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July 2, 2017

 

 

Mayor Muoio Advocates

for West Palm Beach in Washington

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio, with City Attorney Kimberly Rothenberg, visited Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for important issues in the City of West Palm Beach that are relevant in Washington. The meetings focused on public safety, safeguarding our water, and investing in infrastructure and mobility.

 

Mayor Muoio with Senator Bill Nelson in Washington, D.C.

 

The Mayor participated in a total of eight meetings in one day at the offices of these federal lawmakers and agencies:

  •         Sen. Bill Nelson, (D-FL)
  •         Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-FL)
  •         Rep. Lois Frankel, (D-FL)
  •         Rep. Alcee Hastings, (D-FL)
  •         U.S. Coast Guard
  •         U.S. Department of Justice
  •         U.S. Department of Transportation
  •         U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As part of the Mayor’s plan to improve mobility throughout downtown West Palm Beach, especially along the Okeechobee Corridor, she asked the U.S. Coast Guard if the Royal Park Bridge could stay down during rush hour. The Mayor intends to use data from the City’s Mobility Study to submit a formal application by the City, and—pending the Coast Guard’s approval-- changes to bridge timing during the work week could be possible.

 

While at a meeting at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Mayor shared her continued opposition to extending State Road 7 through Grassy Waters Preserve, with the hope that the Corps will not grant a permit for the extension. Spanning 23 square miles, Grassy Waters is home to protected and endangered species, the source of the City’s drinking water, and a remnant of the Everglades.

 

“I am pleased to help advance the needs of West Palm Beach and help federal officials understand the priorities in our City,” said Mayor Muoio.

 

The Mayor also voiced concerns about federal housing budget cuts, expressed support for the Drone Federalism Act, and advocated for $15-million in grant requests for police and fire staffing, equipment, and IT critical incident response and infrastructure.  

 

4th on Flagler Returns to the

City of West Palm Beach Waterfront


Free event features the largest fireworks display in South Florida

 

 

 

 

 

From flags to fireworks – and even life-size human foosball – West Palm Beach’s 4th on Flagler, one of South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day events, will have it all. Returning to the waterfront on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., tens-of-thousands of guests are expected to celebrate freedom at the popular and festive 29th annual celebration, which will feature a Military Honor Ceremony, larger-than-life games, a dynamic art exhibition, live music, and an impressive, 18-minute fireworks display dazzling over the Intracoastal Waterway. Fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:00 p.m.

 

Patriotic activities for 4th on Flagler include the Military Honor Ceremony, which includes a tribute to all branches of the military, presentation of the local Hometown Hero award, a capella performances and the unfurling of a three-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building.  

 

Back by popular demand, guests are invited to play large-scale versions of their favorite games, like human foosball, bowling and giant Jenga. For attendees looking for throwback fun, carnival-style games, such as bottle ring toss, rubber duck fishing games, and more, will be available in the Lake Pavilion. All ages are welcome to participate, and for $5 per person, one wristband provides access to all large and small games. Guests can also tee-off on the tropical-themed Glow-Fore-It, a 9-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course located on the Intracoastal. Cost is $2.50 per round. Children can also create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters in StoryVille or engage in age-appropriate crafts and games in the children’s area. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including local craft beer.

 

4th on Flagler will also feature two stages of live musical entertainment and a DJ Dance Area. Performers include:

  • Emily Brooke, one of the top 50 contestants on season 14 of American Idol, will rock the stage with her edgy, fun and true country music sound.
  • Voted Spot Magazine's 2013 Band of the Year, Grayson Rogers will perform a blend of dynamic original music and chart-topping country hits.
  • Making Faces, a popular and dynamic band known for its unique blend of original music known as "roggunk" (rock/reggae/funk). 
  • One of South Florida’s most dynamic and captivating musical ensembles, The Dee Dee Wilde Band, will perform popular Top 40 hits along with classic dance songs.

New this year, guests are also invited to relax and unwind on the new Aesop’s Tables interactive art exhibition. The newest community gathering spot, the exhibit features 25 hand-painted picnic tables created by 19 local artists depicting colorful and distinctive interpretations of Aesop’s Fables. Residents and visitors are encouraged to picnic, lounge and connect with fellow community members at the tables all summer long.

 

4th on Flagler is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, Community Events Division. For a complete schedule, please visit:  http://wpb.org/events.

