Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Barry’s Buzz – July 30, 2014


     
    Legalizing Medical Marijuana is the program at the goldcoasttigerbayclub.com lunch 11:30 a.m. August 12, featuring Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Amendment 2 in November. RSVP on the site. A recent Quinnipiac poll revealed a vast majority of Floridians (88%), support legalizing medical marijuana.
  
       Additional information about the retail project being built as the southeast corner of Glades and 441 just west of Wells Fargo is that a European Spa and mattress store will be joining the two restaurants planned with a projected opening in December.

      Boca’s Dog Beach trial program has been a huge success and a $36,000 moneymaker for the city and will continue. 1201 residents at $30, but only 7 non-residents at $165 bought permits (as non- residency rates are outrageous).

      Boca based ADT Chief Executive Naren Gursahaney was appointed to the board of directors of NextEra Energy, the parent of Florida Power & Light.

     Zumiez, an urban skate store, selling urban apparel, hats, skate shoes, skating supplies, skateboards and long boards, is now open in front of the Container store next to Sears at the Town Center Mall, 600 Glades Road.

     Numbers just released showed the results of an online questionnaire of 14,000 people rating companies with the worst customer service, that nine out of the top 10 were operating in South Florida. Leading the pack was AT&T, followed by Comcast, Bank of America, American Airlines, Citibank, Best Buy, Walmart and Time Warner Cable.

      There are 460,000 acres, 36% of land, devoted to agriculture in Palm Beach County and the state has 9 million acres.

     Cafe Cinematheque Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.at Movies of Delray 561-638-0020 and Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Movies of Lake Worth 561-968-4545. Visit moviesofdelray.com for more information.

        The fourth annual White Coats-4-Care awareness and fund raising reception to benefit Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31 at the all-new Waterstone Resort & Marina’s Penthouse Atlantic Ballroom, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Admission starts at $100 and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561.392.5166 or email smartstrategiesstart@kcompr.com for more information.

    Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on wrpbitv.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.

    Watch Barry Epstein live at barryepstein.com to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. You can be on too to promote your business and we send a link of your segment to put on your website and send out in emails to prospects and clients for only $100. It also goes out on Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube. Call 561.852.0000 for details.  This week’s guests are Palm Beach County judicial candidate Jessica Ticktin, Bruce's of Great Neck in Boca Raton owner Bruce Zipes, Ageless Body Sculpting Plus president Nina Pressman, and Computer Media guru Carey Mason.

   Magic in the Moonlight, Get On Up and Guardians of the Galaxy opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Magic in the Moonlight and I origins opens at the Movies of Delray. A Most Wanted Man, Le Chef and A Hard Days Night opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Magic in the Moonlight and Boyhood opens at the FAU Living Room theatres and the Classic Gateway theatre. Begin Again and Tammy opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac.

      Larry Ferber has a movie club 10 a.m. every Sunday at the FAU Living Room theatres, followed by discussion. Call 757.617.1936 for more information.    

   Every Sunday at AMF bowling, 1190 Boynton Beach Blvd. and Congress Ave. Brain Bowlers sponsors a bowling league for families and children with disabilities to raise funds and awareness for agencies and children who are void of social interaction.  Cost is only $1.38 per game and families can bowl one or two games. There is also entertainment and prizes. For further information, call Robert Gottesman at 561-676-2075.
      
     The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: U2 by UV, U2 tribute band, July 25, Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, Jimmy Buffet tribute band Aug 1 and Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute band Aug. 8. Visit mizneramphitheatre.com.

    Butterflies are Free, a romantic Comedy is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, August 1-September 14. Call 954.344.7765 or email stagedoortheatre.com for more information or tickets.

    Jan McArt presents a PBS taping of Dunlap and Pennington, 1:30 p.m, Aug. 2 at the Lynn University Wold Theatre of the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10, Guild members are free. Call 561.237.9000 or visit events.lynn.edu for more information.

     Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Association meets 8:30 a.m., August 5th, for an update on Palm Beach County from County Commissioner Steve Abrams and a spotlight on the Boca Raton Historical Society.   (Location change for August) The Train Depot, Count De Hoernle Pavillion, 747 S. Dixie Hwy, Boca Raton 33432.   Open to public.

     Palm Beach County Parks presents On the Roxx, 7 p.m.  August 9 at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton, in the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 2 ½ miles west of State Road 7 on Glades Road.  Grab your spandex and bust out the hair crimper as South Florida’s On the Roxx pays tribute to the music of the super-tubular 80’s! Patrons are encouraged to rock their favorite 80’s look and get footloose on the dance floor. Gates open at 6 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Food is available for purchase on site. Free admission.

     The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film Series will screen Academy Award winner Kolya on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the new Downtown Library.  The film will be followed by a discussion led by the Library's Neil Schulhoff. The new Downtown Library is located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton.  Admission to the film is free, and complimentary refreshments will be served.The film series is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your seat: Non-computer users only: Call 561-807-7141. All others please go to the Boca Raton Library's website:  bocalibrary.org, and click on the Events Calendar in the left-hand column.  Click on Friends Foreign Film Series on the August calendar to access the reservation form, and retain your confirmation email.  Enjoy the show!      

