Meet Santa and amazing Zoo animals up-close during Breakfast With Santa at the Palm Beach Zoo

Ring in the holidays at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society with amazing animals and breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

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Breakfast with Santa” will feature a scrumptious hot buffet breakfast that includes waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, omelets, pastries, coffee and juice with mimosas available for purchase. The event also features private, up-close animal encounters, a meet and greet plus photo opportunities with Santa and all-day admission to the Zoo. The event kicks off on Saturday, December 13th, and goes through Sunday, December 21st.

Advance reservations are required and most seats sell out, so guests are encouraged to register online early at www.palmbeachzoo.org/santa.

Event Dates & Times

Saturday, December 13th at 8:30 a.m.                            

Sunday, December 14th at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 20th at 8:30 a.m. or 10 a.m.            

Sunday, December 21st at 8:30 a.m. or 10 a.m.

Pricing

Zoo Members:

Adults (13+)  $22.95

Children (3-12)  $14.94

Toddlers (0-2)  $4.95

Non-members:
Adults (13+)  $32.95

Children (3-12)  $24.95

Toddlers (0-2)  $4.95

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit http://www.palmbeachzoo.org.

Universal Orlando to Host Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend on Dec. 12 and 13

Universal Orlando Resort will host a fun filled weekend featuring the Nickelodeon hit live action series “Every Witch Way” on December 12 and 13.

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Fans of the hit series will be able to enjoy two days of spellbinding activities featuring some of their favorite cast members, including Paola Andino (Emma Alonso), Nick Merico (Daniel Miller), Paris Smith (Maddie Van Pelt) and Rahart Adams (Jax Novoa). Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend will also give guests the opportunity to:

·         Enjoy an exciting celebration to kick off the weekend, featuring DJ Boogie and the cast of “Every Witch Way”

·         Participate in Q&A and autograph sessions with the cast

·         Access a special viewing party featuring an advance screening of the first two episodes of season 3 of “Every Witch Way”

·         And more!

 

“Every Witch Way” is a spell-binding tale that follows teenager Emma Alfonso (Paola Andino) as she moves to Miami and discovers that she isn’t so ordinary—she’s a witch. The series, which recently concluded its second season, is a bona fide hit consistently winning its time period (Mon-Fri, 7:30-8 p.m. ET/PT) with kids 2-11. Season 3 of “Every Witch Way” will premiere in 2015, sparking mystery and adventure with a daily dose of magic that will keep viewers captivated and enchanted.

 

During the event, guests can also experience one-of-a-kind traditions that the entire family will enjoy at Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration. Running daily from Dec. 6 to Jan. 3, guests will come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas, watch majestic Macy’s balloons wind through the streets and hear Christmas music sensation – Mannheim Steamroller – perform beloved holiday classics.

 

 It’s a weekend of bewitching and holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort—all included with admission to Universal Orlando theme parks.  For more information, visit http://www.UniversalOrlando.com/events/everywitchway.aspx.

From Striver to Thriver: Cancer Survivor Teaches Others

Cancer survivor Melanie Young says during the years after her treatment ended, still grieving the loss of her doting father and feeling burnt out from overwork as a PR agency owner, she realized her emotional healing was going to take much longer than the physical. “I wondered if the best years of my life were behind me or the worst years,” she says. “I felt stuck and not sure what direction to take to move forward. I had to learn to reframe, reconnect with myself and reset my intentions.”

In her new book, “Fearless, Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms” (Cedar Fort/Nov. 2014/$12.99), Young outlines Five Restorative Paths, in 25  essays and 125 fearless lessons, for learning to get your life back on track and rediscover joy and purpose.

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While the book is based on her own journey from “striver to thriver,” Young says it will help anyone facing a challenge, setback or emotional road block. “I want to help you avoid emotional burnout and take your life from fizzle to sizzle to reignite your vision of living life on your terms,” said Young.

Young’s 5 Rs include
Recharge. Center yourself by making your well-being a priority. Make smarter choices to improve your physical and emotional health, including diet, exercise, stress management and revaluing in your self-worth.

