Published On: Wed, Feb 10th, 2016

 Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Feb. 10, 2016

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      Roger Stone speaks for the third time discussing his book, The Clinton’s War on Women, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at City Fish Market, Glades and the Turnpike. Register at

     A new Community Advisory Panel was appointed by the Boca City Council. The panel members are: Deborah Carman and Ashton Parfitt, former members of the Community Relations Board; Jay Van Vechten, Eric Gooden and Evelyn Panagakos Lamia, former members of the Advisory Board for People with Disabilities; and Terry Randolph, Lawrence Katz, Barbara McManus and Linda Weiss Rose, former members of the Education Advisory Board. Jon Carter, student body president of Palm Beach State College Boca Raton Campus, and Charles Farthing, a former member of the Elder Affairs Advisory Board, also were appointed to the panel.

     Palm Beach County is moving forward with a proposal for a 1-cent sales tax increase, although some commissioners are concerned the list of priorities is growing too large. What started as a proposal to fund backlogged road and building repair projects now includes requests for $228 million in funding for arts and culture, $28 million for radios, in-car cameras and body cameras for sheriff’s deputies and $16 million for homeless housing.

    Boca police are offering a free self-defense program for women and teen girls.  The Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange, or S.A.F.E., program is a crime-victim-prevention class that educates women and teenage girls about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape and survive assaults. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Boca Raton Police Training Building, 6500 Congress Ave. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. To learn more or to register, visit Enrollment is limited to 20 people per class.

     Junior League of Boca Raton presents Flavors of Boca, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at The Addison, 2 East Camino Real. Tickets are $65. VIP tickets are $125. RSVP at or call 561.620.2553 for sponsorship opportunities. Reborning is at the Black Box Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st st. Delray Beach through Feb. 14. Tickets are $30, $40 and $45. Call 561.450.8151 or visit

     My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy will run to March 27 at the Palm Beaches Theatre (formerly Florida Stage/Plaza Theatre). Tickets are 4$40-$65 at 1.844.448.7469 or

      West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Feb. 18, 2016, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tulipe Café, Boca Grove Shopping Center. $60 per quarter. Fill out form on site if you qualify and bring $60 for fourth quarter. For more information or questions, call 561.852.0000.

       Pack On The Go is not your average moving company. They are a concierge full service, packaging, shipping moving and delivery company at affordable pricing. Their goal is to stand above the rest, by offering professional packing and moving assistance. Call 561.498.7801 for a free quote.

    Singles can improve their online dating profile by going to

     Beth Ami Congregation, 1401 NW 4th Ave. Boca Raton, presents a new weekly program, Current Events and Conversation with an emphasis on Israel and the Jewish people, moderated by Alan Bergstein on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25., Open To: All Beth Ami Members, Guests and Friends at no charge subject to security check at the door. Please contact the office for registration: 561-347-0031.

      How to be single, Deadpool and Zoolander 2 opens at the Boca Cinemark. Dough opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres, Movies of Lake Worth and Movies of Delray, which also opens Room.  Where to Invade opens at the Classic Gateway. Dough, Dirty Grandpa, Concussion and Norm of the North opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See movie capsules at

      Acclaimed for its ‘magic’, ‘simplicity’, and ‘compassion’, Carnival blends music, comedy, and pathos into what has been referred to as ‘America’s Magical Musical’.  Carnival is at Margate’s Stage Door Theatre through February 28th. Tickets for Carnival are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at Group and Subscriber Discounts are available for all Stage Door productions.

     Stop by and say hello to the vendors at the Boca Raton Green Market, in its 19th year, open every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, at the southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S Fed Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd in downtown Boca Raton, offering farm-to-table fresh-picked produce from local growers, plants and flowers, prepared foods, doggie treats, cooking demonstrations, and lots more. Live music on the Piazza stage features the Jim Kovalcik Duo who will be entertaining with their unique renditions of flute and keyboard.      

     Robert Creighton, one of the busiest character actors working on Broadway today, will present his new Cabaret LUCKY IN LOVE just in time for Valentine’s Day!, at the FAU Theatre Lab, Parliament Hall. The concert will feature music primarily from the first few decades of the 20th Century – songs like I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU, MAKIN’ WHOOPEE, AIN’T SHE SWEET, THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME, MY FUNNY VALENTINE, YES SIR THAT’S MY BABY…and more! It will be a celebration of love and life and laughter.  Accompanying Robert on Piano is Matt Perri, Broadway Music Director and celebrated pianist. Admission is $20, Student admission is $5 (cash only) with student ID at the door or at the FAU box office. For tickets, call 800-564-9539. 

     Other Desert Cities is at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Delray Beach to Feb. 14. For reservations, call The Delray Beach Playhouse Box Office at (561) 272-1281 Ext. 4. Tickets are $30.00. [Student tickets are half-priced.]

    “South Pacific” plays through Feb. 14 at The Wick Theater, 7901 N. Federal Highway, in Boca Raton. Tickets are $70 to $80, matinees Wednesdays through Sundays; evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visit or call the box office at 561-995-2333.

