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West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director, Tami Lesser, Speaks About The Role Of The Mandel Public Library Of West Palm Beach. A Library Is More Than A Building Filled With Books

The Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach is truly a community center!  Our interview with Tami Lesser, West Palm Beach Library Foundation Director gives you more insight to serving 760,000 people each year! Programs at the Library are FREE to you…yet not free to the Library.  Save Saturday, April 4 for Food for ThoughtCall to reserve your spot for a Tour of the Library!  From personal visits, discussions with library staff and the West Palm Beach Library Foundation personnel, The Rickie Report shares the importance of what this library is providing and can provide in the future. Has anyone noticed their “411” address = “Information, please”?  We give you a comprehensive list of all programs available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Palm Beach Library Foundation

BE A COMMUNITY BUILDER

 

 

“Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture.” – Russell Banks

 

TRR:  We are excited to welcome you!  Tell us more about your role .

TL:

 

As the new Executive Director of the Library Foundation, I have quickly come to understand and experience these meaningful words by celebrated American writer Russell Banks. The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is much more than a building filled with books; it is vital institution that enriches and strengthens our local community.

 

Your generous support allows us to continue to provide an educational and inspirational center where children can excel and adults can thrive. Gifts to the Foundation support these fundamental programs, services and resources for our community members who need them most.

 

TRR:  Can you give us some specific examples of what you offer beyond books?

TL:

 

Every day, I witness magical moments at the Library that showcase the difference we are making in people’s lives:

– Young adults continue their education and earn their High School diploma or earn a job thanks to our job training programs.

– Our senior community stays active with fitness classes and stays engaged by meeting friends for lectures, jazz concerts, and art classes.

– Teens receive guidance from a mentor, learn new skills in job readiness programs, get help with schoolwork from certified teachers, or just hang out with their friends in a safe and creative space.

– Children actively learn, discover and explore while doing homework or reading, and have fun with music, arts and crafts, dance and more.

– Families connect with each other and meet new friends during storytimes, baby yoga, self-lead activities and special events.

 

Dog Tales at Mandel Public Library

 

 

TRR:  Tell us more about “community building”

TL:

 

This Library is a Community Builder – the structure, the wonderful staff and the programs and resources offered are all aiding, encouraging and shaping our community programs in a remarkable and critical way!

 

The library serves over 760,000 people each year, providing our children, teens, and adults endless opportunities for learning, growth, enrichment, inspiration, entertainment and so much more.

 

The Library Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for the Library to provide the free quality programs, services and resources that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. A great public library depends on a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding from the City. Because of our generous donors, we have a gem in our community that serves as a center for learning, inspiration and creativity.

 

To express our appreciation, I am excited to share that we have launched the WPB Library Foundation Giving Society to recognize our supporters, who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to the Library Foundation. Our first Giving Society event will be on March 11 with celebrated columnist and author, Leslie Streeter.

Please see our newsletter below for more information about the Giving Society and the March 11 event as well as other important news. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now for our main event, Food for Thought, which takes place on Saturday evening, April 4.

If you have not yet come on a library tour, please let me know and we will make it happen. I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Teens at Mandel Public Library

 

 

Programs We Fund:



From providing technological support, to highlighting different cultures, to a vast array of programs and services, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach presents many new, unique, and interesting events that are free to the public – but, of course, not really free for the Library. For example, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported programs and utilities such as:

  • Baby and toddler yoga classes
  • Equipment, so computers are fully accessible for children
  • Teen Mentoring and Support for high-risk teens
  • Get that Job Programs, preparing youth and adults for the working world
  • GED Programs so individuals obtain high school diplomas
  • Children and Teen Homework help Centers with certified teachers
  • Children’s Summer Academy with a free healthy lunch every day
  • Technology classes/ Girls Can Code classes
  • Art classes
  • Dog Tales

 

For the child inspired to read on her own after attending story time … the student who needs high-tech computer access to complete his homework assignments … the new resident seeking connections in the community … the job hunter preparing for an interview … the small business owner researching marketing techniques … or the senior who masters sending emails so they can stay in contact with friends and family across the country … the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is here to serve the entire community.

Now is the time for those with the capability to step up and lend support to ensure a strong, accessible, enriching public library for generations to come.

The following are just a few of the programs the West Palm Beach Library Foundation has supported at the Mandel Public Library. To find out how you can support these and other programs, call the Library Foundation at 561-868-7793.

 

 

Arts411 at Mandel Public Library

 

The After School Elementary Homework Center helps children excel in all academic programs.  Located in the heart of the Children’s Library, the center’s certified teachers use creative and interactive teaching methods to assist children.

The Teen Homework Center on the second floor in the teen section of the Library provides high-risk teens with a safe environment where they receive academic support. They have the opportunity to meet with other teens to work on projects in the arts, sciences, and math.  The Library becomes a place where teens receive help with academics while developing and building life skills.

Science Projects 101 helps low-income children achieve gains in scientific literacy.  Since many children lack support at home to complete science projects. During two-hour sessions, students and parents learn about the scientific method and receive kits which include materials needed to complete their science projects.  Pre- and post-survey results have shown that children who participate in the program substantially improve their science knowledge and grades in school.

Children’s Summer Academy minimizes or reverses “Summer Slide” for low income children.  This six-week program provides a safe, accessible learning environment which enables children to maintain and build their skills in reading, writing, science, and math.  Breakfast and lunch are provided as incentives to attend the programs and to provide the energy needed to fully engage in the learning process. 

The Summer Reading Program for preschool- and elementary-age children. This program encourages these children to complete reading logs, which track the number of books they read. Every week, children receive books to help them build their home libraries.  Books selected by the children have included Caps for Sale, A Pocket for Corduroy, Flat Stanley, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Magic Tree House series, Bad Kitty, Captain Underpants, Charlotte’s Web, and James and the Giant Peach.

Early Literacy Bilingual Computer Stations in our KidSpace strengthen the skills of preschoolers to promote school-readiness. These computer stations enable the Library to expand its outreach to young children who have limited or no access to computers at home and at school. At the Mandel Public Library, the Early Literacy Computer Stations increase the Library’s ability to meet school-readiness goals for both English and non-English speakers.

Dog Tales provides reluctant readers with opportunities to read aloud to trained therapy dogs that listen to these young readers so they can develop a love of reading and improve their reading comprehension.  With dogs present six days a week during the school year and three days a week during the summer, Dog Tales has become a treasured program.  The Library ensures that new Library Edition books are available for the children who participate in the program.

Let’s Read is a volunteer-based literacy program that improves the reading skills of children. Annually, forty volunteers trained in the art of reading aloud bring story times to 1,800 students in four academically struggling schools. This results in children developing stronger reading skills and a love for books.  Children in the program receive gift books to build their home libraries.  Children served through this program begin to develop a lifelong relationship with the value of the printed word and begin to see reading as an enjoyable experience.