    The George Snow Scholarship Fund presents Boca’s Ballroom Battle, 6 p.m. August 16 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real. Tickets start at $150. Tables and sponsorships available. Call 561. 347.6799. Visit scholarship.org for tickets and more information.

     AEG Live presents Slightly Stoopid with opening acts Stephen Marley and G. Love & Special Sauce, 6:30 p.m. August 16, at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton, in the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 2 ½ miles west of State Road 7 on Glades Road.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 advance and $40 day of show. Box office opens at noon. No chairs, strollers, professional recording/camera equipment, coolers/containers/backpacks, food, beverages, pets of any kind (service animals are okay), weapons, umbrellas, musical instruments, fireworks, or illegal substances.

     Contractor Marketing Tools presents the Ultimate South Florida Contractor’s Marketing Conference, August 21 in Boca Raton. Call 561.503.7265 or email info@contratormarketingtools.com to register at ultimatecontractorseminars.com for further details. Cost is $69.97.

  What’s New Pussycat, the songs of Burt Bacharach, is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, August 22-September 28. Visit stagedoortheatre.com

   The Boca Raton Tribune and Palm Beach State College presents an International Trade Show Sept. 26. Booth space is $250 until Sept. 1 and $350 after Sept. 1. Admission is $20 per person. Email gabriela@bocaratontribune.com for more information.

    The National Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Boca Raton for the first time on Oct. 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Registration for the walk is free at alz.org/walk. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Pamela Polani at polani@bellsouth.net or call 561-496-4222.

      The 16th Annual Lynn University Blue & White Auction will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. Call 561-237-9000 or register online at lynn.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=672701.

     JARC sponsors a bowling fundraiser 12:30 to 3 Oct. 26 at Strikes Boca to benefit Adult Day Training Program. Sponsorships are needed. Call 561.558.2572 or email fallong@jarcfl.org. Register at jarcfl.org.

     The Junior League of Boca Raton’s 27th annual Volunteer of the Year fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and luncheon is Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club. Nominations are still being accepted by calling 561.620.2553.

     The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk for mental health is 8 am. Nov. 8, at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Register at namibroward@gmail.com. For more information, call 954.316.9907 or visit namibroward.org.

    The 2014-15 Broadway series season at the Kravis Center includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Nov. 11-16; The Book of Mormon, Dec. 16-21; Flashdance – the Musical, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015; Anything Goes, March 10-15, 2015; Memphis, April 7-12, 2015 and Pippin, April 28-May 3, 2015. Subscribers will get renewals in April. General public tickets will go on sale midsummer. To order go to kravis.org/broadway or call 561.832.7469.

     The Palm Beach Pops kicks off an abbreviated new season Dec. 14 with a one-night-only show at the Kravis Center featuring the Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr. will sing on Jan. 10 at the Boca Raton Community Church and Jan. 11 at the Kravis Center, and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on March 7 at the Boca Raton Community Church and March 8 at the Kravis Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2. Call 561.832.7677 or visit palmbeachpops.org, bocacommunity.org, or kravis.org for more information.

     Westbocaleaders.com is the best networking group in the area and meets at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Shopping Center, next to Office Max, 10125 Glades Road, 33498 on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.

     Thanks to David Weir and the South Florida Business Report for contributions to the column.


     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, the luxurychamber.com, the westbocaleaders.com and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on vimeo.com, youtube.com and publicrelations.nu. His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email: pr@publicrelations.nu, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on bocatribune.com, facebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at floridajewishjournal.com –barrys-journal.blogspot.com  and on his website: publicrelations.nu.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Barrys Buzz – July 16, 2014

