The Salvation Army holds 9th Annual MOST Amazing Race in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

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You’re probably familiar with the famed TV show, The Amazing Race, of which The Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race event derives its name. Deep down you probably have your own thirst for adventure or said to yourself, “Oh, I can do that!” at the sight of the numerous challenges the racers on the show underwent. While The Salvation Army won’t whisk you away to faraway lands for fame and glory, you and a partner still have a shot to become local legends and win a grand prize of $2,000! Team Up TODAY!

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, teams of two will test their physical and mental strengths as they race around downtown Fort Lauderdale in the ultimate scavenger-hunt/adventure race. Teams must master clues that lead to a number of checkpoints where they will have to overcome a variety of challenges. The race can be summed up in two words – MOST AMAZING! It’s in the title, so you can bet on having a fun & exhilarating experience.

If you are over the age of 18, can withstand some physical exertion, and can best the occasional puzzle, SIGN UP TODAY! Take advantage of FREE registration until midnight on January 31, 2015. After that, teams can enter the event for only $50 ($25 per individual).

The MOST Amazing Race benefits The Salvation Army’s programs, such as the new Open Door Shelter. Each team’s first challenge is to raise $200 through their personalized event website in order to compete the day of the race. Top fundraising teams will earn race incentives and prizes.

The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale & Go Riverwalk Magazine. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. For more info, please contact Brandon Stewart via brandon_stewart@uss.salvationarmy.org.

January 2015 Special Events and Promotions Announced for Palm Beach Zoo

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society recently announced the following special events and promotions for the month of January 2015:

 

New Year’s Day/Animal Birthday Celebrations: January 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The public is invited to celebrate New Year’s Day at the Zoo, and to wish “happy birthday” to some Zoo animals on January 1, 2015. Hugo, the Zoo’s youngest Mexican spider monkey, is celebrating his 2nd birthday. Lewis and Clark, two North American black bear brothers, are turning 14 years old, and Micco, a Florida panther ambassador, is turning three years old. Each of the animals will receive a special birthday enrichment during their corresponding Keeper Talks:  Black Bear Training, 12:30 p.m.; Mexican Spider Monkey Feeding, 1:30 p.m.; Panther Talk, 2:30 p.m.

At a Kid’s Eco-Friendly Craft Station in the Interactive Play Fountain area, children can make their own party hats, while being taught to reuse materials around their homes to encourage recycling. The event is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Save the Panther 5K: January 3, 7:30 a.m. The second annual “Save the Panther 5K” race, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company, is taking place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015 on Zoo grounds at 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL. The race route winds through Dreher Park, finishing inside the Zoo grounds at 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL.

Guests, runners and race supporters can meet the Zoo’s Florida panther, Mirasol, or Micco, a Florida panther ambassador, during a special Panther Talk at 10 a.m. on race day. The race is certified “green” by Athletes For A Fit Planet. The first 500 runners will receive a panther shirt, and limited on-site race day registration is available the morning of the race. To pre-register online, visit http://tinyurl.com/Panther5k

Story Time at the Zoo: “Go to Sleep, Gecko: A Balinese Folktale” as retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, January 3, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on January 3rd will be “Go to Sleep, Gecko: A Balinese Folktale” as retold by Margaret Read MacDonald. The event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission. 

Story Time at the Zoo: “Gator” by Randy Cecil, January 10, 10:30 a.m. – The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on January 10th will be “Gator” by Randy Cecil. The event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Story Time at the Zoo: “Mañana, Iguana” by Ann Whitford Paul, January 17, 10:30 a.m. — The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on January 17th will be “Mañana, Iguana” by Ann Whitford Paul. The event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Story Time at the Zoo: “Diary of a Wombat” by Jackie French, January 24, 10:30 a.m. — The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on January 24th will be “Diary of a Wombat” by Jackie French. The event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Story Time at the Zoo: “Anook, The Snow Princess” by Hans Wilhelm, January 31, 10:30 a.m. — The book read during Story Time at the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. on January 31st will be “Anook, The Snow Princess” by Hans Wilhelm. The event will take place at the Zoo’s Conservation Station by the Safari Train and the Wildlife Carousel. Story Time at the Zoo is geared towards encouraging children to connect with wildlife through reading, and it is included in the cost of Zoo admission.