Teen Mentoring builds self-esteem and provides teens with the confidence and motivation they need to be successful in life. Teens come to the Library and discover a safe haven where they will receive homework help, get advice on life’s challenges, make friends who have similar interests, and receive assistance with job readiness, GED, and college preparedness. At-risk teens acquire the skills needed to become outstanding, responsible citizens.  A variety of activities designed with their needs in mind, such as lectures, arts and crafts, poetry slams, and group technology projects, help them develop a more positive outlook on the future.

Young Adult to Senior Adult programs abound at the Library as recreational, educational, and cultural settings. The Library provides free skill-building, physically engaging, and diverse life experiences which are not found anywhere else.  Tango, swing dance, yoga, and Pilates are just a handful of the classes offered at the Library. Imaginations soar and educational opportunities thrive for tens of thousands of people every week.

Job Readiness Programs, underemployed, and unemployed young people and adults eager to find work and/or full-time positions take place through out the year.  Due to their lack of computer and job readiness skills, adults receive assistance in preparing resumes, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, gaining computer program knowledge, and improving writing skills.

Studio 411 Art Classes and Lectures   is a comprehensive studio space for the library’s popular range of arts programs, where  artistic adults can create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and even jewelry-making…with all supplies included!  This studio provides so many adults in our community an outlet to be creative, develop their talents, and learn from local artists.
 
Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation supported by YOUR generous donations.

 

UPCOMING  EVENTS:

 

 

VIP Cocktail Reception with Black Widow Author Leslie Gray Streeter for Giving Society Members

Join Leslie Gray Streeter, The Palm Beach Post columnist and new author, for a discussion of her memoir,
Black Widow: A Sad/Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title 

MARCH 11, 2020  Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  VIP Cocktail Reception for WPB Library Foundation Giving Society
Meet the celebrated columnist and new author during her book launch tour.
Members will receive a signed copy of the book, and complimentary valet parking at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street.
Reserve your seat at 561-868-7715 or WPBLF@WPBCityLibrary.org.
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Black Widow Book Discussion & Signing,

FREE and open to the public

 

 

Last day to pledge:

 Wednesday, February 26 at 9 pm

 

 

Just make a donation of $20 or more to our charity page on theAmerican Honda Birdies for Childrenwebsite and then guess the total number of birdies that will be made by the entire field in the four rounds of the 2020 Honda Classic golf tournament.  To help you along, they provide you with the total number of birdies made in each of the last ten tournaments.  Best of all, 110% of your donation will benefit the WPBLF.

 

Donate here to benefit the WPBLF and make your best birdies guess:

 

 

2020 Food For Thought    Saturday, April 4, 2020

6:30 – 9:30 PM

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach   411 Clematis Street | West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Complimentary Valet at the Library Book Drop on Clematis Street. You’re invited to an elegant dinner party featuring notable authors and personalities leading an array of lively discussions. Choose your table host to converse, inquire, and engage with this expert, and guests of similar interest, about your favorite topic. Gain insights about varied topics including the arts, architecture, culture, current affairs, entertainment, history, literature, music, news, science, and more. Dinner will be served in the impressive ‘Grand Reading Room on the 4th Floor. Your support benefits the free quality programs, services and resources at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach that enrich and strengthen our diverse community. Peruse the menu of great conversations and table hosts on our website www.WPBLF.org   Cocktail Attire.  The vision of the West Palm Beach Library  Foundation is to create an inspired community where children excel and adults thrive. After purchasing you tickets we will contact you to chose your table host our you are welcome to call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715 Sponsorship opportunities please call: Nickie Hennevelt 561-868-7715

 

 

 

For more information:

Visit www.WPBLF.org

Mail a check to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation:

411 Clematis Street  3rd Floor  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Call Tami Lesser at 561-868-7793

To join the Giving Society, contact Executive Director Tami Lesser
at 561-868-7793    Levels starting at $1,000 minimum annually.

Email:  TLesser@WPBCityLibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Grassy Waters Conservancy Announces Nature Photography Classes And Opens Call For Annual Amateur Photography Contest, Including New Photography Contest For Junior Nature Photographers


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The City of West Palm Beach, Mandel Public Library, Armory Art Center and the Grassy Waters Conservancy are partnering to promote the 2020 Grassy Waters Annual Amateur Photography Contest. The Mandel Public Library will host classes on iPhone photography (January 18), Beginner and Intermediate Nature Photography (February 8), and Intro to nature Photography for Families (February 22).  Award winning photographer, Barry Schein will teach these classes. Guided Nature Walks take place on January 19 and February 8.  For the first time, there will be a Junior Nature Photographer component!  The Deadline for entries is February 28.  All entries must be taken on or of Grassy Waters Preserve.  The exhibit opens at the Armory Art Center on April 3 and runs through April 11.  The exhibition continues at the Mandel Public Library from April 18 – May 17. The Rickie Report shares the details here and urges you to go out and take some photos!  You MUST sign up for classes and nature walks. You will find the information in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRASSY   WATERS   PRESERVE

Amateur photographers and Junior photographer are invited to showcase the natural beauty of the Preserve’s environment and wildlife by submitting work to our 17th annual competition.

 

 

Entries are being accepted February 1 through February 28, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

For details:  grassywaters.org  or email  gwcphoto@grassywaters.org

 

 

Grand Prize photo by Ken Craig

 

 

Grassy Waters Conservancy  Nature Photography Classes

January – February 2020

 

 

 

Saturday, January 18th, 2020: Introduction to iPhone Photography

The iPhone photography class will give you a real sense of using the iPhone as a camera, and provide some photography basics, and the opportunity to use the skills learned in the classroom on an escorted nature photography photo shoot.

You will have classroom instruction from 10:00am until noon, then, after a 2-hour break, meet again at Grassy Waters Preserve from 2:00 – 4:00pm and have the chance to practice what you learned in the pristine Everglades environment of the Preserve.  In the morning session, Barry Schein will sow you how to set up you iPhone, how to compose a picture, and how to pick the right time of day (lighting) to shoot great pictures.  He will go over all of the tools built into the iPhone and how to use them, and also show you an Adobe editing app and how to use it.  Barry will provide information on how to get the free app prior to class.  After the 2 hours of classroom instruction, you will a good sense of iPhone photography.  In the afternoon session you’ll have the opportunity to put into practice what you learned earlier in the day with an escorted photo shoot at the Grassy Waters Preserve, the Everglades in West Palm Beach. Barry will be there with tips and suggestions, answering your questions, and he’ll be available for one-on-one help.