     Charlie Crist has selected Miamian Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the head of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party to become his running mate for governor, adding a needed South Florida Hispanic face to the former Republican’s ticket.
        The Boca Black Film Festival will take place at the Boca Raton Marriott from July 17-19. It is a new festival for black content makers based in the U.S. For more info, visitbocablackfilm.org.     
Legalizing Medical Marijuana is the program at the goldcoasttigerbayclub.com lunch 11:30 a.m. August 12, featuring Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Amendment 2 in November. RSVP on the site.
    A homeowners group is calling for the Palm Beach County Commission to reconsider its June 26 decision to approve building 252 homes on the 130-acre golf course in the Boca Del Mar neighborhood near Boca Raton, according to their attorney Peter Sachs, Managing Partner of Sachs, Sax and Caplan.
     Ed Smith has been named a principal of the Boca office of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC Certified Public Accountants and Advisors.   
    The BOCA Museum of Art’s board has made interim director Irvin Lippman permanent, and Late Night Thursday was such a big success in June, the museum is doing it again July 24 and Aug. 28.
   With 1,000 young athletes expected in Boca Raton for the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games from Aug. 10 to 15, organizers are short beds and hoping to interest more volunteers.Prospective volunteers are asked to contact volunteer coordinator Debbie Block at bocamaccabivolunteer@gmail.com. Volunteer information is on the JCC Maccabi Games web site at levisjcc.org/maccabi/volunteer/.
     On the Radio: Sounds of the 70s runs to July 27 at the Broward Stage Door theatre, 8036 W Sample Rd. Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 or visit stagedoortheatre.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 
     The Life is at the Delray Square Performing Arts Center, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach through July 27. Call (561) 880-0319 or visit delraysquarearts.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
     Cafe Cinematheque Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.at Movies of Delray 561-638-0020 and Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Movies of Lake Worth 561-968-4545. Visit moviesofdelray.com for more information.
     Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on wrpbitv.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
    Watch Barry Epstein live to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. You can be on too to promote your business and we send a link of your segment to put on your website and send out in emails to prospects and clients for only $100. It also goes out on Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube. call 561.852.0000 for details.  This week’s guests are,  an all women show featuring, Cirque productions Director of Marketing Jennifer Sierra Grobbelaar, Palm Beach County School Board candidate Erica Whitfield, Vistas Autism Consulting Autism Consultant Cindy Bevier, Friendly Bands president Madeline Nedry and Complete Content Package president Barbara Hales. Just click on the blue link: BARRY EPSTEIN LIVE, JULY 17, 2014.  vimeo.com/101020031.
   Wish I Was Here, Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy and Plane: Fire & Rescue opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Venus in Fur opens at the Movies of Delray, the Movies of Lake Worth and the FAU Living Room Theatres, which also opens Gabrielle. Begin Again also opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Sex Tape opens at the Classic Gateway theatre in Fort Lauderdale. The Fault in Our Stars, 22 Jump St. and Think Like a Man Too opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. 
   Movies of Delray features Royal Shakespeare company London three hour production of Henry IV Part 2, 10 a.m. July 19.
   Larry Ferber has a movie club 10 a.m. every Sunday at the FAU Living Room theatres, followed by discussion. Call 757.617.1936 for more information.     
   Every Sunday at AMF bowling, 1190 Boynton Beach Blvd. and Congress Ave. Brain Bowlers sponsors a bowling league for families and children with disabilities to raise funds and awareness for agencies and children who are void of social interaction.  Cost is only $1.38 per game and families can bowl one or two games. There is also entertainment and prizes. For further information, call Robert Gottesman at 561-676-2075.
       Young Adults Wandering Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is July 24, at 5:45-8:00 p.m. at Saltwater Brewery, 1701 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Cost is $8 per person for pre-registration (includes a drink), $10 at the door (includes a drink). Spend an evening with young Jewish locals in their 20s to early 40s who enjoy the best in happy hour venues and company, and connecting with the community. RSVP atjewishboca.org/happyhourFor more information, call 561.852.3165 or emailbrians@bocafed.org.
    Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale July 22-27. Call 954.462.0222 or visitbrowardcenter.org for tickets or more information.
     Free Contractor network is 4:30 p.m. July 24 at Maggiano’s in Boca Raton. Register at rloffice.com/netoweking-evints-3/ or call 561.503.7265.
    The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: U2 by UV, U2 tribute band, July 25, Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, Jimmy Buffet tribute band Aug 1 and Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute band Aug. 8. Visit mizneramphitheatre.com.
    Learn about the traditional Bon dance, Bon Odori, at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens on Saturday, July 26, 10:30 am – noon. This is a dance performed during Obon, a period in the summer that commemorates the spirits of one’s ancestors. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes to the workshop. $15/person (museum admission not included.) Advance registration required; purchase tickets at morikami.org.
   The fourth annual White Coats-4-Care awareness and fund raising reception to benefit Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31 at the all-new Waterstone Resort & Marina’s Penthouse Atlantic Ballroom, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Admission starts at $100 and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561.392.5166 or emailsmartstrategiesstart@kcompr.com for more information.
    Butterflies are Free, a romantic Comedy is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, August 1-September 14. Call 954.344.7765 or emailstatedoortheatre.com for more information or tickets.
    Jan McArt presents a PBS taping of Dunlap and Pennington, 1:30 p.m, Aug. 2 at the Lynn University Wold Theatre of the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10, Guild members are free. Call 561.237.9000 or visit events.lynn.edu for more information.
     The George Snow Scholarship Fund presents Boca’s Ballroom Battle, 6 p.m. August 16 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real. Tickets start at $150. Tables and sponsorships available. Call 561. 347.6799. Visit scholarship.org for tickets and more information.
     Contractor Marketing Tools presents the Ultimate South Florida Contractor’s Marketing Conference, August 21 in Boca Raton. Call 561.503.7265 or emailinfo@contratormarketingtools.com to register at ultimatecontractorseminars.com for further details. Cost is $69.97.
  What’s New Pussycat, the songs of Burt Bacharach, is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, August 22-September 28. Visit stagedoortheatre.com or call 954.344.7765.
   The National Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Boca Raton for the first time on Oct. 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Registration for the walk is free at alz.org/walk. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Pamela Polani at polani@bellsouth.net or call 561-496-4222.
      The 16th Annual Lynn University Blue & White Auction will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. Call 561-237-9000 or register online at lynn.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=672701.
     JARC sponsors a bowling fundraiser 12:30 to 3 Oct. 26 at Strikes Boca to benefit Adult Day Training Program. Sponsorships are needed. Call 561.558.2572 or emailfallong@jarcfl.org. Register at jarcfl.org.
     The Junior League of Boca Raton’s 27th annual Volunteer of the Year fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and luncheon is Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club. Nominations are still being accepted by calling 561.620.2553.
     The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk for mental health is 8 am. Nov. 8, at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Register atnamibroward@gmail.com. For more information, call 954.316.9907 or visitnamibroward.org.
    The 2014-15 Broadway series season at the Kravis Center includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Nov. 11-16; The Book of Mormon, Dec. 16-21; Flashdance – the Musical, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015; Anything Goes, March 10-15, 2015; Memphis, April 7-12, 2015 and Pippin, April 28-May 3, 2015. Subscribers will get renewals in April. General public tickets will go on sale midsummer. To order go to kravis.org/broadwayor call 561.832.7469.
     The Palm Beach Pops kicks off an abbreviated new season Dec. 14 with a one-night-only show at the Kravis Center featuring the Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr. will sing on Jan. 10 at the Boca Raton Community Church and Jan. 11 at the Kravis Center, and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on March 7 at the Boca Raton Community Church and March 8 at the Kravis Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2. Call 561.832.7677 or visit palmbeachpops.orgbocacommunity.org, or kravis.org for more information.
     westbocaleaders.com  is the best networking group in the area and meets at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Shopping Center, next to Office Max, 10125 Glades Road, 33498 on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, theluxurychamber.com, the westbocaleaders.com and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show onvimeo.comyoutube.com and publicrelations.nu. His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email: pr@publicrelations.nu, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on bocatribune.comfacebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at floridajewishjournal.com – barrys-journal.blogspot.com  and on his website: publicrelations.nu.

