Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – March 17, 2011

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein has joined the Holland & Knight law firm's government advocacy team, where he'll advise clients on health care, financial services and energy matters.
Now is your chance to help the racing greyhounds in Florida. State Senator, Maria Sachs, has filed a bill SB1594 which would decouple mandatory greyhound racing from other forms of gambling. In other words, the tracks can have their gambling and the dogs will not have to run. She is being bombarded with e-mails from breeders and trainers who want to stop this bill. Please send an e-mail to Senator Sachs thanking her for her leadership with this bill which will save thousands of racing greyhounds from a life of confinement, injuries and death. Contact, In addition to your name, please remember to include your address to verify that you are a Florida resident. LETS END DOG RACING! The city of Boca Raton is sponsoring a free boating and beach bash for people with disabilities on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boca Raton at Spanish River Park, Pavilion 1 and 2.
A fundraising concert for Women in Distress, featuring the Oak Street Boys will be on Saturday, March 19 at the South County Park amphitheatre on Glades Road in West Boca.
The West Boca Chamber of Commerce Fourth Thursday network will be on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Vitality Laser Spa, 9045 La Fontana Blvd., suite 102 off Lyons Road, between Yamato and Glades Roads. Cost is $10 for members and first time guests. RSVP to Since the first of the year, the Chamber has signed up 35 new members. Application can be found at Join the fastest growing new Chamber in the area and network with your fellow business and professionals at the monthly breakfasts, networks and women’s luncheons. Save the date for the Chambers second annual golf tournament on Friday, May 13 at Southwinds Golf Course.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 16th edition, March 23-31, 2011, featuring 11 World Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres and 14 Florida Premieres. PBIFF ( will present features, documentaries, shorts and student films from the U.S. and around the world, including Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Russia, West Africa, Israel, Australia, Liberia, Czech Republic, Canada and Greece, and will play host to filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films. The main festival takes place March 23 - 28, followed by screenings of the Best of the Fest which will continue on Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31.
The Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), will open its 16th edition with Sundance favorite Win Win, directed by Tom McCarthy and will wrap with the British/Kenyan drama The First Grader, from Justin Chadwick. The full PBIFF film line-up and ticket information is at In addition to the main festival, March 23 - 28, screenings of the Best of the Fest will continue on March 29 - March 31.
The Downtown Boca Film Festival (DBFF) will run from April 9-17, 2011.
Chair Karen Lynne Asher and Vice Chair Jamie Telchin request the honor of your presence at the American Cancer Society Amore Gala on Saturday, April 9 a the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, 2425 Maya Palm Drive West. Cocktails and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Dancing at 8:00 p.m. Mistress of Ceremonies will be Liz Quirantes, Anchor WPEC CBS 12. The black tie event tickets are $250 each and sponsorships are also available by contacting Jacqui Nicholson at 561.394-7751 ext. 5308 for more details.
He Wrote THAT?! 12 time Grammy nominee Dennis Lambert wrote pop music hits including Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got), We Built This City (On Rock and Roll), It Only Takes A Minute (to Fall in Love), Nightshift, Baby Come Back and more. Concert includes guest artists Tavares, Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship and Peter Beckett, the lead singer of Player. Lambert, whose life will be portrayed in an upcoming Warner Brothers movie starring Steve Carell, performs at Florida Atlantic University’s Kaye Auditorium on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 1-800-564-953. $125 for onstage seating with a meet and greet, $70, $60 and $55 and $40. Compassionate Friends, a non-profit support group in Boca for parents who have lost children, is sponsoring a fundraiser on April 29 at St. Paul Church, including a car show, raffles, silent auction, Chinese auction, 50/50, along with food and entertainment. Donations are gratefully accepted and welcomed. Their Tax ID # is 59-2125976 and Group Exemp. # is 36-2968329. Call 561.368.0324 for further information.
Movies opening Friday include Paul, The Lincoln Lawyer, Limitless and The Housemaid.
Happy St. Patricks Day today to all the Irish and those who wish they were!

Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (, with a weekly internet television show on His website is and his email is His blog is on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: You can friend him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to:

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