Published On: Tue, Mar 1st, 2016

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – March 2, 2016

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     Boca Raton philanthropist Yvonne Boice announced that the Boice Family Foundation will be donating an endowment of $150,000 for scholarships to PBSC for women to study STEAM disciplines. Boice, who has chaired this fundraising initiative for the past four years, is an internationally recognized advocate for women’s issues.

       If you love Mediterranean and Italian, you’re in luck: both cuisines are coming to Boca Raton later this year with the addition of two new restaurants, Maryland-based Ouzo Bay and Big Time Restaurant Group’s Louie Bossi’s Ristorante. By now it’s no secret that New York’s Junior’s Restaurant is coming to Mizner Park, but the shopping center will also welcome a popular Maryland-based restaurant known as Ouzo Bay. Maryland-based Atlas Restaurant Group announced it will be opening an offshoot of its Baltimore-based concept specializing in contemporary Mediterranean and Greek cuisine later this summer in the former Jazziz Nightlife located at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. The new 325-seat establishment has been designed to offer extensive outdoor seating, as well as a 30-seat private cigar lounge and an upscale bar atmosphere. Boca Raton is expected to get an economic boost in the coming years as IDI, a local data and analytics company, plans to add as many as 200 over the next few years. Also coming to Boca Raton later this year will be a second location for Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, the modern American-Italian concept that debuted last July in Fort Lauderdale, located at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road as part of the new Hyatt Place Hotel, expected to open in September.

     Boca Raton law firm Duane Morris was commended at the Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Awards Ceremony for providing legal services to the poor.

     Gumbo Limbo Nature Center marks the start of sea turtle nesting season again March 5 with the 11th annual Sea Turtle Day. Part of the center’s mission is treating sick and injured sea turtles, and this year’s theme is “Keeping Our Sea Marine Debris Free.

     Diamonds by Raymond Lee has opened in the former Boca Diner at 2801 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton specializing in luxury engagement rings.

     Bikers, walkers and drivers along A1A will notice Weeks Marine Inc. staging heavy equipment south of Red Reef Park, as the city prepares to begin the 1.4-mile central beach renourishment. The contractor will dredge material about 2,500 feet off shore, and work day and night to widen the beaches.

     The ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will be able to continue operating under existing rules in Palm Beach County for the next two months. Commissioners voted to extend a temporary operating agreement until April 30, while also freezing fees for traditional vehicles-for-hire and cabs. The commission is looking for state lawmakers to provide statewide regulations.

     A century-old Torah that has made a journey around the world will be taken to Poland in May to complete its restoration, with South Florida Holocaust survivors writing in the final letters of the Old Testament scroll.

     Kinky Boots is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through March 13. Tickets at

     Matilda the Musical is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach through March 6. Tickets start at $28. Call 561-832-7469 or

      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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     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 3, 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.

     The South Florida community will have the opportunity to attend a free Transatlantic Town Hall with members of the German Bundestag and the Congressional Study Group on Germany at Lynn University in Boca Raton on 9-10:30 a.m. RSVP at

     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.  

      London Has Fallen, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Zootopia opens at the Boca Cinemark. The Last Man on the Moon opens at the FAU Living Room Theatre. London Has Fallen opens at the Movies of Delray and at the Movies of Lake Worth. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opens at the Classic Gateway. How To Be Single opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See movie capsules at 2-2016/ or

      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

     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.    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, March 15.  Tickets at or call 561.558.2520.    

     Arlene Herson is the Master of Ceremonies for the Showtime Entertainment Series at Spanish River High School Theater. The series consists of 1 more show, Tony Orlando in Concert on Sunday, March 6th at 3:00PM. If you are interested, please call Arlene Herson at 561-997-6711.

     The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents 33 YEARS, Sunday, March 6, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton.   This dynamic group of musicians, featuring Paula and Kevin Tolly, along with 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.

     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:

     National Committeeman Peter Feaman and Ambassador Ned L. Siegel speak at the Republican Party dinner, 6-8 pm Boca Marriott, 5150 Town Center Circle, March 8. $65 per person, $1000 VIP Photo Reception. $650 Table of 10. Contact Ashley at for tickets.

   Dr. Pierre Chanover, Hidden Child of France Holocaust Survivor, will be the guest speaker at the lunch, 11:30 am at City Fish Market, Glades and the Turnpike. RSVP now at or call 561.702.0000.

     Becoming Dr. Ruth An Unexpected Journey is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 9-13. Tickets are $39. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

      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.

     Tony Bennett is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach March 9-13. Tickets start at $36. Call 561-832-7469 or visit

     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

    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

     Words…Alive! Women of Wit is at the JCC Sandler Center 2 pm March 15. $18, A&L Gold Members; $15, A&L Platinum Members: Free. Call 561.558.2512.

          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

      “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.

     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.

     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  

     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

   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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