Movie Capsules by Barry Epstein, July 18, 2014 at Cinemark, FAU Living Room Theatres, Movies of Delray and Lake Worth,

Wish I Was Here ****

            A struggling actor (Zach Braff) faces financial woes and emotional turmoil in the face of the imminent death of his cancer-stricken father (Mandy Patinkin). Starring Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, Michael Weston, Alexander Chaplin, Allan Rich, Cody Sullivan, Silvia Curiel, Nichole Galicia. Warm tender wonderful four tissue film. R 113 minutes. Four stars.
Venus in Fur (at FAU Living Room Theatres and Movies of Delray and Lake Worth) ***1/2
Director Roman Polanski adapts Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novel about an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) who attempts to convince a director (Mathieu Amalric) how she’s perfect for a role in his upcoming production. This version moves the action from New York to Paris. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains that no actress he's seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely. NR 96 minutes NR 96 minutes. Three and a half stars.
Gabrielle (at FAU Living Room Theatres) ***
            The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship? Then Gabrielle’s beloved and supportive sister confesses that she is going to move to India, and Gabrielle’s world is truly in danger of falling apart. With stubborn courage and a real zest for life, Gabrielle prevails against all odds to win her freedom. Tender special needs love story. R 103 minutes. Three stars.
Planes: Fire & Rescue **
            When Dusty (Dane Cook), the famous racing airplane, learns that his engine is damaged, he must shift gears and find a new career. He joins an elite corps of firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park. When a massive wildfire threatens the park, Dusty -- with the help of his fearless colleagues Blade Ranger, Dipper (Julie Bowen), Windlifter, Cabbie and the Smokejumpers -- learns what it takes to become a real hero. Starring Dane Cook, Julie Bowen. PG 75 minutes. Two stars.
Sex Tape * 1/2
            When Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) first met, they had an instant and intense romantic connection. However, 10 years and two children later, the flames of passion have dimmed to dull embers. To bring the sparks back to their relationship, Annie and Jay decide to make a video of themselves trying out every position in "The Joy of Sex." It seemed like a great idea -- until they discover that their private video is just one click away from going public. Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, R 90 minutes. One and a half stars.
The Purge: Anarchy *
             The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy. Starring Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams. R 103 minutes. One star.

Barry Epstein is president of Barry R. Epstein Associates, (www.publicrelations.nu) a full service public relations, marketing and political consulting firm based in Boca Raton, Fl. and the president of the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club (www.golddcoasttigerbayclub),  Luxury Chamber (www.luxurychamber.com) the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce and president of the West Boca Leaders. (www.westbocaleaders.com). He also hosts a weekly internet television show on www.wrpbitv.com, also seen on www.vimeo.comwww.publicrelations.nu and other sites; and writes a weekly column/blog on the www.bocatribune.com website and on the front page of the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website (http://www.barrys-journal.blogspot.com) For more information, visit www.publicrelations.nu or call 561.852.0000.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Barry's Buzz - July 9, 2014