All participants must be at least 18 years old.  The maximum class size is 12 participants.

Cost is $65 for Grassy Waters Conservancy Members and $75 for non-members (You can join the Conservancy ($25/year membership) while you are registering for the class).

The schedule is:

10:00am – Noon: Classroom instruction in the Hibiscus Room, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Noon – 2:00pm: Free time for you to get lunch and drive to the Grassy Waters Nature Center – we’ll meet at the dock next to the parking lot.

2:00 – 4:00pm: Escorted photo shoot.  All walking during the photo shoot will be on pavement near the parking lot or on boardwalk.

Barry Schein, Instructor

Barry Schein is an award winning photographer, educator and photo editor.  During his career he has created photography for many nationally branded Fortune 500 companies and their advertising agencies.  He received an Eastman Kodak Professional Photographers award and both Nikon and international journal Graphis have recognized his work.  Barry’s photographs have been displayed at Nikon House in New York City, the Kodak Pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center, numerous group shows in South Florida, and in many private collections.  Currently, he teaches photography at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach.

 

 

 

Saturday, February 8th, 2020: Introduction to Nature Photography

 

Your day begins in the classroom at 10:00am.  Barry Schein will teach you how to use your camera to capture stunning natural landscape photos, and in the afternoon you will have the chance to practice what you learned in the pristine Everglades environment of Grassy Waters Preserve.  Barry will begin the morning session with camera basics and settings – going beyond point-and-shoot photography, It will continue with a discussion of the fundamentals of photography including composition and using light, and how to apply them to nature photography. Bring the camera you intend to shoot with to class.  During the photo walk at Grassy Waters Preserve, the Everglades in West Palm Beach, you’ll have an opportunity to practice taking photographs using the techniques discussed in the classroom.  Barry will be with you to make suggestions, answer question and provide one-on-one help. You’ll come away with a new perspective of the Grassy Waters Preserve and nature photography.

All participants must be at least 18 years old.   The maximum class size is 12 participants.

Cost is $65 for Grassy Waters Conservancy Members and $75 for non-members (You can join the Conservancy ($25/year membership) while you are registering for the class).

The schedule is:

10:00am – Noon: Classroom instruction in the Hibiscus Room, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Noon – 2:00pm: Free time for you to get lunch and drive to the Grassy Waters Nature Center – we’ll meet at the dock next to the parking lot.

2:00 – 4:00pm: Escorted photo shoot.  All walking during the photo shoot will be on pavement near the parking lot or on boardwalk.

 

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020: Introduction to Nature Photography for Families

 

Spend a day with your child in a beautiful setting, and together develop an appreciation for nature photography you can share for a lifetime.

Barry Schein will teach your child and you how to use your camera and/or iPhone to capture stunning natural landscape photos and you will practice in the pristine Everglades environment of Grassy Waters Preserve.

Your day stars with a classroom presentation by Barry from 10:00am – Noon.  Bring your camera and iPhone to class.  Barry will start by going over camera and iPhone basics, then he will teach and demonstrate his guidelines for creative composition that will set your child’s pictures apart for school projects, in albums, or on Facebook or Instagram.  After a 2 hour break, we’ll meet at the Grassy Waters Nature Center where you’ll have a chance to practice what you learned in the classroom.  Barry will lead a photo walk around the Preserve dock, Nature Center and boardwalk, providing tips and advice on composition, camera and iPhone settings, and answering your questions.

The class is open for children between 9 – 18 years old who must be accompanied by a paying adult over the age of 18.  The maximum class size is 15 participants.

Cost for adults is $65 for Grassy Waters Conservancy Members and $75 for non-members (You can join the Conservancy ($25/year membership) while you are registering for the class).  Cost for children, 9 – 18 years old, is $25 per child.

The schedule is:

10:00am – Noon: Classroom instruction in the Hibiscus Room, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Noon – 2:00pm: Free time for you to get lunch and drive to the Grassy Waters Nature Center – we’ll meet at the dock next to the parking lot.

2:00 – 4:00pm: Escorted photo shoot.  All walking during the photo shoot will be on pavement near the parking lot or on boardwalk.

 

To Register For Classes Or Get More details:  grassywaters.org  or email  gwcphoto@grassywaters.org

 

 

 

 

Photo by Barry Schein

 

 

 

Grassy Waters Conservancy Nature Walks With Nature Center Naturalist

January – February 2020

 

 

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

4 – 6:30 pm

Sunset Walk with a Nature Center naturalist.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Free for Conservancy members. 15 attendees maximum

 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

4 – 6:30 pm

Sunset Walk with a Nature Center naturalist.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Free for Conservancy members. 15 attendees maximum

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY   EXHIBIT:

 

 

The Armory Art Center will host an Exhibit of accepted entries.  Winners will be announced at the Opening Reception, Friday, April 3  6-8 pm.  The Exhibit will be available through April 11, 2020.  The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL.       561.872.1776

 

The Mandel Public Library will host an Exhibit of accepted entries from April 18 through May 17.  The Library is located at 411 Clematis Street  West Palm Beach, FL.  561.868.7700

 

 

 

For contest details:

www.grassywaters.org

 

 

All photo contest questions should be emailed to gwcphoto@grassywaters.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com    561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandel Public Library Of W. Palm Beach Opens New Comprehensive Studio Space For Creatives, Studio 411


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The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is opening a new, comprehensive studio space for creatives on the second floor, named Studio 411, to support its popular and growing range of arts programs.  The new studio was formed to create one central location for artistic adults, children and teens to create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and jewelry-making.  Studio 411 will officially open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018  with a ribbon cutting celebration followed by a studio orientation, just in time for the library’s fall programming. Patrons are encouraged to attend a studio class or stop by and see the new space. The Rickie Report shares the details and can’t wait to see what new creations are born through this exciting effort!

 

Mandel   Public   Library   of   West   Palm   Beach

        411 Clematis Street    W. Palm Beach, FL

 561-868-7701      www.mycitylibrary.org

 

ANNOUNCING  THE OPENING  OF

S T U D I O    4 1 1  

Wednesday, September 5th

 

4 PM

 

This event is free to attend, but please RSVP:  Joyce Pernicone  561.868.7782  or jpernicone@mycitylibrary.org

 

 

 

 

Studio 411 aims to enhance the library’s arts programs by providing a variety of services that encourage and develop creativity, and by cultivating the local artist community where amateurs and experts can interact and collaborate with each other.  Library staff devised the clever name, which was a nod to both the artist studio concept and the library’s address on Clematis Street (as well as the 4-1-1 information reference).