Conservation Leadership Lecture: “Mermaids & Manatees: 40 Years of Manatee Research,” January 29,

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Guests are invited to the Zoo’s first Conservation Leadership Lecture of 2015 featuring Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, executive director for Sea to Shore Alliance, as he discusses “Mermaids & Manatees: 40 Years of Manatee Research.” For more than 40 years, Powell has worked to conserve manatees and other endangered species around the world, and his efforts have resulted in coastal protected areas in Florida, West Africa, Central America, and now Cuba. His approach integrates science and education to unlock solutions to conservation issues. The Conservation Leadership Lecture series is generously supported by presenting sponsor Bank of America.

The lecture will occur on January 29th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Zoo’s Tropics Café. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Zoo animal encounters from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the lecture presentation. Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. To purchase your tickets online, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. If you have any questions about the event, please call the Zoo at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.

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 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 www.palmbeachzoo.org.

MOSI to be first Florida institution to increase accessibility to low-income families with Museums for All

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MOSI is proud to announce their participation in a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institution for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) titled Museums for All beginning Jan. 1, 2015. This effort offers access to programs that encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. MOSI will be the first institution in the state of Florida to take part in this program.

Museums for All will enable low-income families to visit MOSI year-round for a minimal fee. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Florida residents baring an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a photo ID will be granted access for up to five (5) guests for $3 per person. Guests will be able to enjoy access to all of MOSI’s exhibit galleries, including Kids in Charge!, Disasterville and 3D Printing the Future: the Exhibition with their $3 admission.

“The Museums for All initiative represents a long stride toward our goal of reaching more children and parents, especially those living in poverty, with the valuable learning resources of museums,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “We know that only 43 percent of children in the lowest socioeconomic status visited museums in their kindergarten year, compared to 65 percent of children in the highest SES. The disparity of access to learning resources between children of affluence and those in poverty has created a knowledge gap with serious implications for our nation’s economic prosperity.”

This initiative will allow MOSI to expand its reach and impact. By removing the financial barrier, Museums for All also removes the social and academic barrier children face when they are not able to take part in high quality museum experiences.

“Your zip code of birth or residence should not dictate your access to vital educational resources. Museums for All aligns with MOSI’s core ideology: to make science real for people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Molly Demeulenaere, Interim CEO and President of MOSI. “Allowing families access to these resources will help put an end to the early learning crisis we are facing. We want children to go to school equipped with the academic and social skills needed for success, and we want them to learn those skills here at MOSI.”

A complete list of museum participants is available on the ACM website at www.childrensmuseums.org/museums-for-all/museums-for-all.html.

Holland America Line Named ‘Best Overall Cruise Value’ By World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society for 22nd Year

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World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society members named Holland America Line the Best Overall Cruise Value 2014 for the 22nd consecutive year in the publication’s annual Best Cruise Value Awards.

Holland America Line also received top marks in the High-Deluxe, 5-Star-Plus, Large Ships category in recognition of its premium cruise experience.

“To have won this award every year for more than two decades is a true testament to the dedication by everyone at Holland America Line who ensure that we continue to offer an exceptional experience to our guests,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “To be recognized by this esteemed group of travelers is an honor and we thank everyone at the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society for the award.”

WOCLS members are experienced cruisers who take an average of two cruises a year. The society reviews all cruise lines annually, and in its monthly Ocean & Cruise News publication noted, “To make this decision we lean very heavily on our members and their comments and their repeat cruise patterns which is a true statement of whether or not they felt they received the best value. The cruise line that in 2014 once again offered the very ‘Best Overall Cruise Value’ for 2014 is Holland America Line.”

Holland America consistently offers their passengers a cruise experience worth repeating,” wrote Thomas Cassidy, editor of Ocean & Cruise News. “Holland America has built an incredibly loyal base of repeat passengers which grows each year.”

WOCLS cited Holland America Line’s “… immaculate appearance of its ships and its friendly Indonesian and Filipino crew, to its growing culinary program including Le Cirque and the more extensive choice of dinner menus in its restaurants to all the little extras such as canvas tote bags, hot hors d’oeuvres at cocktail time, chilled beer glasses, a no-charge ice cream bar and later lunch hours when in port” as contributing factors to the line’s selection as Best Overall Cruise Value of 2014.

To take top honors in the High-Deluxe, 5-Star-Plus, Large Ship category, WOCLS said, “At the same price point HAL still offers a far more elegant product and far more personalized service than other cruise lines in this category and remarkably, they are able to deliver this product consistently across all the ships in their fleet. Their old-world ambiance, friendly and excellent service, fine food and the extra touches that passengers do not expect. This combines to make Holland America Line the most repeated cruise line of our members and the Best Cruise Value in this category.