Legalizing Medical Marijuana is the program at the www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com lunch 11:30 a.m. August 12, featuring Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Amendment 2 in November. RSVP on the site.
    The mystery of what is being built at the southeast corner of 441 and Glades Road has been partially solved. Rumor has it that a five bay building will contain three retail stores along with a Longhorn Steakhouse and a Pei Wei. Further details about the former Denny’s will be forthcoming.
    The head of a California-based organization has filed lawsuit against Trader Joe’s Co., which is building a store in Boca Raton, over the retailer’s alleged noncompliance with country-of-origin labeling (COOL) laws, particularly of meat products. Joel Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation, filed the lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Supreme Court on allegations the company is selling meat and product to consumers under COOL labels that are misleading and consumers. “Many of these products were labeled ‘Product of USA and Mexico,’ some meat products are labeled ‘Product of Australia, USA, Nicaragua and New Zealand,’ and similar labels that are inaccurate, misleading and not in compliance with California and Federal law,” the complaint states.
    Boca Raton based online retailer Vitacost.com, has been sold for $280 million to supermarket giant Kroger, and will operate as a subsidiary, keeping offices in Boca. The deal should close in the third quarter. Kroger paid a premium of 51% to the closing share price on Feb. 19, paying $8 per outstanding share.
     Glades Road will be widened to 8 lanes between Butts Road and FAU in 2019, along with major improvements to the I-95 interchange and overpass.
    Basketball star LeBron James and other investors will be opening a Blaze Pizza Restaurant this fall at 2146 N. Federal Highway in Boca near Publix.
    Vendors at a pop-up green market on Glades and Boca Rio roads are hoping the visibility will make locals stop by for fresh produce, baked goods and other green market staples. It opened on June 21 and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through July 19 and hopes to reopen in November.
    After two years as president-elect, Mindy Haas, of Boca Raton, is set to become state PTA president for a two-year term beginning Sunday.
    Giant Wall Street private equity firm Blackstone continues to stockpile South Florida homes for the rental market despite cutting back in other areas across the U.S. Blackstone has bought 412 Palm Beach County homes since the first of the year, more than double last year, and in the past two years, Blackstone has shelled out $290 million buying 1200 Palm Beach county homes.
    In a related matter, while Blackstone is selling bonds backed by home rentals cash flow, other private equity firms buying South Florida homes for the rental market are unloading properties to competitors. Contrary to Blackstone who buys at market prices, several early institutional investors are pulling out of the South Florida market, citing lack of cheap foreclosures, rising prices and an inventory shortfall.
   UbreakitIfix, specializing in repairing smartphones, tablets and other hand held electronics opened at 9146 Glades Road, Boca Raton and Massage Heights has opened at Suite B22 #013 Yamato Road.
  Longtime Delray Beach businessman Bill Blakeman has joined the staff of CaffĂ© Luna Rosa, Delray Beach’s favorite beachfront restaurant, where he will serve as evening host three nights a week.
   University of Florida is the top selling specialty license plate. 9,701 sold in 2013 and Florida State University sold 64,270.
   Arts Garage production of Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash tribute musical, runs through July 13 at 180 NE 1st St. Delray Beach. Email info@artsgarage.org or call 561.450.6537.    
     On the Radio: Sounds of the 70s runs to July 27 at the Broward Stage Door theatre, 8036 W Sample Rd. Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 or visit www.stagedoortheatre.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 
     The Life is at the Delray Square Performing Arts Center, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach through July 27. Call (561) 880-0319 or visit www.delraysquarearts.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
     Cafe Cinematheque Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.at Movies of Delray 561-638-0020 and Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Movies of Lake Worth 561-968-4545. Visit www.moviesofdelray.com for more information.
     Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on www.wrpbitv.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
    Watch Barry Epstein live to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. You can be on too to promote your business. Call 561.852.0000 for details. Here is last week’s show. Just click on the blue link: BARRY EPSTEIN LIVE, JULY 3, 2014.  http://vimeo.com/99955112 WITH; Waterstone Resort & Marina General Manager Greg Kaylor, Author and physician Dr. Barbara Hales and Dog Trainer extraordinaire Shay Maimoni
     Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. For a Woman opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. Begin Again opens at the Movies of Delray and the Classic Gateway theatre in Fort Lauderdale. Third Person opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Maleficent and Belle opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. 
     The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: Odyssey Road, Journey tribute band July 11, U2 by UV , U2 tribute band, July 25, Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, Jimmy Buffet tribute band Aug 1 and Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute band Aug. 8. Visit www.mizneramphitheatre.com for more information.
    Larry Ferber has a movie club 10 a.m. every Sunday at the FAU Living Room theatres, followed by discussion. Call 757.617.1936 for more information.     
   Every Sunday at AMF bowling, 1190 Boynton Beach Blvd. and Congress Ave. Brain Bowlers sponsors a bowling league for families and children with disabilities to raise funds and awareness for agencies and children who are void of social interaction.  Cost is only $1.38 per game and families can bowl one or two games. There is also entertainment and prizes. For further information, call Robert Gottesman at 561-676-2075. 
