Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2016

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – March 16, 2016

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The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of South Palm Beach County is hosting its 2016 Granting Wishes cocktail reception on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Boca Rio Golf Club. Guests will be the first to learn about JWF’s 2016 grant awards. They’ll also hear from guest speaker Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of the women’s books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as other self-help books, host of the PBS television show Happy for No Reason, and a leading national speaker on happiness, success and unconditional love. The Granting Wishes event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine, with dietary laws observed. The couvert is $85 per person, and all are welcome to attend. To register, and for information about the event or about becoming a JWF Trustee, visit or contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561.852.3188 or

     The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in partnership with AB Bernstein, will present 50 Children: The Story of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus on, March 16th at the Boca West Country Club. This program will feature the HBO film, produced in association with the Museum, chronicling the efforts of Gilbert Kraus and his wife, Eleanor—two Americans who undertook the successful rescue of 50 Jewish children from Vienna in the late spring of 1939. There are two ticket options for this event: 1) Pre-Event Private Reception ($100) – 6:15 PM There are two ticket options for this event: 1) Pre-Event Private Reception ($100) – 6:15 PM Includes full open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a signed book, meet and greet with Steven Pressman, film screening, panel discussion with special guests, and a dessert reception. 2) General Admission ($25) – 7:30 PM Includes film screening, panel discussion with special guests, and a dessert reception.* Online Registration:

  West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is March 17, 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.

     Darden is shuffling its leadership structure as part of an earlier effort to pare down management at the company’s restaurant brands. The presidents of the Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands will now directly report to Darden CEO Gene Lee, while the presidents of Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze will report to Olive Garden President Dave George.

     Being half-way finished, Boca West Country Club will complete a $50 million renovation of its golf and activities center in December, including upgraded golf shop, ballroom and locker rooms, which members  will still have access to during construction.

      The Toys R Us demolition in the Mission Bay Shopping Center is under way. There is a new hair salon, Hair Therapy Concept, in Boca Greens.

    Coquina shell accents, tile roofs and column details will give the Swim & Racquet Center of Greater Boca Raton a new Mediterranean look in 2017. Local architect Doug Mummaw presented plans for renovations to the facility during a meeting of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District commissioners. “Think Boca Hotel,” Mummaw said. “It’s not going to be as ornate, but you’ll see accents of what you see there.” No changes have been made to the facility at 21618 St. Andrews Blvd. since the district bought it from a private developer in 2000 for $3.75 million. The district first broached the idea of updating the center about two years ago and put $2.7 million in renovations in the budget this year.

     Beginning next month, in-home caregivers working in Palm Beach County will be required to have a county-issued license and undergo a criminal background check — or face fines up to $500 per violation.

      Miracles from Heaven (opens Wednesday) Hello my Name is Doris, The Bronze and the Divergent Series: Allegiant opens at the Boca Cinemark. Hello, My Name is Doris and Embrace of the Serpent opens at the FAU Living Room Theatre. Hello, My Name is Doris opens at the Movies of Delray. Army of Darkness opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Bronze opens at the Classic Gateway. Star Wars, Kung Fu Panda, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Gods of Egypt opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See movie capsules at

     It’s a parking lot full of great 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 this week features Dymin and her special brand of island music.

     Pack OnThe 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.

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     What’s New Pussycat? The Soundtrack of an Era will run through March 27 at The Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Marggte. Tickets are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available. Call 954-344-7765 or go on line at

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

   Capitol Steps: Mock the Vote is at the Kravis Center,701 Okeechobee Blvd.West Palm Beach March 15-27.Tickets are $40.Call 561-832-7469 or

     Outreach Performance Project of Boca Raton High School will host “I Rise,” an evening of dance, singing and entertainment, April 16, 2016 at the Kathryn Lindgren Theatre at Boca Raton High School at 1501 NW 15th Court, which is near the I-95 Exit to Glades.  The cost is $20 for VIP seating, $15 for general seating and $10 for students.  All proceeds go to cancer research at the Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton. The event will feature top high school and university student talent plus young professionals from the surrounding community.  The Outreach Performance Project is a nonprofit organization which brings talented dancers, singers and thespians together to raise money for local medical and health causes. For tickets and information call Maria Lasso at 561-212-3924 or  Tickets available online at

     “Tales of Hollywood by Bob Perlow” will be at the Theater of the Palm Beaches, in Manalapan, 7 pm March 20. Call 561.362.1234 for tickets and info.

     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.

     Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 22-27. Tickets start at $27. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

     The city of Boca Raton is moving ahead with its most extensive traffic study. The public is invited to attend a second workshop regarding the intersection of East Palmetto Park Road and NE/SE Fifth Avenue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 23 at the Boca Raton Downtown Library, located at 400 NW Second Ave.

     The Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St.  presents Little Shop of Horrors, March 26-April 10 . Tickets are $30 ($15 for students 18 and younger) and can be purchased by calling 561-272-1281 Ext. 4.

     An Evening with Sophia Loren is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 28. Tickets start at $39. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

     Johnny Mathis: The 60th Anniversary Concert Tour is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 28. Tickets start at $30. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

     Michael Feinstein Conducts the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra Hooray for Hollywood is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 30. Tickets start at $30. Call 561-832-7469 or visit  

    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.

     Kelly Carlin: A Carlin Home Companion, daughter of legendary comedian and social critic George Carlin, is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 31-April 2. Tickets are $39. Call 561-832-7469 or visit  

      Honor Your Doctor Luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is 11:30 a.m. March 31 at Boca West Country Club,20583 Boca West Dr. benefitting medical and nursing school students attending four local universities: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. The public is invited to share in the celebration by nominating their favorite doctor (including dentists) by downloading, completing and submitting a nomination form online and donate $40 per nomination or $100 for 3 nominations. There is no limit to how many doctors a patient can nominate or how many times a patient nominate them. Nominated doctors will be invited to attend the luncheon as a guest with the physician receiving the most votes recognized as the 2016 ‘Doctor of Distinction’. For nominations, sponsorships, information and reservations, visit or contact Deborah Freudenberg at (561) 299-1429.

     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 Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents 33 YEARS, April 10, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Avenue. This dynamic group of musicians, featuring Paula and Kevin Tolly, and bass guitarist Dr. Robert Watson, consider themselves Americana as they like to perform covers from traditional and contemporary country, rock, blues, and bluegrass music.  Reservations are required.  Computer users need to enroll via the Library Event Calendar on the Library website,  Non-computer users may call (561) 807-7141 for enrolling.

      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

    Inaugural Shine Like a Star Luncheon is April 13, at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33434. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. VIP reception; 11:30 a.m. Luncheon. Luncheon Couvert $100; Luncheon and VIP Reception $200. Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided to children, teens and adults with special needs at the Levis JCC. Marianne Jacobs, Director, Helene & Roy Schwedelson Speical Needs Programs, 561-852-3256 • • RSVP online at

     Elyssa Kupferberg and the late Irving Eckhardt will be honored 6 pm April 18 at Woodfield Country Club. The Reception couvert is $65 per person, and dietary laws will be observed. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561.852.3188 or

   The 2016/2017 Broadway series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts include Cinderella, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, Something Rotten!, Matilda and Finding Neverland. More info at

      West Boca News, Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Business Journal, Boca Life Magazine, New Times 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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