 

4th on Flagler Sponsors to date include: City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Program, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Coca-Cola, West Palm Beach Marriott, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, SUNNY 107.9, X 102.3, 850 AM, 640AM, Beatz, Discover the Palm Beaches, the Hilton West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Outlets, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, All My Sons Moving and Storage, Jimmy Johns WPB, the Town of Palm Beach, Rhythm & Hues, SkyBike, Jet Ride, Good Samaritan Medical Center and Schumacher Automotive.

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio, Marriage Equality Activist Raise Rainbow Flag at City Hall

 

Julie Seaver of Compass, Stephen Sunday, and Mayor Jeri Muoio with

Commissioners Shanon Materio, Sylvia Moffett, and Paula Ryan

 

On Monday, the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, Mayor Jeri Muoio—joined by activist Stephen Sunday, Commissioners Shanon Materio (District 5), Sylvia Moffett (District 1) and Paula Ryan (District 3), Julie Seaver of Compass, and City employees—raised the rainbow flag outside of City Hall to promote equality.

 

“We have a real commitment here in West Palm Beach to make sure that everyone in our City and everybody who works for our City is treated equally,” remarked Mayor Muoio at a press conference outside City Hall.

 

The timing of the flag raising ceremony on June 26 is significant, because it marked the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Two other significant LGBTQ anniversaries are recognized on surrounding dates. The late Gilbert Baker, rainbow flag designer, first raised the rainbow flag on June 25, 1978, and the Stonewall riots movement began on June 28, 1969.

 

Sunday, a trailblazer in marriage equality and in the fight for AIDS research and awareness, approached Mayor Muoio about flying the rainbow flag two weeks ago.

 

“When I asked Mayor Muoio about flying the flag, there was no hesitation on her part," he said. "That says a lot about our City, which is very diversified.”

 

June was  LGBTQ Pride month, and the City flew the rainbow flag—the banner of the Pride movement—until the end of the month.

 

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e4 Life Green, Health & Wellness Expo

Scheduled for July 8

 

We've partnered with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium for our 4th annual e4 Life! This event is designed to help families take action and make environmentally-conscious decisions in everyday life.

 

Event includes:

  • Information about carbon footprint reduction and giveaways;
  • WaterVentures Learning Lab;
  • E-recycling of old electronics;
  • Animal encounters;
  • Energy-saving tips for your home;
  • FREE planetarium shows with admission.

West Palm Beach residents receive a free conservation kit and a free tree while they last! West Palm Beach residents also receive 50% off the price of admission.

 

Join us for e4 Life on July 8, 2017 from 10am-4pm at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium at 4801 Dreher Trail North!

 

You're Invited to the WPB Public Safety Job Fair

 

Interested in a career in public safety?

Be sure to join WPBPD and WPBFR for this career expo!

 

Location: West Palm Beach Fire Station #5

700 N. Congress Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

 

Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

 

 

Community Budget Workshops:

New Location Announced!

Workshop in Northwest Added to Roster

 

The City of West Palm Beach has officially added another workshop to its roster of Community Budget Workshops! Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners invite West Palm Beach residents and members of the public to participate in the Community Budget Workshops series. The City is holding the workshops to be transparent about the budget process, to let the public know how their tax dollars are being spent, and to give the public an opportunity to make recommendations about the City’s 2017-2018 budget.

 

The workshops will be hosted by Mayor Muoio, Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, and Budget Manager Linda McDermott. They will be held in each of the City’s five districts.

  • July 24, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1)
  • July 26, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress (District 2)
  • July 27, 2017, 6:00 PM; Flagler Gallery at City Hall (District 3)
  • August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Blvd (District 4)
  • August 2, 2017, 6:00PM; U.B. Kinsey Education and Community Center; 720 8th Street (District 3)
  • August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5)

For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.

 

 

‘Old City Hall’ Surface Parking Lot to Close

 

Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, the surface parking lot adjacent to the former City Hall site located at 200 2nd Street will no longer be available for parking due to demolition.

 

In addition and for the duration of the demolition and subsequent construction, all on-street parking at the individual space meters along the perimeter of the site at these locations will be unavailable:

  • East side of 200 block of Olive
  • North side of 2nd Street (between Olive and Narcissus)
  • North Narcissus 200 block
  • South side 200 block of Banyan Blvd.

The City invites the public to park in any of our five parking garages at these locations:

  • Banyan & Olive Garage; 200 Banyan Blvd.
  • City Center Garage; 400 Banyan Blvd.
  • Clematis Garage; 500 Banyan Blvd.
  • Sapodilla Garage; 600 Clematis St.
  • Evernia Garage; 333 Evernia St.

