Teacher Appreciation Day 2016: See where you can eat free

Calling all Teachers! PDQ is honoring your dedication and hard work with a delicious freebie on Tuesday. 053013 food gannon pdq 6

Teachers (with a valid Teacher ID from their school) will receive a FREE combo meal on Tuesday, May 3. The promotion includes the chain’s tasty 3-piece chicken tenders, a sandwich or a salad. There is a limit of one promotion per person.

For more information, click here.

PDQ, short for “People Dedicated to Quality,” has locations in West Palm Beach and Wellington.

Yesteryear Village now opened weekly

Yesteryear Village, The South Florida Fair’s 10-acre history park, is now opening its doors to the public on a consistent basis.

The village had traditionally allowed the public to explore its historic buildings only during the South Florida Fair and other special events. But this month, the village began opening its doors on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The 1935 woodframe Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School schoolhouse in Yesteryear Village Monday, January 26, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The 1935 woodframe Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School schoolhouse in Yesteryear Village Monday, January 26, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Admission rates are $7 for seniors and children ages 5 to 11 and $10 for those 12 or older. Children under 5 are free.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 15 to mark the change.  The gates open at 10 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Admission during the ribbon cutting ceremony weekend (April 14-16) will be free for the first hour — from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The ceremony will include first person interpreters portraying a character from the pre-1940s and old-fashioned refreshments.

“This is a unique opportunity to interact with town residents as they portray a character of early Florida living from more than 75 years ago,” said Yesteryear Village Manager Paige Poole.

The village, which was started in 1990 in response to a similar attraction at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, features a large collection of original and replicated early buildings from the area including an old schoolhouse, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store and several houses. It is also home to the only big band museum in the United States, the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum.

 

 

 

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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Provided by The Mall at Wellington Green

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.

 

Mellow Mushroom in Wellington marks anniversary with deals, prizes

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is marking its one-year anniversary in Wellington with an all-day birthday event full of specials and prizes, including free pizza for a year.021313 tfig mmushroom 06

On Wednesday (March 16) guests at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant at 10600 Forest Hill Boulevard will receive mystery envelopes (while supplies last). Every envelope contains a prize, and one lucky winner will get free pizza for a year. There will also be a raffle.

Happy Hour specials run all day long, including deals on drafts, wine and cocktails. The restaurant will also offer specials on a variety of appetizers, a $2.50 small cheese deal, and $1.00 Bud Light and Yuengling drafts.

Free to see: Check out this list of free PBC attractions

With spring break just around the corner, Palm Beach County tourism leaders are putting the spotlight on the area’s free tourist offerings and attractions.

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, recently released this list of free attractions and events in Palm Beach County.

Manatee murals, manatee skeletons and manatee stuffed toys are all on display at Florida Power & Light’s new Manatee Lagoon science center, which held its grand opening activities on Friday, February 5, 2016. It opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Manatee murals, manatee skeletons and manatee stuffed toys are all on display at Florida Power & Light’s new Manatee Lagoon science center, which held its grand opening activities on Friday, February 5, 2016. It opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

The list includes hot spots from Boca Raton to Juno Beach. The attractions are opened to both locals and tourists.

Here is Discover’s list:

Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Natural Areas

Gallery Exhibitions at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Lake Trail for biking

West Palm Beach Green Market (through May)

Delray Beach Green Market (through May)

Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center

Gardens at Society of the Four Arts

Clematis by Night on Thursdays

CityPlace offers free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays – Pro tip: scroll down until you see the concerts link, they update the schedule every month

Okeeheelee Nature Center

Underwater Snorkeling Trail at Phil Foster Park

Palm Beach Photographic Centre

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

Grassy Waters Preserve

Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

A day at the beach!

 

 

This airline is adding flights at PBIA

Silver Airways announced Friday that it plans to launch new service at Palm Beach International Airport as part of a push to expand its footprint in the South Florida market. 071414 biz peoplexp 04

Beginning in May, Silver Airways will offer nonstop flights to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport from Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Myers. The new service will include four weekly flights between Palm Beach and Nassau.

Silver currently offers nonstop service from PBIA to Tampa and Marsh Harbour (Abacos).

“Silver Airways is an integral part of travel from PBI to the Bahamas,” said Bruce Pelly, Director of Airports for Palm Beach County. “We are very excited to offer our travelers the opportunity to fly Silver Airways nonstop to Nassau, Bahamas from PBI.”

Silver Airways said it is offering introductory fares for the new flights, including $79 one-way tickets from Palm Beach to Nassau. The promotion runs through Feb. 29 and is good for travel between June 1 and July 29.

“We are looking forward to continuing our commitment to serving travelers by growing our core markets in Florida and the Bahamas,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen. “We are also excited about Silver’s future continued expansion as we anticipate the U.S. and Cuba governments signing the bilateral agreement, which will open additional opportunities for scheduled service in the Caribbean and Cuba.”