Release. Let go of anything that brings you down emotionally. This may include negative thoughts, toxic people or a stressful job or any other situation that could be detrimental to your mental or physical well-being.
Reconnect. Take stock of your skills and talents and think about how to retool them in ways that give you joy and renewed purpose.

Reframe. Take a negative situation. Turn it around in your mind and look at it in a new way. What can you learn from it to make a better life?

Reclaim. Learn to define and live your life by your own standards of happiness, success and who you want to be, and not by anyone else’s criteria.

 Now a health coach, Young hosts the weekly radio show “Fearless Fabulous You!” on W4WN — the Women 4 Women Network featuring inspiring women and health and wellness experts. Her first book, “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer” (Cedar Fort, 2013) is the recipient of the 2014 International Book Award for cancer health topics. Follow her at www.melanieyoung.com and https://twitter.com/mightymelanie.

Malayan Tiger Arrives at Palm Beach Zoo from Tampa

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has added a new member to its family: Malayan tiger, Angin. Angin is a four-year-old, 220-pound male Malayan tiger that came to the Zoo from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa on November 11, 2014. The tiger, whose name means “wind” in Indonesian, is currently staying in a required 30-day quarantine at the Palm Beach Zoo’s Melvin J. & Claire Levine Animal Care Complex (ACC).

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Angin’s transition from Tampa to West Palm Beach is part of a recommended move by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for Malayan tigers. The Zoo will house Angin for a minimum of the required 30 days in the ACC, before he moves to the Henry & Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Falls habitat. Officials have not yet set a date for Angin’s debut to the public, as the Zoo’s tiger habitat is still undergoing construction to double in size, financially supported by the Zoo’s newest corporate sponsor, Braman Motorcars Palm Beach & Jupiter. The company’s sponsorship is helping continue the Zoo’s tradition of providing quality care and a natural habitat for its resident tigers.

Once Angin moves out of the ACC, another male Malayan tiger, Bumi, will also move from the Lowry Park Zoo to the Palm Beach Zoo. Bumi will complete a required quarantine, and will eventually join Angin and the other two Malayan tigers, male Keemasan Mata and female Berapi Api, in the Tiger Falls habitat.

“We have a long history of showcasing tigers as one of our primary exhibits,” said Nancy Nill, associate curator for the Zoo. “With the construction of the new habitat and holding building, we are able to participate more in the conservation of the highly-endangered Malayan tiger.”

The Zoo is a recognized leader in Species Survival Plan breeding programs for Malayan tigers, with three male Malayan tiger cubs, Jaya, Bunga and Penari, born at the Zoo in 2011. The Malayan tiger population has recently been estimated at fewer than 250 tigers left in the wild. Malayan tigers are the most endangered of the tiger subspecies, and they are among the smallest of the tiger species. Malayan tigers are named after the Malay Peninsula where they are found. Initially, decline in tiger numbers was primarily because of a tremendous loss of habitat. More recently, the greater threat has been from poaching for its body parts, persecution by angry villagers, and starvation as their prey is over-harvested.

Pronounce “Angin” in Malay — http://www.forvo.com/word/angin/

Tiny Giants 3D Opens December 17, 2014 at AutoNation IMAX Theater

Viewers will soon be able to marvel at Tiny Giants 3D opening December 17, 2014 at AutoNation® IMAX Theater, the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. The first original giant screen film release from BBC Earth Productions, the film is an adventure of epic proportions created by the BBC’s  award-winning nature film makers Michael Gunton (Africa, One Life, Madagascar) and Mark Brownlow (Planet Earth, South Pacific). The film is being distributed worldwide to museum cinemas by BBC Earth and Chicago-based Giant Screen Films & D3D Cinema.

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Narrated by Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Tiny Giants 3D will transport audiences into our miniature heroes’ astonishing worlds, showing that the smaller you are the bigger the adventure. With jaw-dropping drama this pioneering film reveals the great courage and skill essential to our planet’s smallest creatures to succeed in a titanic battle for survival. Ground breaking cinematography and cutting edge 3D achieve an incredible immersive intimacy that allows audiences to truly see and feel what life is like when you’re under one foot tall.