     Unlikely Heroes, directed by and starring Avi Hoffman will run through February 21st at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (2nd Floor). The theatre is located at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park (opposite Lord & Taylor).  Tickets for Unlikely Heroes are $35 (plus $4.50 S/C).  Excellent group rates (10 or more) are also available at 828-536-0963. Tickets for Unlikely Heroes can be purchased on line at, or by phone at 800-595-4849.   Performances days and times are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

    Lawrence Dermer: From the Lower East Side to Tinsel Town will be at the JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton, 7:30 pm, Feb. 16, 23 and March 1, 15.  Tickets at or call 561.558.2520.    

     Rock of Stages, a tribute to Rock Musicals is at the JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton, 7:30 pm Feb. 13. Call 561.558.2512 for info.

     Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was portrayed by Will Smith in Concussion, and the first doctor to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in NFL athletes, will be at the FAU LifeLong Learning Society auditorium, 5353 Parkside Drive, PA-134, Jupiter, 7 pm Feb. 16. Fee is $65. Call 561.799.8547 or register at

      ADT’s chief executive Naren Gurshaney will be honored with the Florida Atlantic University’s 2015 Business Leader of the Year Award 8 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Call 561.297.4732 or email for more information and tickets.

     The Chabad of East Boca Raton invites you to an intimate evening with Professor Alan Dershowitz February 17th at the Addison, 2 E Camino Real, Boca, including a reception and dinner with reflections by Professor Dershowitz, honorary vice chair of MyIsrael Center. exciting evening, call Adina at (561) 394-9770 or go online to:…/Embrac…/lang/en.

     Free smoking cessation program is at the Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Road, Boca, 6:30-8:30 pm Feb. 17. Call 561.483.5100 X 105.

     Alan Bergstein debates Rabbi Barry Silver 7pm, Feb. 17 regarding the upcoming Presidential elections at L’Dor Va’Dor Synagogue, 3475 Woolbright Rd. Suite, #19, Boynton Beach (Village Square Shopping Center), followed by Q and A. All are invited, no charge or registration. Proper decorum requested.

     What is next for Israel and America – Assessing the past to secure our future is the talk by Laura Blumenfeld, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a best-selling author, who has seen the Israeli-Arab conflict from all angles, 7 pm Feb. 17 at Zinman Hall 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton. RSVP is required to attend. VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY ONTO CAMPUS. For more information, contact 561.852.6022 or

    Proving a single person can change the lives of thousands of others, Sabrina Kurzman will be honored for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) during the 26th Annual Book of Hope Luncheon on February 18, 2016. The elegant affair includes a fashion show featuring Spring and Summer collections from Saks Fifth Avenue and takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $150 per person. Those interested in attending the luncheon or wishing to become a sponsor may contact Jennifer Wieczorek by email at or by calling 561-218-2929 (#1, Ext. 2).

     Arlene Herson is the Master of Ceremonies for the Showtime Entertainment Series at Spanish River High School Theater. The series consists of 2 more shows, Holmes with Dick Capri on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30PM and Tony Orlando in Concert on Sunday, March 6th at 3:00PM. If you are interested, please call Arlene Herson at 561-997-6711.

   Henry Winkler speaks at The Event 2016, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, at B’nai Torah Congregation. Register at or call 561.852.5031.

     Lynn University political professor Robert Watson has some free upcoming lectures at Lynn University, Boca JCC, Watson lecture on the Holocaust, Feb. 24, 7:30 PM,

     Melissa Rivers is featured at the JFS Reflections of Hope Luncheon 11 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Mizner Center, 501 E. Camino Real. Call 561.852.3333 or email for tickets and information.

     Lead actor and Cappi award winter Brendan Feingold will be starring in the new up and coming production in the John Travolta part in Grease at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Feb. 25, 27, 28. VIP seating; $36, Reserved Seating: $25, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free. Tickets at or call 561.558.2512.

     “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s Tony Award nominated musical comedy, will run February 25th-28th in the Boca Community High School Kathryn Lindgren Theater five performances: February 25-27, at 2 and7 pm; call (561) 338-1533 or go to for tickets.

     Scott Kirkpatrick, President and COO, General Assembly speaks 6:30 to 7:30 pm Feb. 25 at the Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25. Purchase online at or call 561.237.9000. Valet parking, $10 (cash only). Free parking in the H lot, formerly the North lot.

     Faulk Center for Counseling presents Psychodrama to raise awareness about Mental Health, 5 pm Feb. 25, minimum fee $5. Call 561-483-5300 x105.

     Palm Beach County Mayor Mary Lou Berger hosts the 2016 Mayor’s Ball to benefit the Homeless Coalition Feb. 27 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The black tie gala will include a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. The theme of this year’s ball, “Be Inspired” — encourages guests to create change in the community. Tickets are $250 at Homeless Coalition’s web site,

      A tribute to the musicians who put the Big Band era on the map will Big Band Concert Series in the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park. Troy Anderson and his Wonderful World Band will perform a Louis Armstrong Tribute at 2 p.m. Feb. 28. The Latin jazz band Orquesta Nostalgia will return to the Willow at 2 p.m. April 24. Tickets are $25 per person per show at or call the box office at 561-347-3948.