For additional information, contact Ed Davis, Parking Administrator, at (561) 822-1495.

 

City of West Palm Beach

Community Events for July of 2017

 

 

 

 

4TH ON FLAGLER

Tuesday, July 4
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration features two stages of LIVE entertainment, children’s activities, giant games, military honor ceremony, and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information: wpb.org/events

 

ONGOING FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

StoryVille

Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Children create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters.

Game Nights
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.mFREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront

Participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga.Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free at the Waterfront Activity Station on the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information: wpb.org/events

Glow FORE it Mini Golf

Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Palm Beach Waterfront

9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.50 per person per round. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course. For more information: wpb.org/events

 

CLEMATIS BY NIGHT
Free Weekly Concert Series- extended summer hours!
Every Thursday; 6-10 p.m.

West Palm Beach Waterfront

West Palm’s favorite Thursday night tradition proves why it has been the “hot spot to chill” for twenty plus years. During Clematis by Night, guests will enjoy two bands every Thursday throughout the summer. Celebrating 22 years with twice the entertainment all summer long, this free weekly outdoor concert series features live performances by the area’s best bands, food specials and an unmatched ambiance. Visit wpb.org/events for details.

July 6     Happy Independence Day- no Clematis by Night

July13   Headliner: Spred the Dub (Reggae/Ska)

Opener:  Reggae Souljahs (Reggae/Pop)
Spred the Dub is South Florida's favorite 'Feel Good Reggae' band infusing elements of soul, funk and R&B with a foundation of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae to create sonic landscapes and massive drum & bass rhythms.  Reggae Souljahs deliver seamless, electrifying performances consisting of favorite reggae/dance hall hits as well as pop tunes infused with island flavor.

July 20 On the Roxx (80's Tribute)

Skin City Angels (80’s Arena Rock)
On The Roxx performs a variety or pop, rock and dance songs from the 80’s to the hit songs of today. Skin City Angels is an 80's tribute band covering everything from Def Leppard and Bon Jovi to Van Halen, Journey and much more!

July 27 Headliner: Samantha Russell Band (Country)

Opener:  Burnt Biscuit (Country Rock)
The Samantha Russell Band plays songs from classic country to southern rock to originals, as well as the occasional current pop tune. Burnt Biscuit is a five piece country/southern rock band from Palm Beach County. 

 

SCREEN ON THE GREEN
July 14  Boss Baby

8-11 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free outdoor movie featuring Boss Baby. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to this theater under the stars. Wpb.org/events for details.


SUNDAY ON THE WATERFRONT
July 16:  Show Biz Kids-Tribute to Steely Dan
4-7 p.m. FREE
Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St.

Enjoy faithful renderings of the music of Steely Dan brought to you with artistry and love. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to this outdoor event. Wpb.org/events for details.

 
NORTHWOOD VILLAGE ART NIGHT OUT
Last Friday of each month: July 28
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
FREE
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village as they stroll down Northwood Road with local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries which will be open late, and live street-side artists and musicians. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com

 

PICNIC IN PARADISE

Saturday, July 29;

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

West Palm Beach Waterfront

The community is invited to enjoy the outdoors this summer with a Picnic in Paradise on Saturday, July 29 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Pack a picnic dinner or order take-out from downtown restaurants and enjoy outside activities, music and the art exhibition, Aesop’s Tables. This evening is presented by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with the city’s annual Summer in Paradise promotion on the waterfront. For details, visit http://downtownwpb.com.

Mandel Public Library Events for July 2017

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is located at 411 Clematis Street

Events Free Unless Noted Otherwise

KIDS PROGRAMS

Summer BreakSpot - FREE Meals for Kids & Teens

For children and teens ages 18 and under

Mondays-Fridays, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

June 6 - August 1

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, with the School District of Palm Beach County, is proud to be a Summer BreakSpot, offering FREE nutritious lunches and snacks all summer long to kids and teens ages 18 and under. Sponsored by the USDA Summer Food Service Program. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Summer Break Soccer

Mondays

3:45—4:30 PM for Kids Ages 2-5

4:30—5:15 PM for Kids Grades K-5

Children will learn how to play soccer through interactive stories! A certified coach will demonstrate techniques so kids can see a skill, learn it, practice it and replicate it. Sponsored by the Quantum Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Space is limited. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Family Play Date                                                 

For ages 9 months-pre-K

Tuesdays, 10:15—11:00 AM

Have fun with our toys and games and listen to great music. Make friends and discover new activities and songs. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Mad Science! Be a STEAMologist!

