2017-10-12 / Arts & Entertainment News


West Palm scavenges at Bamboozle

Rick Gonazalez leads his historical walking tours on the first and third Saturdays of the month. 
COURTESY PHOTO Rick Gonazalez leads his historical walking tours on the first and third Saturdays of the month. COURTESY PHOTO Season has officially arrived, my friends, and there is lots to do!

Bamboozle, West Palm Beach’s first and only adventure-style scavenger hunt, takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The theme is “TV Shows,” and teams of four are encouraged to dress the part to receive extra points and opportunities.

The contest starts at Roxy’s Pub. Teams are given a list of clues, tasks, challenges and obstacles to complete, each with different levels of difficulty and point values. The team with the most points wins. A rooftop party follows from 6 to 8 p.m. All of the proceeds benefit Little Smiles of Florida. For more information, visit www.littlesmilesfl.org.

Read for the Record

The national Read for the Record campaign, the world’s largest shared reading experience, takes place on Thursday, Oct. 19. The campaign brings more than 2 million people together to read the same children’s book to highlight the importance of reading readiness and to close the gap by building early literacy and language skills in every child.

City officials and employees, including police officers and firefighters, will read aloud to children at the library, city recreation centers, local elementary schools and other child-care centers throughout West Palm Beach. The library has a special place for families to sit down and read the book together followed by a craft project for kids.

This year’s Read for the Record book “Quackers,” written and illustrated by Liz Wong. The story, about a kitten who grows up believing he’s a duck, is about understanding, acceptance, and that it’s OK to be whomever you want to be.

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, has copies of the book available on the third floor in KidSpace. Library card holders can borrow the e-book online at ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/mycitylibrary.

For more information, call 561-868-7701 or visit www.wpbcitylibrary.org.

Scarecrow Festival returns

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County announced it’s time to start creating your scarecrows for the annual Scarecrow Festival, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. This event is held each October on the grounds at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

Activities include a scavenger hunt inside the museum, pumpkin decorating, a corn-shucking contest, live music, an agricultural display by local farmers, and of course the scarecrow making contest with prizes. Get complete rules for the contest and details at www.historicalsocietypbc.org.

Hurricane remembered

Hurricane season doesn’t end for another 10 weeks, but on Oct. 21, the city will recognize the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history, the Storm of 1928, with a memorial event at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The site of the memorial is the park at 924 25th St., at the corner of Tamarind Avenue, West Palm Beach.

Come remember the victims of the storm that took place on Sept. 16 and killed 2,500 people, most of whom were migrant farm workers. Many of the victims never received proper burials and many were buried in a mass gravesite that is the resting place for 674 people, nearly all African- Americans.

The site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and a state historical marker was added in 2003 during the 75th anniversary of the hurricane.

Prototyping for your life

The Mandel Public Library is offering a unique class, “Rapid Prototyping for Your Life,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. This free class introduces the concept of rapid prototyping for one personal life with a goal of finding the job, relationship and/or environment that is most fulfilling for you.

Presented by Mohit Mukherjee, an educator-entrepreneur and the founder of UPEACE Centre for Executive Education and Changemakers International, helped shepherd the idea of prototyping from the world of technology to our personal lives. Prototyping in its simplest form is using pen and paper or a role-playing game; in its most complex it’s a complicated 3-dimensional working model, but what prototyping really does is hypothesize, test and analyze things. In science, it’s experimentation: Does A cause B? In one’s personal world, it could be pros and cons about accepting a job, or taking a variety of internships, shopping for a job — or a house or a mate — that’s a good fit.

Learning to prototype can be an efficient way of testing the waters, but it takes some guts. The beginning is where the learning curve is steepest and that can be daunting. But, with experience comes self-confidence and knowledge. Even the worst experience is an education and a way of conquering the biggest stumbling block of all: Fear of failure.

The Mandel Public Library is at 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

Walk and learn

The popular walking history tours of West Palm Beach have resumed on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Led by architect Rick Gonzalez, the tours begin at 10 a.m. under the giant banyan tree at Lantana Avenue and North Clematis Street and meander the streets while Mr. Gonzalez talks history, finishing up at the Richard and Pat Johnson History Museum at 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

The cost of the tour is $10, which benefits the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. Reservations are required because space is limited. Call 561-832-4164, Ext. 2, or visit www.hspbc.org. ¦

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