As with all library programs, all of the services, most tools and materials available at Studio 411 are completely free of charge for patrons during classes. Some of the services that will be available include:

  • Hands-on art classes for a variety of art forms and mediums

 

  • Art lectures about history, trends, collections and more

 

  • Craft lessons and classes

 

  • Mentoring amateur artists by local professionals

 

  • Live art observations and performances

 

  • Collaborative art projects

 

  • Art drop-in center – studio free time to work on independent projects

 

  • Training for creative entrepreneurs – marketing, business, professional growth, etc.

 

 

Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is generously funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District.  The library made use of capital improvement funds to convert this old IT space into a collaborative community studio benefitting staff and patrons.  The library continually shifts and expands its programs and building areas to meet the growing community needs and interests.  Most recently, the library opened Square One, a dedicated space to help disconnected young adults with free services including mentoring, technology, career development and training, academic advancement, and more.

 

Please RSVP to Joyce Pernicone at 561-868-7782 or jpernicone@mycitylibrary.org if you are able attend this special ribbon cutting!

 

For more information please contact Joyce Pernicone, Programming Librarian
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street  West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-868-7782

  jpernicone@mycitylibrary.org

wpbcitylibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Third Annual Summer In Paradise Transforms West Palm Beach Waterfront Into Artistic Storybook Setting


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The City of West Palm Beach will celebrate the return of its popular Summer in Paradise (S.I.P) annual celebration beginning June 1 through August 31, 2017. This free, summer-long promotion will transport residents and visitors into a colorful collection of classic tales and treasured life-lessons along the waterfront. New elements include the debut of Aesop’s Tables, a whimsical art installation featuring 25 picnic tables painted to depict one of Aesop’s fables. A direct tie to Mayor Jeri Muonio’s pledge declaring West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness, the storybook setting provides an opportunity for all to connect, explore local art, share their own stories and enjoy family friendly activities on the West Palm Beach waterfront.  The Rickie Report shares the details. ENJOY!  

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ART INSTALLATION ON THE WATERFRONT
Presented by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, Aesop’s Tables celebrates the talents of local artists and features 25 painted picnic tables illustrating a timeless Aesop fable, such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Tortoise and the Hare, and more. Just as Aesop’s fables have reached across centuries, continents and cultures, Aesop’s Tables invites visitors to enjoy light-hearted lessons, laughter and conversations on the waterfront. The summer long outdoor art installation makes its waterfront debut on Thursday, June 1, 2017 during the S.I.P kickoff at Clematis by Night. Additional programming for the art installation will include nightly music and pop-up performances, storytelling, poetry readings, games and interactive programming all summer long and a weekly Aesop’s Tables Artist Showcase at the Waterfront Visitor Center.

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
NEW Create your own story in StoryVille-Children create their own life-size fairy tale using giant cut-outs of traditional storybook characters. Free activity is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the waterfront.

Let the games begin! Beginning June 1, the community is invited to participate in some friendly competition in larger than life versions of their favorite games like human foosball and life-sized Jenga. Game balls, Jenga pieces and a selection of table-top board games are available to be checked out for free. Guests can also play Glow FORE it Mini Golf, 9 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf along the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.50 per person per round. All games are open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Game balls, golf clubs and board games are located at the Waterfront Activity Station near the course. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

ONGOING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Additional highlights planned during this summer of fun include free community events: Clematis by Night, 4th on Flagler, Screen on the Green, BBQ, Brews & Blues, a Food Truck Roll Out, Art Night Out, the Northwood Mango Heritage Festival, the NEW Northwood Village Green Market and The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront. The SIP grand finale takes place on August 31 at Clematis by Night featuring a national recording artist and a live auction benefitting 25 local charities. A complete listing of Summer in Paradise events include:

Clematis by Night
Thursdays, June 1 – August 31
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
During Clematis by Night, guests will enjoy extended hours and two bands every Thursday throughout the summer. For more information: http://wpb.org/events.
June 1 Summer In Paradise Kickoff Featuring Debut of AESOP’S TABLES and performances by Man in the Mirror with opening act Replay (Pop/Dance)
Man in the Mirror, is billed as the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute. Replay is a powerful, high energy dance band that covers a wide selection of the most popular dance music.

Screen on the Green
Second Friday of each month: June 9, July 14, August 11
8:00 p.m. to 11: 00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
The Waterfront transforms into an outdoor theater where guests enjoy family friendly films under the stars. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. For more information: http://wpb.org/events
June 9 Sing (Rated PG)
July 14 Boss Baby (Rated PG)
August 11 Moana (Rated PG)

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Aesop’s Fables Reader’s Theatre
Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 14-July 28
1:00 p.m. to 3:30pm FREE
411 Clematis St.
Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to create their own Aesop’s Fable at the Mandel Public Library! Participants will work together to write the script, rehearse and stage their original play. The final performances will take place on Friday, July 28. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7703 to register.

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Children’s StoryTime
Wednesdays: June 14 to July 26
10:15 a.m. FREE
411 Clematis St.
Bring the family and enjoy readings of classic tales and fables during Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach weekly storytime. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org.

Northwood Village Food Truck Roll-Out
Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Spruce Avenue between 24th & 25th Streets
FREE
Bring Dad to the ultimate food truck invasion on the west end of Northwood Road with a variety of culinary experiences, live music, and an artist colony featuring live art and artisan vendors.
For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront
Third Sunday of each month: June 18, July 16, August 20
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
FREE
Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach Waterfront
This monthly concert series is a perfect weekend outing and a fantastic way to relax and unwind with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon. For more information: http://wpb.org/events
June 18 Let it Be-Tribute to The Beatles
July 16 Show Biz Kids-Tribute to Steely Dan
August 11 42-Tribute to Coldplay
Northwood Village Summer Green Market
Saturdays, June 3 through June 17
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
FREE
Dixie Highway between 24th and 25th Streets
Guests are invited to shop at their favorite market vendors and take a stroll through the Village to discover all of treasures in this WPB neighborhood. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

Northwood Mango Heritage Festival
Saturday, June 24
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
FREE
This tropical festival brings a taste of summer and all things mangoes to Northwood Village. The all-day affair includes live reggae, Latin fusion and Caribbean music along with mango-infused food and beverages, chef demonstrations and activities for the whole family. For more information, visit northwoodmangofest.com

Northwood Village Art Night Out
Last Friday of each month: June 30, July 28, August 25
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
FREE
Guests can experience the creative lifestyle in Northwood Village as they stroll down Northwood Road. See local art and craft vendors and live street-side performers while shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries. For more information: http://northwoodvillage.com/ or facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage

