8th Annual celebrating everyBODY: a walk for eating disorders awareness to welcome honored Guest Former Seattle Mariners’ Catcher, Mike Marjama

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness will hold its eighth annual walk for Eating Disorders Awareness “celebrating everyBODY: a walk for eating disorders awareness on Saturday, February 23, 2018 at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL. Registration will begin at 9:00 am, and speaking will commence at 9:30 am. This year’s theme is #NotOneMore with hopes that not one more life is lost, child is taken, or precious time is destroyed by this insidious disease.

The event will feature guest speaker Mike Marjama, Former Catcher for the Seattle Mariner, who was encouraged to cut weight for the wrestling team. The pressure for weight loss led to the development of an eating disorder. Mike was admitted to inpatient treatment for his eating disorder and found his recovery. Mike ultimately gave up a career as an MLB catcher to help people with eating disorders.

The Alliance is expecting 800+ walkers and hopes to raise awareness of eating disorders, positive body image, and recovery. More than 30 exhibitors will be present, as well as a photo booth, kid’s arts and crafts area, and more.

The 4GirlsFoundation is once again the title sponsor of the walk alongside Alsana, Eating Recovery Center, Veritas Collaborative, Walden Behavioral Care, Center for Discovery, Oliver-Pyatt Centers, The Paderewski Family, Timberline Knolls, The Renfrew Center, DI Law, Advanced Recovery Systems, ViaMar Health, Athleta, and many more. They are all coming together to support The Alliance’s mission and goals of building awareness, education, and early intervention of eating disorders.

The Alliance is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders.

Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently experiencing, and recovering from eating disorders. The Alliance offers comprehensive services, including: educational presentations to schools, healthcare providers, hospitals, treatment centers, and community agencies; free, clinician-led weekly support groups for those struggling and for their loved ones; support and referrals through both our free help-line and comprehensive referral website, www.findEDhelp.com; and advocacy for eating disorders and mental health legislation. In August 2017, The Alliance opened Psychological Services, which offers direct, low-cost, life-saving treatment to underinsured and uninsured adults in our community. Since its inception, The Alliance has offered presentations on eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem to more than 300,000 individuals nationwide.

Spring Break Camps


March 18-22 – Lego Robotics & Minecraft! by Digicamp

Students will build and program Lego EV3 Mindstorms or Lego WeDo Robotics* – designed to help children take ownership of the learning process, enabling them to actively develop the problem-solving skills and collaborative outlook necessary to become creators, not just consumers. This session employs a split day format where students get to spend the morning learning robotics and coding skills, and the afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges. Students will be grouped by ages for appropriate level curriculum. $345

March 25 – Storytelling with Scratch & Minecraft by Digicamp

Kids love to tell stories and in this camp we will teach your children how to use computer programming to tell stories. Using storyboards and sequential planning processes, your children will create a short story using Scratch. The afternoon is spent completing cooperative Minecraft challenges.Only $85 for the day

March 18-22, 25: Spring Break Mini Camp at the J

Offering Camp for K-5th grade: games, sports, crafts and swimming; Indoor Soccer Camp for K-8th grade; and Travel Camp for 3rd-8th grade ($65 per day) $275 per week or $60 per day.

March 18-25 Up, Up and Away at Sugar Sand Park 

Offering a variety of programs including Explorium Spring Break Blast, Computer Animation, Circle of Friends, Fun & Fitness, KidzArt, Puppet Workshop and more.

March 18-22: Ocean Adventure Camp Spring Break 2019

Ages 5-15, Co-Ed, Red Reef Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campers get to experience a unique hands on approach to Marine Science while having the time of their life learning and mastering new water sports like snorkeling, surfing, paddleboarding, sailing, and more. $406 non Boca resident, $325 Boca Resident.

March 18-22: Spring Break Camp at the Y

Ages 5-11 years old, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join the Y After school staff for a variety of activities including swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games and more. $40 per day for members and $70 per day for non-members.