       The Palm Beach Pops final two Summer Rocks Mini-Concerts for children will be July 11, 9 a.m. at Florence Fuller Child Development Center East, 200 N.E. 14th St. and 10:30 a.m. at Florence Fuller Child Development Center West, 10130 185th St. South Boca Raton, featuring a dozen professional musicians from the Palm Beach Pops. For more information, visit www.palmbeachpops.org or call 561.832.7677.
The Delray Beach Playhouse Children’s Theatre, 950 NW 9th Street, Delray Beach, presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr., a fast-paced stage adaptation of the timeless film, on Saturday, July 12 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm, Sunday, July 13 at 4:00pm and Saturday, July 19 at 4:00pm with a cast of nearly 30 talented young actors ranging in age from 6 – 16 from all over Palm Beach County.  To reserve tickets to the show, 561-272-1281 Ext. 4. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 18 and younger, Day-of-Show Tickets are $18 for Adults and $15 for Children.    
     Business & Professionals Networking Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Business & Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is Tuesday, July 15, 2014   6:00 pm at New York Prime, 2350 Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton. Cost is $25 per person which includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, dietary laws observed. B&P is redefining business networking by making connections among a diverse, growing group of professionals and entrepreneurs that help build businesses as well as our community. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.jewishboca.org/bpnetworking, call 561-852-3128 or email sonnis@bocafed.org.
     Young Adults Wandering Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is July 24, at 5:45-8:00 p.m. at Saltwater Brewery, 1701 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Cost is $8 per person for pre-registration (includes a drink), $10 at the door (includes a drink). Spend an evening with young Jewish locals in their 20s to early 40s who enjoy the best in happy hour venues and company, and connecting with the community. RSVP at jewishboca.org/happyhourFor more information, call 561.852.3165 or email brians@bocafed.org..
     The Boca Black Film Festival will take place at the Boca Raton Marriott from July 17-19. It is a new festival for black content makers based in the U.S. For more info, visit www.bocablackfilm.org.
    Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale July 22-27. Call 954.462.0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org for tickets or more information.
     The fourth annual White Coats-4-Care awareness and fund raising reception to benefit Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31 at the all-new Waterstone Resort & Marina’s Penthouse Atlantic Ballroom, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Admission starts at $100 and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561.392.5166 or email www.smartstrategiesstart@kcompr.com for more information.
     The National Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Boca Raton for the first time on Oct. 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Registration for the walk is free at www.alz.org/walk. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Pamela Polani at polani@bellsouth.net or call 561-496-4222.
      JARC sponsors a bowling fundraiser 12:30 to 3 Oct. 26 at Strikes Boca to benefit Adult Day Training Program. Sponsorships are needed. Call 561.558.2572 or email fallong@jarcfl.org. Register at www.jarcfl.org.
     The Junior League of Boca Raton’s 27th annual Volunteer of the Year fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and luncheon is Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club. Nominations are still being accepted by calling 561.620.2553.
     The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk for mental health is 8 am. Nov. 8, at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Register at namibroward@gmail.com. For more information, call 954.316.9907 or visit www.namibroward.org.
    The 2014-15 Broadway series season at the Kravis Center includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Nov. 11-16; The Book of Mormon, Dec. 16-21; Flashdance – the Musical, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015; Anything Goes, March 10-15, 2015; Memphis, April 7-12, 2015 and Pippin, April 28-May 3, 2015. Subscribers will get renewals in April. General public tickets will go on sale midsummer. To order go to www.kravis.org/broadway or call 561.832.7469.
     The Palm Beach Pops kicks off an abbreviated new season Dec. 14 with a one-night-only show at the Kravis Center featuring the Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr. will sing on Jan. 10 at the Boca Raton Community Church and Jan. 11 at the Kravis Center, and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on March 7 at the Boca Raton Community Church and March 8 at the Kravis Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2. Call 561.832.7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.orgwww.www.bocacommunity.org, or www.kravis.org for more information.
     www.westbocaleaders.com  is the best networking group in the area and meets at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Shopping Center, next to Office Max, 10125 Glades Road, 33498 on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
     Thanks to Marci Shatzman, Tribune Company and David Weir’s South Florida Business Report for contributing to the column.
     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, the www.luxurychamber.com, the www.westbocaleaders.com and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on www.vimeo.comwww.youtube.com and www.publicrelations.nu. His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email: pr@publicrelations.nu, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on www.bocatribune.comwww.facebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.com – www.http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com  and on his website: www.publicrelations.nu.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Barry's Buzz - July 2, 2014