For kids entering grades K – 5

Tuesdays, 1:30—3:30 PM

Kids will play, create and learn while having fun each week using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills. Space is limited. Sign up for a half-hour time slot upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Om Yoga for Kids

For kids entering grades K – 5

Thursdays, 10:15—11:00 AM

Have fun and learn the basics of yoga. We provide the yoga mats. Sponsored by the Quantum Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Space is limited. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Preschool Yoga                                     

For ages 2 - 5

Fridays, 10:15—11:00 AM

Preschool-age kids will learn the basics of yoga during this fun and interactive class. Sponsored by the Quantum Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Space is limited. Sign up upon arrival. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Decorate Your Own Tiny Fable Table

Sunday, July 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Join Tiny Doors West Palm Beach to decorate your very tiny table! As part of the City of West Palm Beach ARt in Public Places Summer 2017 Aesop’s Tables initiative, kids in grades K-5 can come and decorate a mini picnic table of their own with characters from one of the many Aesop’s Fables stories. Explore a tiny artistic side of West Palm Beach with whimsy and imagination! Space is limited, sign up upon arrival. For more information, call KidSpace at 561-868-7703.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS:

Be a YouTube Star for Teens

Mondays-Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn to make professional video and be a YouTube Star. Topics change weekly.

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Hack Your Mac: for Teens

Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Square One Room

Learn how to use the iOS operating system and hack your mac. In July, topics will expand to include Windows and general computing concepts. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS:

Learn How to Swing Dance!
Tuesdays in June and July, 6:00 - 7:00 PM; PreFunction Lobby

Bring your dance shoes and learn how to swing with Grigol! Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Cardio Drumming Fitness Classes
Saturdays, June 10 – July 29, 1:00 - 2:00 PM; Auditorium

Make music and exercise at the same time! This fun and energetic class is for all levels (you don’t have to know how to play the drums)! Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Becoming a YouTube Star: Grown Up Edition

July 11, 2017, 10:00 AM – Noon; Life Support Lab

Join us to learn about the essentials in becoming a YouTube star. Everything from planning your content, to finding out what’s popular and loading content. Must have intermediate computer skills, a smartphone and a valid Gmail address. Registration required, call 561-868-7760. Note: Please come with a pre-recorded video saved to your smartphone. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Meet the Author: Ann Marie Sorrell!         
Wednesday, July 12, 6:00 - 7:00 PM; Clematis Room

Meet the author Ann Marie Sorrell and hear all about her book Chronicles of a Serial Dater. Join us on her journey through the good, bad, funny - and steamy - of dating and relationships. A book signing will follow the free author event.  For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Learn How to Juice with Chef Nina!
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 - 7:30 PM; Hibiscus Room          

Learn some delicious, nutritious and easy juicing recipes with Chef Nina! Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Making Summer Wreaths

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 -3:00 PM; Clematis Room

Join Peggy Miller and learn hot to make fun summer wreaths from scratch.  These wreaths can be easily changed out ot match the next holiday. All materials are provided. No registration needed. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogy Series; Clematis Room

Friday, July 14

Lecture 1 – 10:30 AM - Introduction, Getting Started, and Webbing It - What's Online?

Lecture 2 – 11:30 AM - Learning to Love the Census

Friday, July 21

Lecture 3 – 10:30 AM - Using DNA to Trace Ancestry and to Find Cousins

Lecture 4 – 11:30 AM - Vitally Important: Births, Marriages, and Deaths.

Friday, July 28

Lecture 5 – 10:30 AM - Marching Orders - Military Records

Lecture 6 – 11:30 AM - Crossing the Pond: Old Country Roots

For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Paint Mandala Rocks!          
Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 PM; Hibiscus Room          

Join instructors from Uptown Art and learn how to paint (step-by-step) mandala patterns on rocks!  Experience the rock painting craze in a relaxed and fun-filled group setting. All supplies are included. First come, first served. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

Politics in the Arts with Professor Kristal Boyers

Thursday, July 27, 2:30 – 4:30 PM; Clematis Room

Great talent has a free spirit and often encounters friction with the establishment. More than that, there is a strong relationship between the arts and politics, particularily between various kinds of art and power. This has occurred across historical epochs and cultures. No registration required. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7760.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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