up to $6,318.  Walk-in basis, no appointments available.  Supported by IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers.  Call 2-1-1 for more information.

 

The Songs of Elvis Presley

Saturday, April 7; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Auditorium

Join singer-songwriter, novelist, and educator Rod MacDonald and gain a deeper appreciation of Elvis the man and the artist, and his music.  Through live music you will be immersed in all that made Elvis the King of Rock and Roll. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Debunking Healthy (& Unhealthy) Fats

Tuesday, April 10; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Clematis Room

Confused about fat? You're not the only one Join Chef Nina Kauder, a CIA graduate and popular local food artist, vegan chef and educator, and learn about which fats are good and which fats are unhealthy and what myths about fats are untrue. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

“Get That Job” Workshop

Tuesday, April 24; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hibiscus Room

Get free lunch and a flash drive at this workshop that covers resumes, job markets, interviewing skills and more with Career Consultant Angela Wing-Allen.  Registration is required.  Sponsored by a grant from Wells Fargo Bank.For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS:

Hula Hoop Fitness Class

Sundays (No class April 1); 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Pre-Function Lobby

Join Connie Mullen (ACE and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, POUND Pro, FXP Hoop Fitness and Hoopyasa Trainer) and learn how to be fit by using a weighted hula hoop.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

22 Minute Hard Corps™ Workout

Wednesdays; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Auditorium

Join Marie-Elena Aruta, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, for 22 minutes (you can stay longer and repeat the routine if you wish) and you will learn how to get great results in a short period of time.  The challenging but simple-to-follow CORPS workout program was created by legendary trainer Tony Horton and inspired by military training techniques.  Reservation Required.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  

 

Zumba Gold

Wednesdays; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Auditorium

The easy-to-follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. Zumba Gold® classes are perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity..  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Learn to Tango

Wednesdays; 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

PreFunction Lobby

Learn Argentine Tango with professional dance instructor George Grimsley.    Bring your dancing shoes and learn the dance steps of this art form.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Create Art with High Solid Gel Medium

Tuesday, April 3; 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditorium

Join Missy Pierce, artist-in-residence at the Arts Warehouse of Delray Beach, and build a translucent and 3-dimensional design over your painting using high solid gel and stencils.  Bring your experimental attitude!  For entry-level artists.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Monday, April 2 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Internet Resources for the Workforce

Tuesday, April 3; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Life Support Lab

Learn about online resources you can use to help you get the job search results you seek and make the most of your time online.  Registration required.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Basics of Growing Orchids

Tuesday, April 3; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Clematis Room

Join Annette Jackson and Valerie Smith of the Delray Beach Orchid Society, and learn about the basics of growing orchids.   This lecture and hands on demonstration on the care and culture of orchids will inspire you to grow your own. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Design, Make, & Decorate Glycerin Soap

Thursday, April 5; 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Hibiscus Room

Join Craftcation Conference alumna Peggie Miller and create decorative glycerin soaps.  These all-natural soaps are considered to be one of the most moisturizing types of soaps. Being translucent, they allow for creativity in designing shapes and adding decorative elements. All supplies provided.  Registration begins Wednesday April 4 at 10:00 AM.   Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

FREE Resume & Job Help

Thursday, April 5, 12,  & 19

By Appointment

Life Support Lab

Get personalized help creating or updating your resume with Career Coach Kathy Shabotynskyj. Limited spaces available. Call to schedule an appointment: 561-868-7760. Sponsored by a grant from Wells Fargo Bank.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

American Women Artists, Part II

Friday, April 6; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Auditorium

Join lecturer and art historian Joan Lipton, Ph.D. who will present the most representative modern female artists in America. You will be surprised at their varied styles and visions.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Friday Night Jazz:  Davis and Dow

Friday, April 6; 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Auditorium

Tickets: Friends Members $5, Non-members $10

Presented by the Friends of the Mandel Public Library, this popular music series features live jazz performances the first Friday of each month (Dec-Apr).  This month enjoy a performance by multi-award winning jazz duo Davis and Dow who have toured internationally and created original music for TV. Davis and Dow tackle jazz and pop standards with a style deeply rooted in the classic jazz tradition but with a playfulness that keeps the music fresh and fun. Wine and sparkling water will be available for a small fee and light snacks are complimentary.  Seating is first come, first served.  For more information, visit www.friendswpblibrary.org or call 561-868-7709.