     Pulitzer Prize-Winning Syndicated Columnist and Commentator Dr. Charles Krauthammer speaks at the St. Andrews Country Club, Feb. 29, 2016. For more information, call 561.835.0510 or email:

     The 10th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, will have everyone “on their feet,” March 4 – 16, 2016 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor) in Boca Raton. Among the performers and authors recently announced as part of the lineup for the 10th annual Festival of the Arts BOCA are: Herb Alpert and his wife; violinist Joshua Bell conducting the Lynn Philharmonia in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”; a cirque act and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” each with a live orchestra; and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Also on the bill are an English translation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and 12-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander, who performed at Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater last year. 

     JARC 30th Annual Gala Dinner Dance is March 6, 2016 at Boca West Country Club, featuring Live and Silent Auction. For more info, call 561.558.2572.

     The P&P professional division networking happy hour is 6 pm March 8 at Davinci’s of Boca, 6000 Glades Road (Town Center of Boca Raton). $18 per person, includes cocktails and Light hors’doevres. To register visit:, call 561.852.3128 or email:

     Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora & Delia Ephron is at the Levis JCC Sandler Center, March 10-13. This intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman uses clothing and accessories as a time capsule of a woman’s life to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to. VIP Seating: $36, General Admission: $25, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free.

     The 21st Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival’s Student Showcase of Films is 9:30 a.m., March 11 at Lynn University’s’ Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca. $11,500 in Awards! Celebrity Presenters! Student Film Clips! Paparazzi! Film School Exhibits! RSVP by March 4th by calling 561.233.1000.

     The 8th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities is 10 am to 3 pm March 12 in Spanish River Park on A1A in Boca Raton. Mobility Mats on the sand make the beach accessible for folks in wheelchairs. Thanks to the kindness of the membership of Boca’s own Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, half hour boat rides on the Intracoastal will be one of the event’s most popular offerings. Guest will also receive complimentary admission and parking at Spanish River Park, thanks to the City of Boca Raton, a free BBQ lunch, a nonstop concert with numerous performing and recording artists, DJ’s providing dance music in various park locations, and a dozen costumed action heroes – including Captain America, Spiderman, Superman, Snow White and many others. A perennial favorite therapy ponies and service dogs will be there mixing with guests as well. Even Ronald McDonald will be on hand to delight youngsters with his magic tricks. A significant feature of the event will be the 30+ exhibitors drawn from across the full spectrum of disability goods and services, on hand to provide information and counseling for caregivers, family members and those with challenges. Supported by a year-round Planning Committee of 30 local volunteers, the ranks of the Bash swell to nearly 500 volunteers the weekend of the event. “We are a totally grass-roots, community-driven organization,” says Van Vechten. “Our volunteers come from local high schools and colleges, civic groups, corporations, churches and synagogues. If folks have the stamina for a full day on their feet, we’ve got a place for them,” he says. Deductible Contributions are now being accepted by the Bash’s not-for-profit-sponsor, the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3). Send checks to the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., PO BOX 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429. If you prefer to make a donation on line, visit the Bash website,, where there is a direct link to PayPal.

     Chris Hansen speaks at the KidSafe Foundation 7th Annual Gala, 7-11 pm March 12, Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place, Boca Raton. $125 per person until Feb. 20th, $150 per person after Feb. 20. Cocktail attire, Premium open bar, dinner, dancing, Silent and Live Auction by Neil Saffer. Sponsorship opportunities available. Visit

     Jewish Family Services golf outing is March 21, 2016 at St. Andrews Country Club. Golf, cocktails, dinner and award presentations. Reservations at or call 561.852.5013.

    A free Young at Heart Women’s Expo is 9 am to 2 pm March 31, 2016 at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Call 954.574.5341.

     A Concert for the Children starring the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with the Symphony of the Americas and a tribute to Natalie Cole. Also, featuring the Atlantic City Boys, sponsored by The Boca West Foundation is 6 pm April 5, on the great lawn at Boca West Country Club. $175 per person to benefit childrens’ charities.  To purchase tickets, please call Debbie Corso at 561.852.3142, email or visit

       The Palm Beach International Film Festival is April 6 – April 14, 2016. See for schedules and tickets.

     The 14th Annual Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival benefitting the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is Bacchanalia 7 pm April 8th and Vintner dinners April 9th at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real and Vintner dinners at various residences in Boca Raton. Cost is $125 for the Bacchanalia and $325 for Vintner dinners. Tickets at or call 561.395.6766 Ext. 101.

     The 14th Annual Doggie Ball to benefit Canines & Felines, has been rescheduled to Sunday April 10, 2016 at Boca West Country Club. This is the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Tri-County Animal Rescue.  Call Erica Tricarico at (561) 482-8110 or email

     Sincere condolences to the family of Flossy Keesely, champion of the Arts, born in Vienna, Austria on April 18, 1914 and died Jan. 28 at the age of 101.

     West Boca News, Sun-Sentinel, Jewish Journal, South Florida Business Journal, Boca Life Magazine and Palm Beach Post contributed to this column.

     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the, the, the and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. Email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  Read his blog on www.barry’ His blog is also on, and on his website:

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