Boys and Girls club to release butterflies at Wellington Mall conservatory

About 20 children from the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington will help to release butterflies this afternoon in the conservatory at The Mall at Wellington Green.

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The live butterfly conservatory opened in the mall’s grand court this month.  The special attraction will be at the mall through April 3.

The 300-square-foot conservatory offers staff-guided tour in on-site butterfly house; information about the anatomy of the butterfly, its life cycle and ecosystem; opportunities to see a butterfly hatch from the chrysalis; and complimentary craft projects, the mall’s website says. Visitors will also get the chance to feed a butterfly, the mall said.

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children. Children under the age of 2 are free with adult admission, according to the mall’s website.

 

PB Outlets to host race car display this weekend

A group of race cars will be on display on Sunday at the Palm Beach Outlets.

The “Cars & Coffee” showing is part of a monthly gathering at the open air outlet mall.

Here are the details:

The Formula One-style steering wheel contains many of the controls that would otherwise clutter up the dashboard, including the 'manetto' performance control switch (lower right), the start button (lower left) and up/down shift buttons (right under your thunbs). Not readily visible in the photo is a row of red LEDs across the top of the wheel's rim that flash as you get close to the RPM limit of the engine… just like the Ferrari race cars.
The Formula One-style steering wheel contains many of the controls that would otherwise clutter up the dashboard, including the ‘manetto’ performance control switch (lower right), the start button (lower left) and up/down shift buttons (right under your thunbs). Not readily visible in the photo is a row of red LEDs across the top of the wheel’s rim that flash as you get close to the RPM limit of the engine… just like the Ferrari race cars.

Who/What: A monthly gathering of South Florida’s finest automobiles presented by Art of Speed Auto Events, LLC, which attracts auto enthusiasts from all over south and central Florida who come to view a massive diversity of exotic, custom and classic vehicles. March is “Race Car Month” and will feature all types of race cars.

All makes and models are welcome to attend this free family-friendly event. Cost is $2 per vehicle to display in the show field and free to spectators.

When: Sun., March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon

Where: In the northwest and north lot of Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Cost: Free

Public information: Call organizer John Zeilinga at (561) 756-3063 or Palm Beach Outlets at (561) 515-4400. Websites: www.carsandcoffeepb.com  and www.palmbeachoutlets.com.

Science Center to hold free open house at Jupiter satellite location

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium plans to hold a free open house for the public on Saturday at its new satellite location in Jupiter’s Downtown Abacoa.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the science center’s Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium, Lego free play, and Robotics lessons.

Photo by Peter W. Cross Nights at the Museum's Sea-fari will include a squid dissection and clam lab, sand art and beach bubble crafts Friday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Above, Andrew Nieves of Lake Worth pretends to hold his breath for the camera while inside the pop-up aquarium.
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Nights at the Museum’s Sea-fari will include a squid dissection and clam lab, sand art and beach bubble crafts Friday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Above, Andrew Nieves of Lake Worth pretends to hold his breath for the camera while inside the pop-up aquarium.

The Science center plans to use the 2,000-square-foot studio space to hold youth camps, classes and other special events. The “STEM Studio” is located on Abacoa’s Main Street near its intersection with Crescent Drive near Crux Coffee Roasters, officials with the science center and Downtown Abacoa said.

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The center partnered with Bricks 4 Kidz, a national organization dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to create the studio space. Both groups plan share the studio.

Bricks 4 Kidz will contribute to the studio’s workshops, classes and camps by providing Lego bricks, motors, robotics and other hands-on learning experiences. The space will also be used by other community partners.

Here is a schedule of events planned at the open house:

10am – 12 noon – “Circuit Play” –  Squishy Circuits, LED Wear-ables, Little Bits

12 noon – 1:45pm – Robotics (Lego Mindstorms, LEGO WeDO, cubelets, Mips, Ozobots)

2 – 4pm Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium:

*         2pm – Losing the Dark and Constellations

*         2:30 – One World One Sky

*         3pm – Back to the Moon for Good

*         3:30pm Black Holes

National child care company set to open new facility in Boca Raton

The Learning Experience, a Boca Raton-based child care facility chain with franchises across the country, is opening a new location in Boca Raton.MT-1A_SCHOOL SUPPLIES.JPG

The Boca facility, located at 331 E. Yamato Road, will serve children from six-weeks-old to age 5.

Several local officials, including Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, are expected to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the new campus.

 

Honda Classic sees record attendance

Even without crowd magnets Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing on the weekend, The Honda Classic drew a record-breaking number of spectators this year thanks to picture-perfect weather conditions, organizers said Monday.

Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

This year’s week-long event attracted 202,128 spectators to PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, beating the pervious record set in 2014 – the last time the tournament had perfect weather. The 2014 tournament drew 193,052 people.

The weather was a reversal from last year’s tournament, when heavy rains and winds canceled a day of play and forced a Monday finish. This year’s attendance was 36,928 higher than the weather-plagued 2015 event, which drew 165,200 spectators.

“This is a tribute to the connection that The Honda Classic has made with the community,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “People enjoy coming out to the tournament and they have a great time once they are here. It really has become the place to be every year and people keep bringing more of their friends.”

The annual tournament is the largest sporting event in Palm Beach County — drawing more spectators than any other game or athletic competition.

Organizers estimate the event pumps roughly $45 million into the local economy each year.

 

 

All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block area streets

Crews working to unload a delivery of rail for the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project could temporarily block railroad crossings along the Florida East Coast Railway line beginning today.

A train on Friday delivered rail sections for the All Aboard Florida project. Photo credit: All Aboard Florida
A train on Friday delivered rail sections for the All Aboard Florida project. Photo credit: All Aboard Florida

Crews will be unloading rail along the FEC corridor in Palm Beach County, potentially closing rail crossings on roadways in Lake Worth, Lantana, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton.

The train delivering the rail — which look like large metal beams — is expected to be in the area through Wednesday.

The rail train was expected to move through the area last week, but the delivery was delayed because of a scheduled change.

This is All Aboard’s fifth delivery of rail in the South Florida area. In total, the beams span about 7.5 miles.

The material will be used to add a second track to the FEC line as part of the company’s Brightline passenger rail service linking South Florida to Orlando.

Hoffman’s Chocolates opens its ninth location

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Greenacres-based Hoffman’s Chocolates has opened its ninth retail location.

The new store — in the Weston Town Center, 1727 Main St., Weston — is 1,000 square feet and has eight employees, the company said in a news release.

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Included in the Weston store is an ice cream counter serving 32 flavors, in addition to Hoffman’s Chocolates’ selection of more than 70 types of treats.

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“We are thrilled to join the Weston community and continue expanding our legendary brand in Broward County,” Jarett Levan, president of Hoffman’s parent company BBX Capital and CEO of BBX Sweet Holdings, said in the news release.

Hoffman’s began its expansion into Broward County in late 2014 and now has four stores there.

The chocolatier also celebrated its 40th anniversary this past summer.

The new store will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.