 

The Songs of Elvis Presley

Saturday, April 7; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Auditorium

Join singer-songwriter, novelist, and educator Rod MacDonald and gain a deeper appreciation of Elvis the man and the artist, and his music.  Through live music you will be immersed in all that made Elvis the King of Rock and Roll. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Create Bronze Statues with Clay

Tuesday, April 10 (create the clay statue) and

Tuesday, April 24 (turn the clay into bronze)

9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditorium

Join award-winning sculptor Ken Dempsey, BSPA, RN, MEd, and learn the unique process of turning ordinary clay into a bronze statue, an ancient and classic art form.     All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Monday, April 9 at 10:00 AM for both classes.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Debunking Healthy (& Unhealthy) Fats

Tuesday, April 10; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Clematis Room

Confused about fat? You're not the only one. Join Chef Nina Kauder, a CIA graduate and popular local food artist, vegan chef and educator, and learn about which fats are good and which fats are unhealthy and what myths about fats are untrue.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Understand Market Volatility

Wednesday, April 11; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Hibiscus Room

If interest rates keep you up at night, come and get a better understanding of market volatility.Join Mark Scheinbaum, Managing Director at Shearson Financial Services and adjunct professor of International Relations at Florida International University, to explore the causes and effects of market volatility and why it matters.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Comic Book & Pop Culture Club

Wednesday, April 11; 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Iris Room

Join us in an open, friendly environment where comic book and pop culture fans can gather to discuss all aspects of the industry including comics, movies, TV shows, toys, games, and more.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Learn to Paint using Fluorescent Glow Paint

Thursday, April 12; 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Hibiscus Room

Join award-winning and internationally exhibited artist Agata Ren and learn how to use fluorescent glow paint to make your artwork striking with special decorative touches. All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   

 

Friday with the Friends Book Club

Friday, April 13; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Hibiscus Room

Enjoy a book discussion with fellow book lovers from the Friend of the Mandel Public Library group.  This month’s book is National Book Award Finalist Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.  This is a brown-bag lunch event.  Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch before you arrive from any downtown merchant.  This event is free and open to Friends members and the public.    For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Dr. Albert Barnes & His Artists

Friday, April 13; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Auditorium

Join lecturer and art historian Joan Lipton, Ph.D. as she highlights the greatest private American collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, Dr. Albert Barnes.  Learn why Barnes opened a school of art history to interested students and why his collection was criticized by many "powers that be" of the art world.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Foreign Film Series:  El Apóstata (The Apostate)

Sunday, April 15; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Auditorium

This month's film is “El Apóstata.” In this 2015 existential comedy from Uruguay, a Spanish man is trying to apostatize (an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith) from the Catholic Church.  With wry humor the film follows this young Spaniard’s maddening efforts to abandon his Catholic faith.  Petitioning the local bishop in Madrid to hand over his baptismal records, the philosophy student is soon confronted with a stubborn bureaucracy and a comically agonizing process. This film is at times both seriously philosophical and irreverently funny.  (Spanish with English subtitles, 80 minutes).  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Square One Social with Open Mic

Monday, April 16; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM    

Square One, 2nd floor

Young adults (ages 15-29) will have the opportunity to network and mingle with one another in our comfortable Square One space, and poets/artists are invited to perform and share their work during our “open mic”.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.

 

Learn Layering Techniques with Nihonga Transparent Colors

Tuesday, April 17; 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Auditorium

Come and join local artist and designer Robin Wolfenden and learn how to add layers of the brilliant Nihonga pigments over a textured acrylic base.  Nihonga is a traditional Japanese painting technique using pigments derived from natural ingredients with colors from Mother Earth’s natural palette.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Monday April 16 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  

 

The Many Lives (& Wives) of Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, April 18; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Clematis Room

Ernest Hemingway was known for a life of fame, fortune, and adventure.  However, many people are not aware of the women who supported, encouraged, and even challenged the famous American author.  This talk, presented by English and Literature Professor at Palm Beach State College Matt Klauza, explores the author’s life and the women with whom he lived it.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Create Art with Resins

Thursday, April 19; 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Hibiscus Room

Join award-winning and internationally exhibited artist Agata Ren and learn how to use resins to add a thick, glossy and clear coat of resin to your art.    All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   

 

Highlights of American Art, Part I

Friday, April 20; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Auditorium

Join lecturer and art historian Joan Lipton, Ph.D. who will present a lecture about the most representative artists in America from the colonial period up to the Civial War. You will learn about the history and be surprised by the varied styles and visions.    Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Square One Speaker Series with Nikole Konieczny

Friday, April 20; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Square One, 2nd floor

Young adults (ages 15-29) will have the opportunity to learn about the various postsecondary options that are available at Palm Beach State College.  Nikole Konieczny is the program director for Continuing Education and she will provide valuable information and answer attendee questions. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.

 

POUND® Fitness Class

Saturdays, April 21& 28; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Auditorium

Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming motion into an incredibly effective way of working out (you can burn up to 900 calories per hour). Get energized, tone up and rock out! Presented by Connie Mullen (ACE and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, POUND Pro, FXP Hoop Fitness and Hoopyasa Trainer). For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Total Body Workout Bootcamp

Saturdays, April 21 & 28; 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Auditorium

Join Connie Mullen (ACE and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, POUND Pro, FXP Hoop Fitness and Hoopyasa Trainer) and learn how to be fit using a mix of cardio and sculpting exercises.  This "boot camp" includes fat burning conditioning, upper and lower body strength training and mat work for your core and glutes, finishing up with a cool-down and stretch. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Square One:  Polishing Your Online Presence

Monday, April 23; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Square One, 2nd floor

Young adults (ages 15-29) can learn the “Dos and Don’ts” of creating and maintaining a positive online image in our comfortable Square One space with Associate Librarian William Hollis. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.