Levis JCC Sandler Center Pays Tribute to the Catskill Mountains

Levis JCC Sandler Center Pays Tribute to the Catskill Mountains

Memorabilia, Entertainers, Comedians, Artists, Musicians, Speakers and Films

Boca Raton, FL (January 3, 2019) – The Levis JCC Sandler Center will be kicking off 2019 with its ode to the great Catskill Mountains from February 1 – March 3.  With a unique exhibition, a robust calendar of events, and a roster of special guests ranging from Steve Sands, who inspired Patrick Swayze’s character in Dirty Dancing, to Elaine Grossinger Etess of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel fame, New York transplants will be name-dropping for miles as they take a stroll down memory lane.  Showcasing memorabilia, entertainers, comedians, artists, musicians, speakers, films, and Catskills Scholar in Residence Phil Brown, Greetings from the Catskillswill transcend visitors to those fancy-free summer days that were so instrumental in shaping Jewish American History.  

Greetings from the Catskills Line-Up At-a-Glance:

February 1, 1 p.m.

A Hotel Kid: The Story of Brown’s Hotel with Lonnie Brown Rowley

Sunday, February 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception at the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery

Greetings from The Catskills Exhibition: This historical exhibition explores the origins, history and the heyday of the Catskills, formerly the most celebrated Jewish vacation destination in America, through photographs, personal stories, artifacts, mementos, audiovisual display and more.  Each item offers unique insights into the peak of Catskills summer culture. 

Sunday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.

Visiting Scholar, Phil Brown, author and professor: “The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills”

The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills featuring Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown.  Brown is the founder of the Catskills Institute and author of Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area

February 7, 7:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Jews starring Stewie Stone – A retrospective of Stone’s career as an A-list opener for show business greats. 

February 12, 2:30 p.m.

Stop at the Red Apple with Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

The entertaining inside story of how Rueben Freed’s roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest, told directly from the owner’s daughter. 

Greetings from the Catskills Line-Up At-a-Glance:

February 1, 1 p.m.

A Hotel Kid: The Story of Brown’s Hotel with Lonnie Brown Rowley

Sunday, February 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception at the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery

Greetings from The Catskills Exhibition: This historical exhibition explores the origins, history and the heyday of the Catskills, formerly the most celebrated Jewish vacation destination in America, through photographs, personal stories, artifacts, mementos, audiovisual display and more.  Each item offers unique insights into the peak of Catskills summer culture. 

Sunday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.

Visiting Scholar, Phil Brown, author and professor: “The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills”

The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills featuring Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown.  Brown is the founder of the Catskills Institute and author of Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area

February 7, 7:30 p.m.

Rhythm & Jews starring Stewie Stone – A retrospective of Stone’s career as an A-list opener for show business greats. 

February 12, 2:30 p.m.

Stop at the Red Apple with Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

The entertaining inside story of how Rueben Freed’s roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest, told directly from the owner’s daughter. 

February 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sal Richards Live!

Sal Richards was an original headliner at the Laurels Hotel. 

February 14, 2:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Honorary Grand Chair Elaine Grossinger Etess of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel fame

Sharing Catskill stories with Barry Lewis, editor of the Times Herald-Record.  This is a rare chance to hear about the rise and eventual demise of the Borscht Belt from one of the truly iconic figures of its era. 

February 17, 2:00 p.m.,

The Second Annual Jam Concert by Marshall Turkin Classic Jazz Ensemble

Special Appearances by songstress Glenda Grainger, pianist Gary Lawrence, and bassist Don Coffman, who have long histories of performing at the various Catskill resorts. 

February 26, 7:30 p.m.

From 2nd Avenue to the Catskills with the Harry Frank Band

2nd Avenue Musical Theater, Klezmer, and Yiddish favorites and lots of comedy too; with the greatest musicians and artists who performed on the grand stages of the Catskills multiple resorts.  

The Levis JCC Sandler Center is perpetuating a new standard in cultural arts and encourages local residents and those that reside far beyond county lines to attend and share their Catskills stories and memories. 