BBQ, Brews & Blues
Saturday, July 1
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE
Historic Northwest District, three blocks north of Clematis St. on Rosemary Ave.
Guests can enjoy free samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors (while supplies last) at this savory event. It’s the area’s best blues & R&B music in a family-friendly outdoor atmosphere featuring Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots, and soulful blues powerhouse Cece Teneal. Trolley service will be available from downtown West Palm Beach and free parking is available onsite. For more information: wpb.org/cra

4th on Flagler
Tuesday, July 4
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration features two stages of LIVE entertainment, children’s activities, giant games, military honor ceremony and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

Summer in Paradise Grand Finale at Clematis by Night
Thursday, August 31
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE
West Palm Beach Waterfront
See the live auction of Aesop’s Tables to benefit 25 local charities, play giant versions of your favorite games and enjoy a free concert by a national recording artist (TBA) during the Summer in Paradise finale at Clematis by Night. For more information: http://wpb.org/events

To make any “Summer In Paradise” complete, there are also plenty of activities for residents to enjoy on the water. From kayak and paddleboard tours and rentals, sunset catamaran tours, to Jet Ski rentals and snorkeling trips, Visit Palm Beach will have daily excursions on the Intracoastal Waterway as well as bicycle tours and exclusive Summer In Paradise specials. A complete list of aquatic events and activities are available at the Waterfront Visitor Information Center, online at visitpalmbeach.com or by phone (561) 881-9757.

For additional information on Summer in Paradise, visit wpb.org/events.

SUMMER IN PARADISE Sponsors as of date include: City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Program, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Coca-Cola, West Palm Beach Marriott, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, SUNNY 107.9, X 102.3, 850 AM, 640AM, Beatz, Discover the Palm Beaches, Visit Palm Beach, Downtown Development Authority, Northwood Village, the Historic Northwest, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Hilton West Palm Beach, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, All My Sons Moving and Storage, Jet Ride and the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches.

For updates and promotions: https://www.facebook.com/CityofWPB

 

 

More About City of West Palm Beach Summer In Paradise:

SUMMER IN PARADISE is a partnership between The City of West Palm Beach, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Visit Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Discover the Palm Beaches showcasing West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment and fun. Summer in Paradise collectively includes 90 days of nonstop events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach starting June 1, 2017 through the end of August.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Northwood Offers Double Dose Of Creativity Tomorrow Night With Art Night Out And Studio Tours


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Tomorrow night, Art lovers will get a double dose of creativity as the Art Night Out event in Northwood Village hosts an Artists’ Open House in the area’s Industrial District!  The Northwood Industrial District, located just a few blocks west of Northwood Village, consists of large warehouses that are working studios for several prominent local artists. Trolleys will shuttle guests from Art Night Out on the corner of Northwood Road and Broadway to the artists’ studios tour. Art Night Out will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, on Northwood Road in West Palm Beach. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks so you can enjoy tomorrow evenings events!

 

 

 

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Northwood Village Hosts

Artist Open Studios Tour

during monthly ART NIGHT OUT event

 

Friday, April 29th

6 – 9 pm

 

Free Event!  Trolly Shuttles!  Free Parking!

 

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There is free street parking located throughout Northwood Village. Guests can also take the blue line trolley from the West Palm Beach Mandel Public Library or Palm Beach Outlets until 10:00 p.m

 

 

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Experience One-Of -A- Kind Shopping!

 

 

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Nickie Hennevelt at Hennevelt’s Gallery & Gifts 

 

 

 

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Watch Artists At Work

 

Meet The Northwood Industrial District Artists

Opening their studios to the public:

 

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“Empty Red Chair” by David Teal

Dave Teal, a figurative artist is a long-time resident of Old Northwood.

 

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“Witness Me” by Elizabeth Hutchinson

 

 

Elizabeth Hutchinson, an instinctive artist, works out problems and conversations on canvas.

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Painting by Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez paints spiritually iconic images using acrylic.

 

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Sculpture by James Sagui

James Sagui is a professional woodworker, sculptor and furniture designer/maker.

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Abstract Painting by Liz Ghitta Segall

Liz Ghitta Segall, a painter since childhood, is known for her abstract expressionist work.

 

 

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“Bridge Crosser” by Sam Perry

Sam Perry, a noted artist, grew up in Northwood and focuses on abstract and the human figure.

 

 

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“Blue Dress” by Terre Rybovich

Terre Rybovich, an artist born and raised in old Northwood, is known for her unconventional charcoal drawings.

 

 

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“The Northwood Industrial District studios tour is a wonderful opportunity for art enthusiasts to not only meet some of our notable local artists but to also see how they work,” said Jon Ward, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “The artist colony and working artists from the area have come together to showcase what the community has to offer.”

 

 

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Guests at the Northwood Village Art Night Out can enjoy local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and galleries open late, live street-side artists and musicians, along with special features throughout the year like the Industrial District open studios tour. Residents and visitors looking for something out of the ordinary can experience an inspired evening in Northwood Village with impressive restaurants, distinctive shopping, and array of art in a laid back and hip atmosphere.

 

 

For more information about Northwood Village or Art Night Out, visit www.northwoodvillage.com

Or call 561.822.1550

For details.

 

 

About the West Palm Beach

Community Redevelopment Agency:

Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative CRAs in the country, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) sets the standard for redevelopment through award – winning marketing and branding campaigns, events and attractive business incentive programs. The mission of the CRA is to enhance the viability, long‐term stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood Pleasant City districts, the core of the City of West Palm Beach. For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

“Marketing Smarts for the Arts” Seminar Deadline Approaches


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Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will offer a small group discussion focusing on marketing strategies for artists at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th. This event is open to all artists who are interested in moving ahead in their careers. More details are in this article.

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

Presents:

 

An Intimate Group Seminar

with

Rickie Leiter

 

 

“Marketing Smarts for the Arts”

 

at the

Mandel Public Library

Monday, November 10th

9:30 am – 12:00 Noon

411 Clematis Street W.Palm Beach, FL

$25.00 Registration includes:

Seminar, Refreshments, Private Tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit at the library and a unique Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

 

This is an opportunity for artists to brainstorm and network in an informal setting with a small, intimate group of like-minded creatives under the guidance of Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report. Rickie has been helping artists and crafters move from being hobbyists and emerging artists to selling their artwork in galleries and exhibitions around the country. An advocate for artists, she understands the importance of networking and marketing to bring awareness and education to art lovers and art patrons.

 

 

Rickie will offer “Marketing Smarts for the Arts” in a small, intimate setting at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach on Monday, November 10th. The seminar includes discussion specific to the needs of the attendees, refreshments, a private tour of “Star Spangled Heroes” exhibit and a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Mandel Public Library.