A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Facing experienced rivals and huge predators, our chipmunk hero must find his courage to gather enough acorns for winter. Forced out of the family home, our adolescent grasshopper mouse is then swept away in a flash flood. He needs to learn the skills to survive and lay claim to his own patch of desert as he becomes an adult. Only by using their ingenious ‘superpowers’ can our heroes not only stay alive but also become masters of their universe.

The AutoNation® IMAX Theater, owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300 seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. In September 2014, the theater underwent an extensive renovation including a new giant screen (60 ft. x 80 ft.), new luxury seats, new powerful sound system and the addition of a digital projection system to complement our 15/70 film projector. The new dual IMAX projection system allows for both digital and 15/70 IMAX films to be shown, offering a more consistent flow of new Hollywood films in addition to our classic documentaries. The IMAX Experience® is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. Audiences will enjoy five-story high images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity as they’re immersed in 32,000 watts of digital surround sound broadcast through 56 speakers. And the special geometry of the theater makes you feel as though you’re immersed in the action. You’re just not seeing the movie — you’re part of it. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater and 3D films are viewed using special IMAX® 3D glasses. The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater is home to the BIGGEST screen in South Florida and is one of only three Certified Giant Screen® theaters in Florida as certified by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. For show times, call 954.463.IMAX (4629) or visit www.mods.org.

Riverwalk’s 4th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival Returns January 17th

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale proudly announces the return of Stone Crab & Seafood Festival for the 4th year. Presented by Grille 401, the event will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 11am – 5pm at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The free festival celebrates the local South Florida Seafood Industry and highlights some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood restaurants, which will be serving up fresh stone crab claws and a variety of seafood dishes starting at $5.00. Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day of great food, drinks, music, games (including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races), prizes and more!

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Stephens Distributing will be sponsoring a beer garden and participating restaurants will be announced at a later date.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale would like to thank the following sponsors – Grille 401 (Presenting Sponsor), Stephens Distributing, Premier Beverage, JM Lexus, iHeart Radio, Eye on South Florida, The Media Lab and more to come. Contact Events Manager, Cristina Hudson, at (954) 468-1541 ext. 205 or cristina@goriverwalk.com for information about additional sponsorship opportunities.

“Parade of Progress” honors Pompano Mayor as Grand Marshal

Heralding Pompano Beach’s many changes and growth over the past few years is the idea behind this year’s “Parade of Progress” on December 14. This year’s 52nd Annual Greater Pompano Beach Boat Parade is dedicated to all the redevelopment and improvements made in the city in the past few years.

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“With all the progress the City of Pompano Beach has been making, the committee decided this was the best way to honor all the changes,” said boat parade chair Dr. Brian Rask. “The city has been working hard at redevelopment and we want to honor that.”

Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher has been named this year’s grand marshal. As the lead in shepherding all the changes in Pompano Beach, Mayor Fisher has been a key player in all the progress made in Pompano Beach.

Held a week later to allow boats more time to prepare, this year’s event on December 14 will line boats up in the order their parade registrations are received, so sign up sooner for an earlier spot! The Chamber is still accepting boaters for this year’s parade.

Thousands gather along the Intracoastal Waterway every year to celebrate this annual event that starts in Pompano Beach, runs through Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach before ending at Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach. The parade is a favorite with residents and Captains alike.

New this year there will be a “People’s Choice” award, where viewers can go on the Greater Pompano Beach Boat Parade Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PompanoBeachBoatParade) and vote for their favorite entry.The winner will be given a special award at the awards party held at the Pompano Marriott in January.

The parade can be viewed from the Sands Harbor Hotel, anywhere along the Intracoastal, major bridges in Pompano Beach as well as parks and from homes along the water which can participate in a house decorating contest to win prizes. Entry is free into the parade for captains.

Attendees can also join the Mayor aboard the Musette which rides the lead in the boat parade. The boat has room for 150 people to ride along the Intracoastal for a fun evening on the water. The Musette leaves Cove Marina in Deerfield Beach at 4:45 p.m. on December 14 and returns at 9 p.m. Tickets to ride the Musette are $60 plus tax and includes open bar, buffet meal with two entrees, salad, vegetable, potato and dessert and a DJ for lots of fun and dancing along the way. Call 561-791-9686 to ride the Musette only.

For all other questions or to learn how to participate, please contact the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-941-2940.