 

Zika virus not impacting local hotels, tourism leaders say

Palm Beach County mosquito control officials fielded a handful of phone calls on Thursday from concerned tourists wary about traveling to the region after nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were detected in four Florida counties, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to declare a health emergency.

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hotel room

Although no Zika cases have been reported in Palm Beach County, an official with the mosquito control division said the staff received at least six calls on Thursday from tourists who plan to travel here but had concerns about the virus, which has been linked with an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil.

At least one local hotel — Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa — said it was waiving cancellation fees as a result of the virus. Roger Amidon, the resort’s general manager and a member of the county’s Tourist Development Council, said one out-of-town guest, who is pregnant, had already canceled her trip.

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing agency, said tourists should “feel confident” that there have been no cases of the virus in Palm Beach County.

“The Palm Beaches are a desirable tourist destination, and we remain in close contact with the State Tourism Officials as well as the Palm Beach County Department of Health, Public Affairs and Mosquito Control to stay current with any developments,” said Jorge Pesquera, Discover’s president and CEO. “We have a well-funded and effective Mosquito Control department and feel confident that the county’s preventative measures will continue to protect the public.”

To read more, click here.

Super Bowl fans to spend more on parties, gear this year

If you are having a Super Bowl party this year, you are probably going to spend a little more on food, supplies, and team gear.

CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: The Super Bowl trophy on display during the NFL Media Event, the day before Kickoff to the 2015 Season on September 9, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: The Super Bowl trophy on display during the NFL Media Event, the day before Kickoff to the 2015 Season on September 9, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

According to the National Retail Federation, football fans are expected to spend slightly more than they did for the Super Bowl in 2015.

Viewers and partygoers will spend an average of $82.19 on food, décor, team apparel and more, up from $77.88 last year, according to the federation’s Super Bowl Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics.

» RELATED: 5 best sports bars in Palm Beach County to watch Super Bowl 50

Total Super Bowl-related spending is expected to top $15.5 billion.

“Two great teams going head-to-head and a historic game celebrating the 50th Super Bowl could make this one of the most-celebrated football games we’ve seen in some time,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We expect retailers will be aggressive with promotions on food and decorations as well as athletic wear and electronics in the coming days as they look to entice those planning to watch the Super Bowl.”

An estimated 188.9 million football fans plan to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers battle it out for the Super Bowl 50 championship title on Sunday, up from the estimated 183.7 million who planned to watch last year, the federation said.

“The excitement around the Super Bowl this year should help retailers and restaurants kick off 2016 on a positive track,” Shay said.

Of those watching the game, the federation’s survey found:

  • 34.7 percent say the football game is the most important part of the day (85 million) while 17.7 percent say the commercials are (43.4 million), and another 4.5 percent say enjoying the fun food is the most important for them (11 million);
  • 43.3 million fans are planning to throw a Super Bowl party (17.7%) while another 70 million say they’d rather let their friends and relatives do the hosting and attend one instead (28.6%);
  • 79.8 percent of partygoers and viewers will purchase food;
  • 7.7 percent of Americans are planning to purchase a new television to enjoy the game – (similar to last year’s 8.8 percent), which could amount to an estimated 8.6 million new televisions;
  • 11.1 percent of those planning to watch the game will buy new team apparel and/or accessories – an estimated 20.9 million new items purchased;
  • Nearly eight in 10 (78.6%) Americans say they view the commercials during the Super Bowl as entertainment, while 17.5 percent say they make them aware of advertisers’ brands, and 10.3 percent said they influence them to buy products from the advertisers.

AT&T is hiring in Palm Beach County

AT&T plans to fill nearly 125 jobs in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

By Stuart Pilbrow
By Stuart Pilbrow

The positions are for retail sales consultants, wire technicians and call center representatives, the company said.

In Palm Beach County, retail sales and wire technician openings are available in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, and Palm Beach Gardens.

AT&T is also hiring for retail positions in Jensen Beach Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach.

To apply, visit http://connect.att.jobs/florida.

Lion Country Safari to be featured on popular ABC television show

Lion Country Safari will be featured this spring on the Emmy award-winning television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, officials with the wildlife and amusement park said.

Crews from the television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese visit Lion Country on Jan. 29 (photo provided)
Crews from the television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese visit Lion Country on Jan. 29 (photo provided)

Lion Country officials teamed up Friday with producers for the television show, which airs on ABC stations nationwide, to take a group of New Jersey students on a virtual field trip to meet Cupid, on of the park’s giraffes.

With the help of Microsoft, sixth graders from Tuckerton Elementary in New Jersey learn about animal adaptation in up close encounters with the park’s animals, according to Jennifer Berthiaume, Lion Country’s public relations and marketing director.

The segment is expected to air on April 2, 2016 on ABC stations nationwide.