For more information on Holland America Line’s cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys, consult a professional travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-54251-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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Riverwalk presents Riverwalk Gourmet Delights and Riverwalk Recreation

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale continues to seek out ways to engage the community with their riverwalk and on January 5, 2015, we will present our latest efforts to accomplish just that! Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale announces the opening of Riverwalk Gourmet Delights and Riverwalk Recreation. These new additions to the Riverwalk will serve as new enhancements to the Riverwalk among other ongoing and pending initiatives.

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Riverwalk Gourmet Delights includes three food kiosks which will be situated along the Riverwalk near the Huizenga Plaza/Bubier Park. The kiosks – Wholly Crepe, Expresso, and Nacho Bizness – will serve a variety of flavors and styles. Chefs will serve up quality dishes and the Riverwalk will provide the view for the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner out. An opportunity to enjoy the quintessential beauty of the Riverwalk, while tasting exciting new flavors. Menu items will include sweet and savory crepes, grilled cheese varieties, Asian-Mexican fusion, and more. The ribbon cutting ceremony for Riverwalk Gourmet Delights will be at 4:00 pm along the Riverwalk by Huizenga Plaza/Bubier Park.

Riverwalk Recreation will offer a broad range of activities to encourage locals and visitors to spend some time along Riverwalk, while getting healthy. Located in the Riverfront Plaza at 300 SW 1st Ave #111, this space is dedicated to providing a one stop shop for activities on the river. Such activities include guided bicycle, quadracycle, and Segway tours, paddleboard and kayak rental, yoga classes, workout meet-ups, photography classes and dog training classes. The ribbon cutting ceremony for Riverwalk Recreation will be at 4:30 pm at Riverfront Plaza Suite 111.

For more information, please contact Genia Duncan Ellis, president and CEO, at (954) 468-1541(954) 468-1541 ext. 202 or genia@goriverwalk.com.

Palm Beach Zoo Receives New Tiger, Houses Four Adult Tigers

 For the first time ever, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is home to four adult tigers. The Zoo has been home to Keemasan Mata, a nine-year-old male Malayan tiger, Berapi Api, an eleven-year-old female Malayan tiger, and Angin, a four-year-old male Malayan tiger.

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Bumi, a four-year-old male Malayan tiger whose name means “earth” in Indonesian, joined the Zoo as its newest resident on December 10, 2014. Bumi comes to West Palm Beach from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. With the addition of Bumi, the Zoo is making “tiger history.”

Other milestones for the Zoo include Angin’s public debut, as well as completion of and debut of tigers in a new section of the Henry & Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Habitat, which has been under construction for nearly a year. Angin made his public debut in the Zoo’s “Tiger Falls” habitat on December 16th. The Zoo’s first Tiger Talk in the new “Tiger River” habitat section occurred on December 18th and featured Berapi Api.

Bumi’s transition from Tampa to West Palm Beach is part of a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for Malayan tigers. The Zoo will house Bumi in the Zoo’s Melvin J. & Claire Levine Animal Care Complex for a minimum of 30 days, after which he will move to the Tiger Falls habitat. Officials have not yet set a date for Bumi’s public debut.

The Zoo is expanding the tiger habitat to double its original size. This expansion project is supported by the Zoo’s newest corporate sponsor, Braman Motorcars Palm Beach & Jupiter. The company’s sponsorship is helping continue the Zoo’s commitment to providing quality care and a natural habitat for its resident tigers. A grand opening ceremony for the new section of the tiger habitat will be scheduled in 2015.

“This is historic for us,” explained Nancy Nill, associate curator for the Zoo. “We are excited to welcome our fourth Malayan tiger, Bumi, and make Zoo history by keeping four adult tigers on grounds all at once. Because the tiger habitat has doubled in size, we are now able to house this many adult tigers. This is a huge step for us, and it is a good feeling to know we are expanding our role in Malayan tiger conservation.”

“Even though Bumi is not recommended to breed at the moment, by having the space to hold him, we are allowing other institutions to be able to breed,” Nill continued. “This provides a greater chance for the captive population to increase.”  

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 wild Malayan tiger population has recently been estimated at fewer than 250 animals. Malayan tigers are the most endangered of the tiger subspecies, and they are among the smallest of the tiger species. Malayan tigers are indigenous to the Malay Peninsula, for which they are named. Initially, decline in tiger numbers was primarily due to 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.