Published On: Wed, Apr 5th, 2017

Barrys Buzz-April 5, 2017

barry-blueGuys and Dolls continues at the Wick theatre to April 29. Tickets at

The Chinese Lantern Festival continues 5:30 to 10 pm Wednesdays through Sundays through April 9 at the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in West Boca.

Hispanics now largest demographic group in Palm Beach County schools.

Television’s Dr. Mehmet Oz was running a little late to catch a screening of his daughter’s movie at a film festival in Boca Raton. “A train blocked our way to I-95,” he said, after he popped in to the movie first, then came back out to the lobby for a press conference at Cinemark Palace 20.

Boca West Country Club members brought their friends to show off the $50 million golf clubhouse on its opening day recently. The 153,000-square-foot, two-story building has two restaurants, women’s and men’s locker rooms, activities and conference rooms, and a boutique with handcrafted chocolates.

Table service at a McDonald’s? You bet. And in a bid to capture the millennial market, the McDonald’s at Fifth Avenue Shoppes has also added a double drive-through, self-ordering kiosk and charger plugs for tech devices. The decor has been totally retooled at the 2140 N. Federal Highway location,

Tri-County Animal Rescue’s 15th annual Doggie & Kittie Ball is expected to be a record fundraiser for the West Boca no-kill shelter and national animal rescue efforts, according to event and board chairwoman Sharon DiPietro. More than 600 guests bid on 600 silent auction items.

West Boca Medical Center has added a new vascular surgeon to its medical staff. “We set up a very extensive program at Union Memorial and I’m hoping to start a program with all kinds of vascular care here. That’s a plan,” Dr. Seyed-Mojtaba Gashti said about his work in Baltimore.

Free seminars at the Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton First Wednesdays of each month, 11 a.m. – 12 noon – see specific dates below* April 5 – Post Hypnotic Suggestions: Altered States of Consciousness In Therapy May 3, 2017 – Feminist Therapy June 7, 2017 – Autism Spectrum Disorders All seminars are presented by Faulk Center for Counseling graduate students pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral degrees in psychology, social work or mental health counseling. No cost to attend. *Dates subject to change.

The headliner for this year’s A Concert for the Children is Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. The “Dreamgirls” star will perform at the fundraiser for the 25 children’s charities supported by the Boca West Foundation on April 4 at the Akoya Amphitheater on the country club’s grounds,

Avi Hoffman and Shari Unger speak at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club April 12 lunch and learn on the Dachau album. RSVP at

Monica Lewinsky speaks on social media safety at a Boca West lunch 11;30 April 19. Tickets are $100.

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-emeritus 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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