Keyes Real Estate president Mike Pappas speaks at thewww.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com lunch 11:30 a.m. July 8 and Legalizing Medical Marijuana is the program August 12. RSVP on the site.
     The new Trader Joe’s in Boca may not open as scheduled on Friday Sept. 26, as the city wants underground power lines, which will reduce parking.
   Federal District Judge Paul Crotty reversed his previous finding ordering Boca resident Ross Mandell to prison on June 13, 2014, after reviewing the record, & determining Mandell should remain free on Bail until his appellate remedies are fully litigated.  On June 18, 2014, a second circuit blog written and published by Edward S. Zas, of the Federal Public Defenders office, revealed serious legal errors in the Appellate panel’s decision that denied Mandell’s appeal brief, that in fact supported Mandell’s position for retrial or dismissal of the case entirely. The link to the second circuit blog released on June 18, 2014 revealing the errors in Mandell’s case is athttp://circuit2.blogspot.com/2014/06/evidence-of-domestic-transactions-was.html.
   On June 18, 2014, this column mistakenly referenced an ongoing federal regulatory investigation of Med-Care Diabetic and Medical Supplies, and erroneously stated that one of the principals of the company served a prison term for Medicare fraud. These were incorrect statements, which were found to be false, but based on incorrect reporting from another news outlet, and are being retracted. A recent federal civil suit filed against Med-Care was dismissed this past week as baseless.
    Seventy-five new townhouses could go up soon on the northeast corner of Military Trail and Spanish River Boulevard.Spanish River Townhomes’ 5.9 acre site at 4202 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton was rezoned from commercial to multi-family residential, and the master and site plans were among items unanimously approved by the city’s Planning & Zoning Board at the June 19 meeting. The recommendations go to the City Council, on summer break until July 22. The houses will cost from $400,000 to $600,000, and back up on Palm Beach County’s Pond Hawk Nature Preserve on one side. The proposed complex will sit across the street from Pope John Paul II High School, Don Estridge High Tech Middle School and the city’s newest park, de Hoernle/Spanish River Athletic Facility. The Spanish River Library is next door.
    West Boca Medical Center has started making $2 million in complete renovations to the hospital’s maternity suites and is offering a trio of classes for new mothers, whether they’re patients or not.
    Banks are using less of their assets for mortgage loans, previously using 36% before the real estate bust. Now it has fallen to 18% last year.
    Palm Beach County home sales for May hit 1640 closings, up 11% from the previous year, 758 were cash deals. Sales of condos and townhouses for May reached 1480, up 9% from the previous May, with a median price of $135,000, a five year high, 244 deals were short sales or foreclosures. First time home buyers are having a tough time increased prices, lack of affordable inventory and tight mortgage requirements.
    Florida receives $100 of every red light $158 fine, $45 goes to local municipalities and $13 goes to a medical trust fund. The state pocketed $53 million in fines last year.
   Pure Barre, 9834 Glades Road, opened in the Westwinds of Boca shopping center, at the southwest corner of 441 and Glades Road, offering 55 minute ballet barre workouts, blending elements of dance, Pilates and yoga for body conditioning.
   Slow Burn Theatre’s award winning company’s production of High Fidelity runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2pm through June 29. Buy tickets online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/29635 or call 866.811.4111. For more information, call 954.323.7884. 
    Arts Garage production of Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash tribute musical, runs through July 13 at 180 NE 1st St. Delray Beach. Email info@artsgarage.org or call 561.450.6537.    
     On the Radio: Sounds of the 70s runs to July 27 at the Broward Stage Door theatre, 8036 W Sample Rd. Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 or visit www.stagedoortheatre.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 
     Avenue Q runs to June 29th, at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts Crest Theater at Old School Square, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach.  Tickets are available at: http://delraycenterforthearts.org or by calling 561-243-7922 ext. 1. (Not suitable for children under the age of 15).
     The Life is at the Delray Square Performing Arts Center, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach through July 27. Call (561) 880-0319 or visit www.delraysquarearts.comfor more information and to purchase tickets.
     Cafe Cinematheque Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.at Movies of Delray 561-638-0020 and Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Movies of Lake Worth 561-968-4545. Visit www.moviesofdelray.com for more information.
     Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on www.wrpbitv.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
    Watch Barry Epstein live to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. You can be on too to promote your business. Call 561.852.0000 for details.
     Begin Again, Tammy, Earth to Echo, America and Deliver Us from Evil opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. The Grand Seduction and Third Person opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres, Movies of Delray and Lake Worth which also opens Tammy. X-Men: Edge of Tomorrow and Ida opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Tammy and Third Person opens at the Classic Gateway theatre in Fort Lauderdale. 
     The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: Odyssey Road, Journey tribute band July 11, U2 by UV , U2 tribute band, July 25, Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, Jimmy Buffet tribute band Aug 1 and Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute band Aug. 8. Visitwww.mizneramphitheatre.com for more information.
    Larry Ferber has a movie club 10 a.m. every Sunday at the FAU Living Room theatres, followed by discussion. Call 757.617.1936 for more information.     
   Every Sunday at AMF bowling, 1190 Boynton Beach Blvd. and Congress Ave. Brain Bowlers sponsors a bowling league for families and children with disabilities to raise funds and awareness for agencies and children who are void of social interaction.  Cost is only $1.38 per game and families can bowl one or two games.  There is also entertainment and prizes. For further information, call Robert Gottesman at 561-676-2075. 
   Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and the West Boca Community Council present their seventh annual Fourth of July celebration at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park on Glades Road, west of 441, featuring Replay. Following the concert is a musical fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks. The Kids Fun Zone will feature tons of games, a tattoo parlor, sidewalk chalk, and more. Several food trucks will be on site. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Free admission. In the city, shuttle buses will start running at 5:30 p.m. July 4, between all parking at the Boca Corporate Center and Countess de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Athletic Facility on Spanish River Boulevard just east of Military Trail. Family activities, including a full-size Ferris wheel, obstacle courses and sports activities will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the city, and the All-Star Band will start playing 1960s and ’70s music at 7 p.m. Both shows are shot over a lake. The city show is 21 minutes and the West Boca show is 10-12 minutes. Food is available at both venues and coolers are allowed, but no pets, except service animals.
    The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film Series will screen Academy Award Winner Tsotsi on Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the new Downtown Library.  The film will be followed by a discussion led by the Library’s Neil Schulhoff. The new Library is located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton.  Admission to the film is free and complimentary refreshments will be served. The foreign film series is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, please go to the Boca Raton Library website, www.bocalibrary.org and click on the Events Calendar in the left-hand column.  Click on Friends Foreign Film Series on the July calendar reservation form.
    The Palm Beach Pops final two Summer Rocks Mini-Concerts for children will be July 11, 9 a.m. at Florence Fuller Child Development Center East, 200 N.E. 14th St. and 10:30 a.m. at Florence Fuller Child Development Center West, 10130 185th St. South Boca Raton, featuring a dozen professional musicians from the Palm Beach Pops. For more information, visit www.palmbeachpops.org or call 561.832.7677.
The Delray Beach Playhouse Children’s Theatre, 950 NW 9th Street, Delray Beach, presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr., a fast-paced stage adaptation of the timeless film, on Saturday, July 12 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm, Sunday, July 13 at 4:00pm and Saturday, July 19 at 4:00pm with a cast of nearly 30 talented young actors ranging in age from 6 – 16 from all over Palm Beach County.  To reserve tickets to the show, 561-272-1281 Ext. 4. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 18 and younger, Day-of-Show Tickets are $18 for Adults and $15 for Children.    
     Business & Professionals Networking Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Business & Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is Tuesday, July 15, 2014   6:00 pm at New York Prime, 2350 Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton. Cost is $25 per person which includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, dietary laws observed. B&P is redefining business networking by making connections among a diverse, growing group of professionals and entrepreneurs that help build businesses as well as our community. To RSVP or for more information, visitwww.jewishboca.org/bpnetworking, call 561-852-3128 or email sonnis@bocafed.org.
     Young Adults Wandering Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is July 24, at 5:45-8:00 p.m. at Saltwater Brewery, 1701 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Cost is $8 per person for pre-registration (includes a drink), $10 at the door (includes a drink). Spend an evening with young Jewish locals in their 20s to early 40s who enjoy the best in happy hour venues and company, and connecting with the community. RSVP atjewishboca.org/happyhourFor more information, call 561.852.3165 or emailbrians@bocafed.org..
     The Boca Black Film Festival will take place at the Boca Raton Marriott from July 17-19. It is a new festival for black content makers based in the U.S. For more info, visitwww.bocablackfilm.org.
    Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale July 22-27. Call 954.462.0222 or visitwww.browardcenter.org for tickets or more information.
     The fourth annual White Coats-4-Care awareness and fund raising reception to benefit Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31 at the all-new Waterstone Resort & Marina’s Penthouse Atlantic Ballroom, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Admission starts at $100 and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561.392.5166 or emailwww.smartstrategiesstart@kcompr.com for more information.
     The National Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Boca Raton for the first time on Oct. 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Registration for the walk is free atwww.alz.org/walk. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Pamela Polani at polani@bellsouth.net or call 561-496-4222.
      JARC sponsors a bowling fundraiser 12:30 to 3 Oct. 26 at Strikes Boca to benefit Adult Day Training Program. Sponsorships are needed. Call 561.558.2572 or emailfallong@jarcfl.org. Register at www.jarcfl.org.
     The Junior League of Boca Raton’s 27th annual Volunteer of the Year fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and luncheon is Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club. Nominations are still being accepted by calling 561.620.2553.
     The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk for mental health is 8 am. Nov. 8, at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Register atnamibroward@gmail.com. For more information, call 954.316.9907 or visitwww.namibroward.org.
    The 2014-15 Broadway series season at the Kravis Center includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Nov. 11-16; The Book of Mormon, Dec. 16-21; Flashdance – the Musical, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015; Anything Goes, March 10-15, 2015; Memphis, April 7-12, 2015 and Pippin, April 28-May 3, 2015. Subscribers will get renewals in April. General public tickets will go on sale midsummer. To order go towww.kravis.org/broadway or call 561.832.7469.
     The Palm Beach Pops kicks off an abbreviated new season Dec. 14 with a one-night-only show at the Kravis Center featuring the Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr. will sing on Jan. 10 at the Boca Raton Community Church and Jan. 11 at the Kravis Center, and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on March 7 at the Boca Raton Community Church and March 8 at the Kravis Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2. Call 561.832.7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.orgwww.www.bocacommunity.org, or www.kravis.orgfor more information.
     www.westbocaleaders.com  is the best networking group in the area and meets at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Shopping Center, next to Office Max, 10125 Glades Road, 33498 on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
     Thanks to Marci Shatzman, Tribune Company and David Weir’s South Florida Business Report for contributing to the column.
     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, thewww.luxurychamber.com, the www.westbocaleaders.com and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on www.vimeo.comwww.youtube.com and www.publicrelations.nu. His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email: pr@publicrelations.nu, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on www.bocatribune.com,www.facebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.com – www.http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com  and on his website: www.publicrelations.nu.