Event tickets range from free to $40.  A Catskills Showcase Pass is available for $199 and includes the entire month of events.  For details and additional programs, please call the Sandler Center at 561-558-2520 or visit www.levisjcc.org/culture.  The Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton. 

Farmers, Jokes and Spelling: What’s Happening in Boca this Weekend

Help the West Boca Drama Department bring their show Little Women to the Florida State Thespian Festival in March.

January 11, 2019:

Old Jews Telling Jokes at Mizner Park Cultural Center. 7:30 p.m. Call 844-672-2849 for tickets. Tickets start at $45. Must be 18+. Continuing through February 10th.

Eyes to the Skies at Science Explorium in Sugar Sand Park. 6:30 p.m. View the moon and mars. Free program, no registration required.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee presented by Lightening Bolt Productions. 7 p.m. at West Boca High Theater. Shows also on January 12th at 7 p.m. and January 13th at 2 p.m. Call 561-886-8286 for tickets starting at $35.

Comedian Gary Valentine at the Boca Black Box. 8 p.m. Nine seasons on the hit CBS show “The King of Queens.” Shows also January 12th at 7 & 9 p.m. Call 483-9036. Tickets are $35.

January 12, 2019:

Radical Reptiles at Daggerwing Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5+. Join naturalist for family friendly program. Reservations required: 561-629-8760.

Palm Beach Veggie Fest at Mizner Park Amphitheater. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free and open to public.

American Rustic at Kings Point Theatre at 2 p.m. Presented by Spanish River Concerts. Country and Folk Music. Call 1-800-716-6975 to buy tickets. Tickets start at $46.

Seriously Frank presented by Matthews Entertainment. Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. 2 pm., 8 p.m. and January 13th at 2 p.m. 561-347-3948. Tickets are $35 per person.

A Shayna Maidel at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. The play explores family, faith and forgiveness. 7:30 p.m. Also January 13th at 2 p.m. and continuing through January 27th. For tickets, call 561-558-2520. $30 general admission.

January 13, 2019:

Farmer’s Market Sunday at Boca Center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Courtyard.

What I Learned in Brooklyn Don’t Behave Starring Comedian Steve Marshall at the Boca Black Box. 7 p.m. Tickets $25.

2019 Changes for West Boca News

Changes are coming to West Boca News. We have been building and growing since roughly 2012. We started with this website then expanded onto Facebook, Twitter, an e-mail list, and most recently we’ve been doing more on Instagram.

Going forward there are two changes for 2019. They won’t affect most of our readers, but they’re big for us.

SUBSCRIPTION CONTENT

We will be offering a subscription option for our followers. If you subscribe, you will get access to premium content. The highlight of this will be the return of detailed local crime reports with analysis. This is something we hope to start soon.

We stopped doing most local crime reporting a couple years ago for a few reasons. Most important for now is the fact that Facebook is anti-free speech and punishes users who post content of various types. Even our recent and less involved local crime reports have been flagged. Facebook specifically points to “judicial proceedings” as a problem. So we’re moving this off Facebook as much as possible.

Subscribers will also get full access to detailed restaurant inspection reports. We will continue some free inspection reporting but it will be limited.

Other content will include videos of incidents, and other things that we have not been publishing because of Facebook restrictions.

We expect the subscriptions to cost $5/month and hope to have this up and running by the end of January. Facebook is offering its own subscription program at $5/month, but we can’t use that because of their restrictions.

ADVERTISING

We are ready to expand our advertising for local businesses. We used to limit ourselves to 15 advertisers which meant one ad post a day. We have been brushing up against that limit for several months.

Going forward we will now accept up to 30 advertisers so our readers may now see two ad posts on some days. To kick this off we are offering a New Year special. If you start in January you’ll only pay $199/month and you’ll lock in that rate through the end of the year. Starting February 1 the rate goes up to $249.

If you’d like to advertise with us, please e-mail warren@westbocanews.com.For those who might complain, please recognize that we put a lot of time into West Boca News and we make very little money at it. As a result we have been inconsistent in our restaurant inspection reports and have limited our efforts in other ways. The subscription model gives us the incentive to do more.