Published On: Sun, Dec 1st, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You During This Week of Thanks

Rabbi Rony Keller, Rabbi Robert Silvers, Robert Weinroth, Steve Allen

Congregation B’nai Israel of Boca Raton has partnered with Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church for 36 years to provide a beautiful day of celebration to thousands of community members in need.

Together with local restaurants and country clubs, and many other members of the community, CBI provides a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, pies, cakes, and cookies, and more to individuals and families who would otherwise go without during the holidays.

Etta and Raymond Zimmerman

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services once again partnered with the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton to help over 700 local residents who may otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving to enjoy a festive holiday meal.

Robin Rubin and Amy Ross

The guests at this annual Thanksgiving banquet, which took place at the Levis JCC, were comprised mostly of seniors. However, the event was open to residents and participants of JARC FL, a Boca Raton-based agency that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Close to 400 volunteers assisted in the event, sponsored by Etta and Raymond Zimmerman.

In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving meals served by volunteers, guests were provided bus transportation if needed and were given goody bags to take home.

Florida Atlantic University clinched Conference USA’s East Division with a 34-17 win over Southern Miss on Saturday night. The Owls ended the year with nine wins in their final 10 games and a 7-1 mark in C-USA play.

Doug and Linda Paton

FAU (9-3) will play UAB next Saturday in a matchup Kiffin compared to the NFL’s championship game.

FAU has won two East Division titles in Kiffin’s three seasons.

UAB won the C-USA Western division after defeating North Texas 26-21 Saturday and secured their spot in the 2019 C-USA championship game.

This will be the Blazer’s second appearance in the C-USA championship since the football program returned to the university in 2017.

Marilynn Wick

While the Owls were celebrating their win against Southern Miss, across town Marilynn Wick was presenting The Music Man to rave reviews!

There is trouble in River City with Meredith Willson’s most famous flim-flam man comes to town in The Music Man. Winner of the 1957 Tony Award for Best Musical, this classic Broadway blockbuster includes hits like “’Til There was You”, “76 Trom- bones”, “Lida Rose”, and “The Wells Fargo Wagon.” Don’t be surprised if a full marching band shows up on stage.

Arlene Herson, Marilyn and Marc Swillinger

In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and spent 245 weeks on the Billboard charts. The show’s success led to revivals, including a long-running 2000 Broadway revival, a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television adaptation.

Playing now through December 28th, get your tickets before it marches out of town at:


4th Annual Empty Bowls Delray Beach – December 8th 11AM – 2PM

Old School Square Pavilion
$25 per person for advance purchase by 12/7/19
$30 per person at gate

Shelley Menin & Marla Garchik Co-Chairs


Empty Bowls is a national grassroots event that raises money for hunger relief. This unique event invites the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Old School Bakery provides rustic breads and 30 local chefs donate their signature soups, all carved by local celebrities. Guests share in a simple meal of bread, soup, and water. Each receive a unique bowl to take home as a powerful reminder of all the empty bowls In the community. Local schools (including American Heritage, FAU, Gulf Stream, Palm Beach Stare, Pine Crest, St. Andrews, and St. Joseph’s Episcopal) create bowls to sell during the event.


  • Almost 200,000 individuals in Palm Beach County don’t knew where they’ll get their next meal. More than 60,000 are children. More than 60,000 are seniors.
  • Palm Beach County is the 100th largest school district in the United States, and more than GO percent of the county’s school-aged children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. For many of these children, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school may be the only meals they are eating each day.
  • It would take 73 million pounds of food to eliminate hunger in Palm Beach County.

All proceeds from fundraising event benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank to fight hunger right here in our community.

Holiday Street Parade – December 11th 7:30PM – 9PM

Parade route begins at Federal Hwy & SE 5th Street, traveling north to Mizner Park Amphitheater.

Please note: Federal Hwy. will be closed to vehicular traffic from Glades Road going south to Camino Real starting at 5pm to approx. 11pm.

The City of Boca Raton’s 49th Holiday Street Parade welcomes more than 70 floats and groups to entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights and song to Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

Plan ahead – Walk, bike, car pool, ride share services or use free parking at:

  • City Hall (201 W. Palmetto Park Rd.)
  • Building Administration (200 NW 2nd Ave.)
  • Downtown Boca Raton Public Library (400 NW 2nd Ave.)

Admission is FREE. For more information, please call 561.367.7073.

48th Annual Delray Beach and Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade – December 13th at 6:30PM

The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Delray Beach invite you to celebrate the holiday season Florida style at the 48th Annual Holiday Boat Parade, December 13, 2019.

This flotilla of brightly-decorated boats will line up North of the Boynton Beach Inlet and motor south at 6:30 pm, which will light up the Intracoastal Waterways throughout Boynton Beach and Delray Beach to the C-15 canal. The boats will be decked out to awe the panel of judges that will be awarding prizes. The watch party at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:30 pm with live music setting the stage for the parade. For many, this family-friendly free event has become a yearly tradition, parade-goers are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the colorful view. This holiday illumination show can be viewed in Boynton Beach at Boynton Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park and in Delray Beach from Veterans Park and Knowles Park. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

For more information: Boynton Beach- 561-600-9097 or City of Delray- 561-243-7250.

Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade – December 15 6:30 – 8PM

Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge

Entering your boat in the 43rd Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect way to experience the Holiday season! Otherwise, enjoy the parade, food, and drinks from Red Reef Park (west), the Wildflower Property, or Silver Palm Park viewing areas.

Bridges are held in the up position for approximately 45 minutes during the parade. Please avoid these areas during estimated closing times to avoid traffic delays. The estimated bridge closing times are:

  • 6:50PM – Spanish River
  • 7:20PM – Palmetto Park
  • 7:30PM – Camino Real

For more information, please call 561.367.7073.

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