 

Sugar Alternatives

Tuesday, April 24; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Clematis Room

Join Chef Nina Kauder, a CIA graduate and popular local food artist, vegan chef and educator, and learn about natural alternatives to sugar.  With sugar having fallen out of favor, the options are varied for replacement sweeteners.   For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Make Copper Wire Jewelry

Thursday, April 26; 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM         

Clematis Room

Local artist, jewelry maker, and host of Stitch Rock, Amanda Linton will teach the technique of designing and creating stunning jewelry made from copper wire.  All supplies provided.  Open to all skill levels.  Reservation required and begins on Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00 AM.  Call 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org to register or for more information.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.   

 

“Keep That Job” Workshop

Thursday, April 26; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Square One, 2nd floor

This workshop is an extension of our popular “Get That Job” workshop and focuses on what is necessary to not only maintain employment once it is offered but also become invaluable to your employer.  Participants will learn how to navigate successfully within the workforce and advance along a career path with Associate Librarian William Hollis.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.

 

Highlights of American Art, Part II

Friday, April 27; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Auditorium

Join lecturer and art historian Joan Lipton, Ph.D. who will present a lecture about the most representative artists in America from the Civil War to modern times.     Learn how American art was able to compete with European art as it initiated new styles and content.  Sponsored by a grant from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Square One:  Building a Better Network

Monday, April 30; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Square One, 2nd floor

Young adults (ages 15-29) can learn the importance of developing and maintaining a list of contacts, and establishing relationships that will enhance their professional development, in our comfortable Square One space with Associate Librarian William Hollis.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7707.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS:

Teen Homework Center

Mondays – Thursdays, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

TeenSource, 2nd Floor

Teens, come to the library after school to get free help with homework and other school projects from certified teachers! Snacks provided. Sponsored by the WPB Library Foundation & PBSO. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

Girls Who Code

Wednesdays, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Square One, 2nd Floor

Learn to code, an important computer skill, with other teens. Girls Who Code is a non-profit group dedicated to bridging the gender gap in STEM fields. Sponsored by the WPB Library Foundation & PBSO. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:

Homework Center

Sundays, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mondays – Thursdays, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Kids can get help with their homework from certified teachers for FREE!  Students in grades K - 5 will receive assistance with all subjects and projects in Kidspace, 3rd floor.  Sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

Kids Can Code

Monday, April 2; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For kids in grades K - 5. Nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity during this hands-on, interactive class designed to introduce kids to computer science. All skill levels welcome. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

Kids Can Cook

Thursday, April 19; 4:00 PM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

For kids in grades 3 - 5. Kids will learn cooking basics during this fun and interactive class while engaging literacy, math and science skill. Registration required.

 

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703.

 

 
 

 

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City of West Palm Beach Meetings, Policy Updates

 

 

The next meeting of the City Commission will be on March 26, 2018 at 5pm.

 

To view City agendas, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

To view policy updates via the pass/fail agenda from past City Commission meetings, please visit: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

 

2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 

 

There will be regular service on the following holidays:     

  • Memorial Day - May 28, 2018            
  • Independence Day - July 4, 2018                 
  • Labor Day - September 3, 2018            
  • Columbus Day - October 8, 2018        
  • Veterans Day - November 12, 2018 

There will be NO service on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule. 

The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075. 

 

Downtown WPB Trolley Schedule

 

The Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service is FREE courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Palm Beach Outlets, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Operated by Molly's Trolleys, the trolleys pick up and drop off at designated stops in the City and are handicapped accessible. The trolley is a convenient way to move throughout the City and to visit all of your favorite downtown shops, restaurants, and attractions!

 

There are three routes in the downtown: the Yellow Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. The Yellow and Green Line trolleys pick up passengers every 10-15 minutes, and the Blue Line picks up every half hour with set stop times.

  • The Yellow Line travels to CityPlace and Clematis Street. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm.
  • The Green Line travels to the TriRail Station and downtown to make it even easier to vist our attractions. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 9am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm. 
  • The Blue Line travels through downtown, Northwood Village, and the Palm Beach Outlets. Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturday ONLY, 11am - 10pm; Run every 30 minutes with specific stop times. 

 

2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule 

 

Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

  4/4/18

7/11/18

10/3/18

 

South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery

3/28/18                9/26/18               

5/30/18              11/28/18

7/25/18

 

North End Neighborhoods Meetings:  All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery  

3/21/18                9/19/18

4/18/18              10/17/18

5/16/18              11/14/18

6/20/18

7/18/18

8/15/18

 

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.

 

 

Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

West Palm Working Performance Dashboard:

http://westpalmbeach.clearpointstrategy.com/

Capital Improvement Projects Database: http://gis.wpb.org/cipstorymap/

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Engineering-Public-Works/Sanitation/2016-Holiday-Schedule

 

City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

 

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

 

Road Closure Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates

 

WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18

 

WPB-TV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WestPalmTV

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview

 

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/

 

Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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