 

 

 

The cost of the event is $25.00 and the number of registrants is limited. attendees must pre-register by November 4th. Send your check, payable to The Rickie Report and registration form to PO Box 33423 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420. For more information please email rickie@therickiereport.com or call 561-537-0291. Please note: This information will NOT be shared. PLEASE PRINT

 

 

REGISTRATION FORM

Name:

Phone:

Street Address:

City: State: Zip:

Email address:

Website Address:

Facebook Page:

Artist medium (s):

Top 2 issues of interest to you:

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Meet Author and Watercolorist John Bowen at Star Spangled Heroes Exhibit


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The Exhibition, “Star Spangled Heroes” has many component and programs associated with it. Saluting the 100,000 plus Veterans residing in Palm Beach County and the US Military, it is presented by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  Artist, John Bowen, will be the featured speaker and presenter on Thursday, October 16th.  The Exhibit takes places from October 11 to December 7, 2014 on the 4th Floor of the Library.  The Rickie Report urges everyone to make the time to see this exhibit and participate in the many events being offered. Details are here.

 

 

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Programs

 

Meet John Bowen, Veteran, illustrator,nationally known author and watercolorist

Thursday, October 16th 5:30 to 7:00pm
Clematis Room
Presentation by John Bowen, who as an illustrator in the Air Force in Vietnam compiled his drawings and experiences for his book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, which was awarded a Silver Medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s Annual Competition in the Autobiography/Memoir Category. John’s watercolors of Florida scenes are favorites at Vizcaya in Miami and he has been traveling around the state presenting watercolor demonstrations.

 

 

Film – “Taking Chance”
Friday, October 17th 5:30 to 7:30pm
Auditorium
Historic drama based on the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl as he escorted the body of a fallen young Marine, Chance Phelps, back to his hometown in Wyoming from Iraq, starring Kevin Bacon.  Discussion of the movie will take place after the film.

 

 

Kids Program on Veterans
Sunday, October 19th 2:00 to 4:00pm
Hibiscus Room
Kids will be writing letters enclosed with stars from U.S. flags, to senior veterans in long term care facilities.  The kids will also sing patriotic songs and read children’s literature about soldiers and deployment. Arts, Crafts and Snacks. Led by Eileen Shapiro.

 

Remarkable Lives – Women in the Military
Friday, October 24th 5:30 to 7:30pm
Auditorium light refreshments provided
Hear about the lives of a panel of incredible women sharing their experiences in the Military and as Veterans.
Panel:
Morgan Albano (Marine)
Maxine Elizabeth Bodman (Navy)
Mary Jane Houlahan (Marine)
Kim Lindahl (Army)
Florence Elion Mascot (Air Force)
Norma Tovar (Army)
Eileen Watson (Army)
Charlotte Rebillard (Air Force)
Amber Butyn emcee

 

 

Meet Ralph Morse – WWII Photographer
Sunday, October 26th 2:30 to 4:00pm
Auditorium
Meet Ralph Morse, who when he was first hired by LIFE magazine was the magazine’s youngest war correspondent sent to photograph World War II. His pictures documented the war’s Pacific and European theatres and post-war reconstruction of Europe. Morse was the only civilian photographer at the signing of the surrender by the Germans to General Dwight Eisenhower. His photography will be on display from 1:30 to 5pm.

 

 

Meet The Vets
Sunday, November 2nd 1:00 to 4:30pm
3rd Floor Pre-Reception Gallery
One-on-one and small group discussions with US veterans from World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq and other periods since the 1940’s. Former Marine Glenn Mize will present an outstanding collection of memorabilia representing all branches of the service.

 

 

Perils in Paradise – Palm Beach County and WWII
Tuesday, November 4th 6:00 to 7:30pm
Clematis Room
Hear about Palm Beach County’s fascinating involvement and response to World War II with a series of 1940’s photographs, presented by Tony Marconi, Curator of Education at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Film -” The Men”
Thursday, November 6th 2:00 to 4:00pm
Auditorium
In his film debut, Marlon Brando plays a WWII lieutenant who was seriously injured in battle and must adjust to the world without the use of his limbs. Discussion of the movie will take place after the film.

 

 

PTSD/PTSS and Our Veterans
Lunch and Learn Panel Presentation
Tuesday, November 18th 12:00 to 1:30pm
Auditorium
Understanding PTSD/PTSS from the perspective of those who help and those who suffer from it.
Bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
RSVP to 561-868-7715.

 

Panel
Elizabeth Borsage, PhD – Psychologist, VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach
Major Raul Diaz, PhD – Supervisory Clinical Psychologist, Team Leader, Palm Beach Vet Center, Greenacres
Elaine Rotenberg, PhD – Clinical Director, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, West Palm Beach
Lisa Bergeron – Marine from 2004-2008 – diagnosed with PTSD
Ray Nazareth – Navy from 1979-1982 – diagnosed with PTSD

 

Film – Service: “When Women Come Marching Home”
Sunday, November 23rd 1:30 to 3:30pm
Auditorium
Documentary portraying the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. Through compelling portraits we see the horrific traumas these women faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries and all their challenges receiving benefits and care. Discussion will take place after the film.

 

Second ANNUAL Countywide High School Essay Contest on
“The Draft” or “U.S. Response to Our Veterans”

 

Winning Students and Their Teachers Receive Cash Awards
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
For information on the submission format and criteria go to www.wbplf.org/ssh or call 561 – 822 – 9972.  Underwritten by Alexander “Sandy” Myers

 

Sponsors to Date

*The Palm Beach Post*
*Sandy and Stanley Trockman*
*Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA*
*Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC*
*Alexander “Sandy” Myers*
*William K. Caler, Jr.*
*Dorothy and Ric Bradshaw*
*Florida Power & Light*
*Wells Fargo, NA*
*Diane Peterson McNeal*
*South Florida Neurology Associates*

Special Thanks

Sherriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw – Honorary Chairs
Lesley Hogan and Fred Storch – Co-Event Chairs
Mark Haworth Photography – Molly Tischler
Mark Cohen – Laura Cunningham – George Fisher
Ellie Hart – Madison Harr – David Knapp
Carolyn Ledewitz – Glenn Mize – Bob Morse
Maxwell Nelson – Charlotte Rebillard – Andy Reese
Greg Rydman – Jan Stein – Morley Wiener
Event Host Committee Members
Speakers and Panelists
Board of the WPBLF
Rickie and Jeff Leiter – The Rickie Report
Florida Commission on Women
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
The Vet Center in Greenacres
Vinny Ribolitta from Digital Graphics
Donors of Memorabilia
Amber Butyn – Rebecca Weiss
Chris Murray – Lisa Hathaway
Staff of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Organizations Supporting Star Spangled Heroes

