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Animal Life Award Winner: Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach – March 16

Connie Lou Wagner of South Palm Beach won first place in the Animal Life category for her photo titled  ‘Surprised Lizard on Bamboo Culm’ (above). All photographs were taken at Mounts Botanical Garden.  It was the garden’s 10th annual photography…

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Spring has Sprung

ABOVE: FAU student Ryan Uber does a back flip March 25 at South Beach Park in Boca Raton. BELOW: Aquatic-themed kites fly at the Air Waves event in mid-March at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park.

Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star…

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Spring has Sprung

Children look at an inflatable shark as kites fill the sky during the Air Waves kite-flying event March 18 at Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park. The kites were mostly designs of aquatic creatures.

Photos by Tim Stepien/The Coastal…

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Grandkids visiting? Here's where to take them

Charlie Merk, 10, plays pinball at Silverball Museum in Delray Beach, which has arcade games from three generations. Dana (left), Charlie and Amy Merk were visiting Charlie’s grandfather Justin Kelleher (rear).  The Merks are from Hingham, Mass.,…

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Cruiser Palooza: Delray Beach Playhouse

April 22: The ninth-annual fundraiser to benefit the Southeast Spinal Cord Injury Fund will support Cruise Bogle, who was paralyzed in a skimboarding accident eight years ago. The event will have a live band. Support comes from the Delray Beach Playhouse and Ellie’s…

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Pay it Forward: Conference aims to spotlight, support young caregivers

Connie Siskowski (right), founder and president of the American Association of Caregiving Youth, and Jan Savarick, an ongoing supporter of the organization. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

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Philanthropy Notes: Media group, FAU team up to boost area nonprofits

A South Florida-based digital-marketing agency and Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business have teamed up to launch the Cause Marketing Project, an initiative designed to help eight area nonprofits.

The project aims to increase brand awareness and attract donors on behalf of Girls on the Run, Habilitation Center for the Handicapped, Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute, Milagro Center, Mind & Melody, National Leadership Institute, Spirit of Giving Network and Twin Palms…

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Melissa Manchester reception: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton – Feb. 21

The advisory board of FAU’s School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters welcomed singing star Melissa Manchester for a conversation in which the performer reminisced about an extraordinary career. Manchester signed her…

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Culture & Cocktails: The Colony, Palm Beach – Feb. 6

The third installment of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s speaker series attracted more than 165 people who came to hear Bob Vila on the topic of ‘Houses, Homes & Hemingway.’ John Blades, director emeritus of the Flagler Museum, interviewed…

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Walk in the Woods: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton – Feb. 6

The Boca West Community Charitable Foundation had its inaugural event with Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music, featuring student performances on the golf course during the 1.6-mile walk. Four hundred-fifty people attended, raising $51,000 for the 24…

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An Enchanted Evening: Club Colette, Palm Beach – March 9

The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County’s sold-out dinner dance brought 140 of the organization’s supporters together to enforce its mission of providing mental health services to adults, children and families striving to surmount significant challenges.…

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High tea: Private home, Boca Raton – Feb. 10

High tea it was — along with glowing glasses of sherry. Alexander and Roswitha Guzinski welcomed more than 50 guests to their home to benefit the Florida East Coast Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters and raise money for young artists.…

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Membership luncheon/installation of officers: Delray Beach Golf Club – Jan. 24

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed 130 to its annual affair, where Cathy Balestriere took the oath of office as chairwoman. Balestriere received the gavel from Kelli Freeman. ‘With all of the dynamic growth going on in our business community,…

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Palm Beach Art opening: Plaza del Mar, Manalapan – March 2

The art salon, an expansion of Palm Beach Travel, celebrated its opening with an intimate cocktail reception enjoyed by more than 50 art enthusiasts. The salon’s mission is to encourage visitors to develop an interest in collecting art. ABOVE: Karen Bruner and Tom Sheeran with…

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Bethesda Hospital Ball: The Breakers, Palm Beach – March 4

The theme was ‘Bethesda Has Heart,’ and guests were inspired to wear shades of red at a fundraiser for Bethesda Hospital Foundation. One of the oldest galas in Palm Beach County, the event generated $262,500 during a ‘Bid from the Heart,’ the proceeds of which will benefit…

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Hearts-n-Bloom: Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach – Feb. 11

The Friends support group organized the inaugural tea party, which attracted more than 150 well-dressed guests —men and women alike — who enjoyed high tea and musical accompaniment by a harpist. The event took place on the Great Lawn, adjacent to the butterfly garden,…

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Cowboy Ball: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton – Feb. 25

Close to 500 ‘cowpokes’ swaggered on down to the George Snow Scholarship Fund benefit for a foot-stompin’ good time, raising more than $83,000 for college scholarships and scholar-support services. Guests enjoyed whiskey tasting, fiddle playing, square dancing and lasso…

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Call to Heart Ball: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – Feb. 18

More than 300 guests partied the night away at Caridad Center’s fundraising affair. The evening included a live auction that featured a two-year lease on a Mini Cooper convertible and a bid from the heart that was accepted by several in attendance. ‘We were excited to…

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Around Town: Festival of the Arts Boca ends on a Brazilian high note

Branford Marsalis opened the Festival of the Arts Boca, playing with the Symphonia Boca Raton, directed by Constantine Kitsopoulos (right). Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

By Thom…

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The Plate: This place is a Pig-Sty, and that’s great!

The Place: Pig-Sty BBQ, 706 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach; 810-5801.

The Price: $6.99

The Skinny: When it comes to barbecue, my favorite fare is smoked turkey.

When it’s prepared properly, the results are sublime.

At Pig-Sty, pit master…

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