*ADRC – Your Aging and Disability Resource Center*
*Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service*
*Battle of the Bulge Veterans*
*The Children’s Coalition Inc.*
*Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc.*
*Combat Infantry Association*
*Department of Corrections*
*Dial 2-1-1-Veterans/Family Services & Crisis Intervention*
*Disabled American Veterans South PBC Chapter 152*
*Faith*Hope*Love*Charity*
*Friends of the Mandel Public Library of WPB*
*Historical Society of PBC*
*Jewish War Veterans Post 440*
*Korean War Veterans Chapter 17*
*Military Officers Assoc. of America-FL Council of Chapters*
*Operation Homefront*
*PBC Veterans Committee*
*PBC Democratic Veterans Caucus Foundation*
*PBC Division of Human and Veterans Services*
*PBC Veterans Court*
*POW/MIA Committee State of FL of Disabled American Vets*
*Republican Party-PBC Vets & Military Families Committee*
*Salvation Army*
*School District of Palm Beach County*
*South Florida National Cemetery*
*Southeast Florida Honor Flight*
*Stand Down*
*Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 25*
*Women Veterans of South Florida*

Elected Officials Supporting Star Spangled Heroes

West Palm Beach
Mayor Jeri Muoio
Commissioner Keith James
Commissioner Shanon Materio
Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell
Commissioner Sylvia Moffett
Commissioner Isaac Robinson Jr.

Palm Beach County
Commissioner Steve Abrams
Vice Mayor Paulette Burdick
Mayor Priscilla Taylor
Commissioner Hal Valeche
Commissioner Shelley Vana
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher
Public Defender Carey Haughwout
Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits
Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon
Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio

Florida
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
State Attorney David Aronberg
Senator Jeff Clemens
Senator Maria Sachs
Representative Joseph Abruzzo
Representative Lori Berman
Representative Bill Hager
Representative Mark Pafford
Representative Bobby Powell
Representative Patrick Rooney, Jr.
Representative Irving “Irv” Slosberg

National
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio
Congressman Ted Deutch
Congresswoman Lois Frankel
Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congressman Patrick Murphy
Congressman Tom Rooney

 

West Palm Beach Library Foundation 411 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone (561) 868-7715 E-mail wpblf@mycitylibrary.org

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Offers Learning, Fun, Resources for Everyone


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The Rickie Report is proud to share the details of only SOME of the MANY programs, activities and resources of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. So many children rely on the breakfast and lunch meals provided at their schools.  What happens during the summer when they cannot get to the school?   Stop by the Mandel Public Library to see. Good friends, Janet and Bob Nakushian, introduced us to this “community learning center” par excellence.  We share their Challenge as well as some varied programs available to everyone.  The Rickie Report hopes you will share this article with others.  We’re happy to share some GOOD news!  Spread the word!

 

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Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

        411 Clematis Street

        West Palm Beach, FL

 561-868-7701

  www.mycitylibrary.org

 

 

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Dog Tales ( from the Dog’s Owner)

 

Molly and I love being involved in the Dog Tales Program.  We have seen very shy children come out of their shells when reading to her.  Many of the children are repeat customers.  They love reading to Molly and they love choosing the books that they get to take home as part of the program.  You would think that we are giving them gold.  I love that we are encouraging them to read at home and to build their own small libraries. This is such a worthwhile program and we are proud to be a part of it.     ~  Kerry, volunteer and owner of Molly, a mixed breed rescue dog

 

 

 

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What does the Library Mean to You?

 

“The library is a valuable service for my entire family.  We attend children’s programs, check-out free movies and books and attend the yoga classes.  The best value in the community!”

 

 

 

“The children’s programs; summer academy, Dog Tales, story time,puppet show, movies, and homework help have been extremely helpful for my child who is struggling with learning to read.  The eBooks are a benefit I enjoy and use heavily during my long morning TriRail commute.  The library is a relaxing oasis in a busy world.”

 

 

$25,000 Nakushian Youth Services Challenge

 

Janet and Bob Nakushian created the NAKUSHIAN YOUTH SERVICES CHALLENGE with a gift of $25,000. They made this “challenge gift” to encourage others who care about the Library to provide support for the greatly needed and valued youth programs and services. From May through September, the Foundation is asking YOU to help meet their challenge. Your donation, along with the generosity of the Nakushians, will support youth programs at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. 

 

We have raised $10,550 so far
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Can Janet, Bob and The Library 
Be Able To Count On YOU to raise $25,000 or more?
To donate, go online to www.WPBLF.org/challenge
Make your check payable to WPBLF 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401
or call the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at 561.822.9972.
Donors who support this challenge will be listed on the Library Foundation’s website

 

 

This Library is Not Just For Children !

 

 

Zumba Gold @ your City Library 

 

Description:  Join us for this easy to follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. It’s an invigorating, dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating! Zumba Gold classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. These free classes will be held in the library’s Auditorium. No registration required. For more information please call the library at 561-868-7701. 
Date:  Wednesday – July 2 2014 
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Location:  3rd Floor – Auditorium 
Program Type:  Adults 
Public Note: No registration required. 

 

 

“Without the resources you provide to the community most people would be less productive…most can’t afford some of the services plus you are in a convenient location.” ~Library Patron

 

 

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News of the Week with Palm Beach Post Columnist Frank Cerabino

Description:  Join The Palm Beach Post news columnist Frank Cerabino in a discussion of the news that is sometimes funny, often unpredictable, and always thought-provoking. He will provide an insider’s look at world, national, state and local news and offer his unique perspective. FREE! Auditorium. No registration needed. Mondays June 23 to August 18, except for July 21 and Mondays October 20 to December 15, 2014. From 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. 
Date:  Monday – July 7 2014 
Time:  6:30 PM – 7:45 PM 
Location:  3rd Floor – Auditorium 
Program Type:  Adults 
Public Note: FREE. Keep current with today’s news – and enjoy it! 

 

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“The library evens the playing field.  I see children here that without the library would have few options for internet, books and wholesome entertainment.  Giving the kids something positive to do will keep them out of trouble and create a better community in the long run.” ~Library Patron

 

Give Today, Help Children for a Lifetime!  

Your Donation of… 

 

$10 will buy 3 gift books for children in the “Let’s Read” or “Summer Reading” programs.

$20 will buy 1 hardcover children’s library edition book for the Library’s permanent collection.

$50 will buy 10 snacks for children attending the Homework Centers.

$75 will buy 2 weeks of supplies for the Homework Centers such as poster boards, markers, construction paper, and folders.

$100 will buy 5 hardcover children’s library edition book for the Library’s permanent collection.

 

 To donate online please go to www.WPBLF.org/challenge, make your check payable to WPBLF 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401 or call the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at 561.822.9972.

 

 

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, obtains resources through individual donations,  naming opportunities, events, and grants.  

 

Funds raised do not offset taxpayer support. Our taxpayer identification number is #65-1068311.

 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (CH15454) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE.
REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.


Photographs of our Library patrons courtesy of Mark Haworth Photography.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291 

 

 

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Offers FUNdraiser Raffle-Chance To Win $10,000


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The Rickie Report is pleased to share an innovative event that will help raise money to support year-round activities which bring culture and the arts to people of all ages and stages of life.   The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is more than a “library” – it is more of a community center.  If you have not stopped by, we urge to do so.  Check out the multiplicity of programs (we are especially fond of Dog Tales in the Children’s area), get your FREE library card and begin taking advantage of what they offer.  This article looks at the Friends of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s newest  FUNDraiser!   When you purchase a ticket, you not only help the library, but you could win up to $10,000 yourself!  Details are here.

 

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Announcing The 500 Club 2014!

 

SPECIAL DRAWING WITH ONLY 500 TICKETS

 

We invite you to join the second annual “The 500 Club,” a very special drawing with only 500 tickets offered for a suggested donation of $100 each.  While 50% of the net proceeds from the “The 500 Club” will help the Library Foundation support the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, the remaining 50% in the Big Pot…will become the PRIZE MONEY.  Based on 500 tickets being sold a participant has a 1 in 500 chance of winning 1st prize or a 1 in 83 chance of any prize (Great Odds!!). 

Prizes will be based on actual ticket sales as follow:

PRIZE DISTRIBUTIONS WITH 500 TICKETS SOLD
MAXIMUM CASH PRIZES
1st Prize (20% of ticket sales) $10,000
2nd Prize (10% of ticket sales) $5,000
3rd Prize (8% of ticket sales) $4,000
4th Prize (6% of ticket sales) $3,000
5th Prize (4% of ticket sales) $2,000
6th Prize (2% of ticket sales) $1,000

 

 

A reception will be held Monday April 28, 2014 at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for all “The 500 Club” participants.  At 6:30 that evening the six winning tickets will be drawn.  Additional guest tickets to the event will be available for a donation of $10 per person.  While you need not be present to win, if you attended last year’s event you know you will have a great time!

 

 

Buy your tickets today at www.wpblf.org/500club

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ACTION:

Visit the website and you will be amazed at the offerings.  Imagine a buffet filled with the items you expect, but presented in an innovative manner.  Feast on the various items you’ve wanted to try but never took the time.  And dig into what the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has to offer!

 

If you are interested in taking part in a behind-the scenes tour, please contact  Rebecca Weiss  Development Manager  rweiss@mycitylibrary.org   or call 561-868-7704

 

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 For more information:

Foundation for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street  – 3rd Floor

561-822-9972

www.wpblibraryfound.org

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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Can a Library Card Help You Learn A New Language? Yes! And Learn a Lot More…


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The new year begins and resolutions are easily made but not as quickly accomplished.  The Mandel West Palm Beach Public Library has a number of solutions to help you.   It’s not “rocket science”, it is Rocket Languages™, a new language program and all you need is your library card (FREE)!  This Rickie Report article includes the details about this as well as other FUN lessons.

 

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411 Clematis Street

West Palm Beach, FL

561-868-7701

www.mycitylibrary.org

 

 

 

 

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Learning a new language or improving your foreign language skills is within your reach!  All you need is a FREE library card to the Mandel West Palm Beach Public Library!

 

  • Brush up on conversational skills before you go on vacation!
  • Learn a new language!
  • Improve your fluency in a language you learned long ago
  • Learn American Sign Language

 

Rocket Languages for Libraries, an interactive audio program, helps you master a foreign language on your own terms and in your own time, and you can even learn American Sign Language.

Through both language and culture lessons Rocket Languages uses both language and cultural lessons to help you speak a language with a natural flair.  You build on your own vocabulary and improve your audio recognition of common words and phrases (and have fun at the same time) using the in-demand “MegaGames” range.  With Rocket Languages’ comprehensive multi-media packages you take part in modern, everyday conversations and you actually learn to speak like a native.

 

Rocket Languages is friendly and easy to use.  Reviews rate it as the most inviting language-learning tool available!

Go to www.mycitylibrary.org

Click on “Services”

Choose Learn a Language”

Register as a new user

Select a language

Start Learning!

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Coming up:   Star Spangled Heroes

 

 

From February through March, 2014 the West Palm Beach Library Foundation will honor Veterans residing in Palm Beach County as part of a photo display, entitled “Star Spangled Heroes”.   In addition, the Library Foundation will host films, a high school essay contest and other programs which look at various aspects of the US armed services.  Dorothy and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw are serving as the Honorary Chairs and Fred Storch and Lesley Hogan, Library Foundation Board Members are the event Co-Chairs.

 

 

Special thanks to our sponsors who, as the date of this printing, are Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA, Sandy and Stanley Trockman, Alexander “Sandy” Myers and Dorothy and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.  Stanley Trockman, who served in the Korean conflict, and is one of the sponsors, will be one of veterans featured in the photo display.  

 

As of this printing supporters of Star Spangled Heroes are as follows:

West Palm Beach – Mayor Jeri Muoio, Commissioner Keith James, Commissioner Shanon Materio, Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, Commissioner Sylvia Moffett, Commissioner Isaac Robinson Jr. Palm Beach County – Commissioner Steve Abrams, Commissioner Paulette Burdick, Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, Commissioner Hal Valeche, Commissioner Shelley Vana, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock, Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, Public Defender Carey Haughwout,
Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits, Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon
Florida – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney David Aronberg, Senator Jeff Clemens, Senator Maria Sachs, Representative Joseph Abruzzo, Representative Lori Berman, Representative Bill Hager, Representative Mark Pafford, Representative Bobby Powell, Representative Irving “Irv” Slosberg National – Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Ted Deutch, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congressman Patrick Murphy, Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Battle of the Bulge Veterans, The Children’s Coalition, Inc., Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. (CILO), Combat Infantry Association, Dial 2-1-1 for Veterans/Family Services and Crisis Intervention, Disabled American Veterans’ (DAV) South PBC Chapter #152, Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Historical Society of PBC, Jewish War Veterans Post 440, Korean War Veterans-Chapter 17, Operation Homefront, PBC Democratic Veterans Caucus Foundation, PBC Division of Human and Veterans Services, PBC Veterans Court, School District of PBC, Stand Down and The Rickie Report.

 

For sponsorship information please go to www.wpblf.org/starspangledheroes or call 561-822-9972.

 

 

More Than Just Books

 

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is much more than a traditional library.  We hope you will consider making a donation to support the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.   Give a Gift that Keeps on Giving!     For more information:  Foundation for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach  411 Clematis Street  – 3rd Floor  561-822-9972   www.wpblibraryfound.org

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291


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